When you crave sweets and cakes like myself, but you're not allowed to over-indulge yourself (like me), then individual portions are the thing. You can spend all your money on 100 calorie pouches, or you can make your own. Just like these Mini Donuts. They're not fried, but baked in a device that almost looks like a waffle iron, but with round wells. I got this from Amazon for $ 14.99 (click on the image for an affiliate link).
They're so easy to make:
- Mix 2 cups of flour with
- 1/4 cup of sugar,
- 1 tsp salt,
- 1/2 tsp baking soda,
- 1 tsp nutmeg (or 1/4 tsp cinnamon) and
- 1 tsp baking powder, then add
- 3/4 cup of buttermilk (or, if you don't have buttermilk on hand, 3/4 cup of regular milk with added 1 tbsp of lemon juice),
- 1/4 cup of vegetable oil such as safflower or canola and
- 1 egg
Stir well. I scoop the dough with a ice cream scoop into the donut holes (a 2 tbsp scoop will do nicely). Close the lid and cook for approx. 3 minutes, then turn the machine upside down and cook for another 2 minutes.
Carefully remove the donuts and place them into an empty egg container to cool. That way, they retain the beautiful shape. You can roll them in sugar, inject them with jam, or bake them longer and play ping pong with them.
They also freeze beautifully, so if you want to add them to your lunch or have one after dinner, just take them out of the freezer and they'll thaw by the time you want to enjoy them. If you keep the rest in the freezer, you'll not eat all at once!
I also tried to bake cake mix in them, and little balls made from pizza dough - fabulous!