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If you need something new in your life, follow along with me on this blog, Create & Change. Together for 365 days, we will take tiny steps to make something new. As you move along, report back along the way. 

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Day 43 - Donuts & Joe.

Day 43 - Donuts & Joe.

Day 43 - Hey! It's Friday. Hooray! What is a better way to celebrate the weekend and kick off Valentine's festivities than to make a plan to serve donuts and a great pot of joe on Valentines Day?  Who would love to wake up on Valentine's Day to homemade, warm, sugary heart shaped donuts that only take 15 min to make? Me! Me! Me! Oh wait. I am suppose to be making them for my Valentine. I was hypnotized by the smell of frying dough.

 Get Ready For Some Super Duper Donuts.

Get Ready For Some Super Duper Donuts.

This idea blossomed from thinking about what my lover loves. He has two vices: donuts & coffee. That man has never met a cup of joe or a donut that he didn't want to marry. He's addicted to both. So in the pursuit of making him a happy Valentine, I have researched the best homemade donuts and instructions on how to make the best french press coffee. 

Today's project is to create a shopping list of things you will need to make the most amazing, warm, sugary donuts on Valentine's Day.  I'll also give you the recipe so you can look it over and drool over the photos. Tomorrow's post will be about the perfect cup of joe so stay tuned.

 A Nice Bath Of Cinnamon & Sugar. I'm Going To Try Powdered Sugar Next Time.

A Nice Bath Of Cinnamon & Sugar. I'm Going To Try Powdered Sugar Next Time.

Back to the donuts. Here is the shopping list & recipe:

Directions for 15 Minute Donuts (Adapted from Cooking Classy)

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp melted butter
  • 2 cups canola oil, for frying
  • Granulated sugar, cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar, for coating
  • small heart shaped cookie cutter

Preheat oil over medium heat in a 10 inch non-stick fry-pan (keeping an eye on it as it is heating). In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together milk, buttermilk, sugar and melted butter. Using a fork stir in dry ingredients and mix just until combine (think of making biscuit dough, you just want to incorporate the ingredients). 

Once the oil has reached 350 degrees, remove your dough from the bowl and place on a gently floured work surface roll out your dough into a rectangle. (gently roll to keep the dough fluffy, think of rolling something really fragile. Again this is like a biscuit dough you don't want to overwork it). Using the heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out as many hearts as possible. Set the hearts on a plate and re-roll the dough to cut out more hearts. Is there any left over dough after the 2nd time of rolling? Discard.

Gently place dough hearts into oil and fry until golden brown on bottom then flip and cook reverse side until golden brown. Carefully remove with metal tongs or a fork and drain onto a paper towel lined plate. Roll in sugar. Repeat this process with remaining dough (you can fit about 8 heart donuts in the pan at once if you can work that fast. Note: these are best enjoyed the day they are made.

 Gentle With This Dough. Not Too Much Mixing.

Gentle With This Dough. Not Too Much Mixing.

 Gentle!

Gentle!

 I Heart Donuts.

I Heart Donuts.

 Making Swedish Chef Noises.

Making Swedish Chef Noises.

 Taking A Nice Warm Bath.

Taking A Nice Warm Bath.

 Whew. Sweaty.

Whew. Sweaty.

 Ta Da! Done! Yum. 

Ta Da! Done! Yum. 

What do you think? Will you create some warm, buttery donuts for your Valentine? Was it easy? Tomorrow we tackle the coffee!

Day 44 - Donuts & Joe. Part 2.

Day 44 - Donuts & Joe. Part 2.

Day 42 - Anatomy Of A Love Letter.

Day 42 - Anatomy Of A Love Letter.