Last Saturday we had our book launch at BookCourt in Brooklyn. We’re so lucky to have such a fantastic independent bookstore in our neighborhood!
Anne Rockwell, the author, came all the way from Stamford, CT to be there! It was nice to see her again. If I had any brain cells I would have had Denis take a picture of us in front of the store!
It was well attended and a lot people ended up staying a long time even after the reading was over (that’s a sign of a good bookstore!)
I made mini donuts and mini muffins for the occasion. Luckily there were no leftovers to bring back home… A big THANK YOU to all those who showed up!
Note: I used a mini donut pan. You could make regular sized donuts instead. You will have to bake them for about 15 minutes and it will make about 1 dozen for each recipe.
Baked Vanilla Donuts with Vanilla and Chocolate Glaze (based on this recipe from theKitchn. I used a different method for the glaze because I wanted to make sure the glaze would be firm enough for transport)
2 teaspoons active dry yeast (one packet)
2 tablespoons warm water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large eggs
1 cup plain yogurt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Drop of food coloring if you want!
2 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
milk as needed (about 1-2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray donut pan with non-stick spray.
2. In a small bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water and set aside. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
3. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, yogurt, melted butter, vanilla extract, and yeast mixture until combined. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until incorporated.
4. Spoon batter into donut pan –just a little bit — about half way. With the mini donut pan, you don’t need much! It will spill over and look like a muffin.
5. Bake donuts until puffed and golden, about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 5 minutes on rack. Transfer donuts to rack to cool.
6. For vanilla glaze, I just added vanilla and a bit of water a little at a time to sugar until the consistency is opaque but still wet.
7. For chocolate glaze, melt chocolate and butter together in microwave in 30 second intervals. Stir until smooth. Add sugar gradually. Add milk if it is too thick.
8. For cinnamon sugar topping, mix sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl.
9. To decorate, dip donuts in glazes and sprinkle with sprinkles if desired. Dip on both sides in cinnamon sugar mixture.
Baked Chocolate Donuts (based on this recipe on Mom Advice
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
4 teaspoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
2. Coat donut pan with non-stick spray.
3. Whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
4. In another bowl, whisk milk, sugar, egg, butter, coffee, and vanilla until smooth.
5. Add milk mixture to flour mixture. Whisk until fully incorporated.
6. Fill donut pan a bit less than half-way full. Bake for 8 minutes or until donuts spring back when touched.
7. Cool in pan for about 5 minutes on rack. Remove donuts to cool on rack.
8. Dip in vanilla glaze (see above).