Is anyone else feeling a funk? A holiday ennui? Is it brought on by so much travel late in the year? Or just…getting older?
I’m trying to get back in the spirit of things, the tradition. The memories of What It Used to Be. So I’m baking. But royal icing seemed too fussy. My cold hands felt like all thumbs. So I thought donuts, plump and fluffy and warm. I added some buttercream, some dye. Some pearls for good measure. And here we are - little wreaths for your Christmas morning.
Christmas Wreath Donuts
1 cup AP flour
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 TB butter, melted (or olive oil!)
1 egg + 1 yolk
1/3 cup whole or buttermilk
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Spray or grease your donut pan with oil
Preheat oven to 350*F
Sift together all dry ingredients
Whisk together all wet ingredients
With a rubber spatula, mix wet into dry
Pipe (or spoon) mixture into prepared pan to about 3/4 way full
Bang slightly on counter to get air bubbles out
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown on top
Allow to cool, remove from pan, see below for decoration notes
Decoration notes: I used a “ruffled” piping tip and dotted each donut to create a fir effect. For the buttercream, I used 6 TB unsalted butter, softened, 4 TB shortening, 1/2 TB vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 2 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar. I used a good gel kelly green dye and mixed this in by hand (I wanted a bit of striation on the dye for a more visual variety than the homogenous mixture done by a stand mixer)
I added white sugar pearls as baubles to finish.