Natalie McLaury considers herself a bit of a hoarder when it comes to magazines. Never one to pass up a good deal on a subscription, it’s to the point where she now finds herself receiving a magazine in the mail several times a week. Most of the time, she rips out pages of recipes but fails to actually create the recipe in her kitchen. Not anymore! Join Natalie as she cooks the magazines.
By Natalie McLaury
One year after buying my donut pan, I finally used it! Granted, I pulled it out to make these muffin tops, but for the better part of the year, it’s been clogging up space in my cupboard. The thing is, I’m not a huge donut fan. I think the occasional donut is enjoyable, but I find muffins and coffee cakes much more appealing when it comes to breakfast sweets. Donuts were all the rage around the blogosphere, which is what convinced me to buy the pan last summer. After finally using the pan, I’m starting to see why!
I’m not sure how to describe the taste and texture of these donuts, except to say that they are definitely full of donut flavor, but not necessarily the donuts I remember from my childhood. How’s that for ambiguity? My husband called them “light and fluffy” and while they have a mild sweetness, you don’t feel like you’re one bite away from a cavity. The lemon glaze was a pretty (and tasty!) touch, but when I stored them overnight the glaze sunk into the cake and disappeared. Its flavor was still present, they just weren’t as attractive. Thus, I recommend making these the day you plan to serve them—they’ll look the best and taste the freshest (though leftovers still tasted good for two days after).
I don’t plan to let another year go by before I break out the donut pan again. I’m thinking something a little more indulgent is next up…Print
Natalie McLaury is a St Louis based food writer with a passion for real food and experimenting in the kitchen. Her cooking ranges from healthy three course meals to decadent desserts, and she shares many of her food tips and recipes on her successful The Sweets Life blog . As an avid runner and fitness expert, she also gives the occasional tips on how to combine a serious interest in health with a sweet tooth.