Who is ready for a little breakfast fun? We seem to have a hard time figuring out what to make for Christmas breakfast every year. We want something quick for after we open presents and we want something everyone will enjoy. We seem to be batting zero the last few years. This year, I’m trying to figure something out ahead of time, so I made a fun Christmas recipe for donuts.
We tend to have fun making up different donut recipes on the weekends, so I thought it would be fun to come up with some donuts for Christmas morning. They are pretty quick and easy to make and everyone will eat them. I set off to make this recipe in hopes that I could solve the Christmas morning breakfast dilemma.
I don’t know about you, but as much as pumpkin is to the fall season, I feel like peppermint and chocolate are to the Christmas season. I decided to make a chocolate donut with a peppermint glaze. Bob’s Red Mill sent me the flour for these donuts as well as sponsored this post. I love their flours and mixes! They make great quality ingredients and I love how many options they have of both sizes of bags as well a variety of flours, grains, and other mixes. I also love that they are out of Oregon. ♥
For this recipe, I wanted to mix together Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat flour with Bob’s Red Mill Organic Unbleached All-Purpose flour (wow that is a mouthful 🙂 ). By mixing the two flours together, I am able to get the additional nutritional benefits, like extra vitamins, minerals, and protein from the Whole Wheat flour and not add to the denseness of the donuts. I love how light and fluffy both of the Bob’s Red Mill flours are as well as the fact that the All-Purpose flour is unbleached and doesn’t have any additional additives. These are all things I look for in our foods. I have a coupon for you to save some money on your Bob’s Red Mill flours this holiday season. ♥
First, you will mix up your batter. (I’ve got the full recipe in a printable for you at the bottom of this post.) Each recipe will make between 6 and 10 donuts depending on the size of your donuts.
My dough came out a bit thick, which can be a great thing if you are planning to roll out your dough and cut donuts the more traditional way. I was not planning that, so I needed to thin my donut batter with a little additional milk. Just play with yours until it is a consistency that you are comfortable with.
Here are two fun little tricks for you that can make donuts super fast and easy to make.
- Use a piping bag to make your donuts rather than rolling and cutting them. When you are filling the bag, place a small chip clip at the bottom of the bag so the donut batter doesn’t seep out the bottom.
- Once your bag is full, move the clip to the top of the bag so that you don’t have to worry about the dough coming out the top while you are piping. It also makes the bag a little easier to handle…at least if you are not a professional pastry chef like me.
To make the donuts quite quickly, just pipe them in circles on your silicone mat lined tray. My donuts made like this aren’t nearly as pretty as those I made in our little donut maker. I made most of mine in the little electric donut maker because I wanted pretty donuts for pictures. Those that baked in the oven were lighter and more fluffy than those made in the donut maker.
If you are using a donut maker, you can use this same piping bag trick to get the dough into the donut maker molds as well. That is what I do all the time and it makes it so quick and easy to make donuts. ♥
After the donuts have baked, allow them to cool. While they are cooling mix up your glaze. I made my glaze nice and thick and added peppermint to the glaze for a delicious peppermint flavor. I like it when the glaze is a bit thick so it stays on the donut. So often when we mix up glaze it is too thin and they we have a hard time getting it to stay on the donuts.
After adding the glaze to your donuts, sprinkles are a fun addition. Did you guys know that there is such a thing as edible glitter? I had no idea. The red sprinkles on our donuts are edible glitter. From a glitter fan, I have to say edible glitter is just fun! Of course, I have to totally ignore the ingredients on that bottle because I’m not a fan of what goes into them, but sometimes I have to say, “Whatever.” I added extra nutrition with the whole wheat flour and now we are having fun with sprinkles. They are pretty and in small amounts. I also used some gold dusting sugar.
These donuts look and taste just like Christmas to me. They do tend to cook more densely in the donut cooker. Those that I made in the oven didn’t have that issue ….kind of interesting. I guess I must put too much batter into the donut maker or maybe it is the air flow in the oven. Those are the only theories we could come up with at our breakfast table this weekend while we were discussing and enjoying the donuts.
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Have you made homemade Donuts? What is your favorite flavor?
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