Do you know those little packets of donuts sitting in the front junk food display at grocery stores and gas stations? I can’t look at them for too long or else I’ll find myself battling temptation of biblical proportions. I know, they’re unhealthy and they’re not even especially delicious, but sometimes I just want a donut. No shame. We all have our guilty pleasures. Donuts are one of mine.
Now that we’re stuck at home thanks to COVID, donut shops are on my list of things I find myself thinking about often. The kids and I used to stop at one in particular while running errands every now and then, especially when celebrating or rewarding ourselves. Sometimes I surprised them with a donut just to be nice and fun.
I cannot wait for that element of normalcy.
Until then it feels wrong to include store-bought donuts in a grocery order. However, I feel less guilty about donuts if they’re homemade. I don’t know about you, but the rules of my kitchen dictate that if it’s homemade and from scratch, you don’t have to feel guilty about it.
To make these bad boys I suggest getting yourself a donut pan (which I find absolutely adorable!). I’ve got two of these laying around: one for full-sized donuts and another for mini-sized. The other tool I suggest using for this recipe is a piping bag, even if it’s a simple Ziploc cut at a corner. However, this isn’t totally necessary. In fact, I used a spoon since I had extra help in my kitchen at the time and didn’t feel like messing with the bag. It will, however, make filling the pan easier and less messy.
If you’re still homebound during this wild ride of a time, hopefully, these homemade donuts can offer you a little pick me up when you’re feeling the social-distancing blues. Baking is magical that way.