Monday, May 21, 2007

Not quite doughnuts
--Devil’s Food Cake Doughnuts

Devil’s Food Cake Doughnuts
Fry Light, Fry Right! Copyright 2004

1 ½ c. unbleached white flour
1 c. granulated sugar
¼ c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 c. water
2 tbsp. canola oil (plus more oil for preparing pans)
3 tbsp. fat-free or light sour cream
1 tbsp. vinegar
1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 340 degree F. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat the doughnut cups with canola oil.
2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt; mix well. Add the water, canola oil, sour cream, vinegar, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.
3. Fill the prepared doughnut cups almost to the top. Bake until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Let cool before removing from the pan and/or glazing.

Makes about 12 doughnuts (full-size - I made 24 mini-doughnuts and 12 farm animals). Per 2 unfrosted donuts: 286 cal, 4 g pro, 57 g carbs, 5.3 g fat, 1 mg chol, 2 g fiber, 410 mg sodium

Vanilla Glaze

1 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp. water
½ tsp vanilla extract I thought that was too much - the vanilla flavor was too strong

Combine powdered sugar, water and vanilla in a small bowl and stir until smooth.

Okay, I won't lie to you, these weren't as good as a fried doughnut but what is? These weren't bad but let's face it - they're little cakes, not doughnuts. They started to get a bit sticky after a while. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices when you're trying to eat healthier (not that I often eat real doughnuts). They get extra points for being cute.

So, I still haven't found the optimal recipe for my mini-doughnut pan that. I suspect a rich, dense pound cake-like recipe might be best, yet not all that much better for you than frying.

We're not eating healthy enough on weekends. I need to put more effort into planning weekend meals. I just never know for sure if we're going to be eating at home on the weekends.

I don't feel as bad about my grocery bills anymore. I was picking up a few things yesterday and the woman in front of me was spending over $220 on a cart of food smaller than I usually buy. Sure, she likely was shopping for more than one week and who knows what she had in there. I noticed bottles of detergent, marked-down beef, a frozen pizza, lots of fresh produce and a bottle of self-tanner - hell yeah I'm nosey! It just brought home to me that fact that it's not just me - grocery prices are much higher than they were a few years ago so I can't keep comparing what I'm spending now to what I was spending a few years ago.

I just now realized that Blogger changed things around and made it the default to not allow new comments. I was wondering why no one had anything to say on Friday. I don't know why they're fooling with stuff like that when they have so many other quirks they need to iron out.

Blast From The Past: Marinated Barbecue Chicken from July 2006. I served this at our big cookout last year and it got a lot of compliments.

Question of the Day: Have you noticed an increase in grocery prices?


Unknown said...

I had not...until yesterday! My goodness this is ridiculous! I don't know what it is, but SOMETHING must be done about this.

MommyProf said...

Yes! I used to be able to use the $10/bag heuristic to estimate what groceries cost, but this doesn't work any more, at all. I can't even believe how much milk is.

Heather said...

I guess it had to hit us at some point. I thought it was just getting more expensive because of the items I was buying.

Anonymous said...

Where did you get the doughnut pan from?

- Kelly

Anonymous said...

I have a loose budget and seem to be going over that every month. And I'm not buying specialty items or things I wouldn't normally buy. I'm starting to pay a lot more attention to sale items.

The Cookbook Junkie said...

I bought the pan at an Amish store that sells a variety of items but you can find it online. I have one that makes 12 but there's also one that makes 24 (I would suggest that one since the smaller one doesn't hold much batter.)

Anonymous said...

Okay, I swear I had a post written for this but it didn't "take". Darn Blogger.

Anyway, my comment was I have a doughnut maker (like a sandwich maker but with 5 small doughnut shapes that you stick dough in and then it bakes it) and have never found a recipe that was worth using. So, keep the baked doughnut recipes coming. :-)

As for grocery prices .. I'm shocked at how much prices have risen even since the beginning of the year. Yuck.