I had never really been a huge fan of doughnuts/donuts. Sure, if a box happened to appear at work – as was a near-daily occurrence at a different job, what feels like a lifetime ago – I was happy to grab one and continue reviewing commodity codes on a sugar high. But they never really excited me in one of those oh-boy-gotta-have-one ways. They have a tendency to go stale quickly (particularly when stored in their original, not-airtight boxes), or else melt and ooze glaze all over the place. That’s not to say I don’t still consume the odd one today; I just do so much more judiciously than the Witty Child of yore.
When a new, “gourmet” donut shop opened up a block or so from my office, despite the buzz of excitement from my coworkers, I remained at first impervious. It was nearly two months before I made my first trek over. Lemon meringue? Chocolate-peanut butter cup? This wasn’t your parbaked Tim’s fare. They were certainly delicious, but at $3 or $4 each, were definitely a treat. And so I more or less regained my immunity to their siren song, at least until the day I decided to go for a walk and found the shop boasting a vegan yeast donut with a root beer glaze.
Who would have known that something so deceptively simple could be so good?! Words can’t describe it. This is a full-on-Snuffles-float, lick-the-glaze-off-your-fingers-until-they-turn-pruny delight.
Naturally, I decided I had to try to recreate these.
I’m not a fan of deep-frying (or, let’s be honest, pan-frying) at home due to the inherent chance of setting the kitchen alight, and also because everything in the house will smell like nasty fried oil after. Fully aware of this self-imposed limitation, I was pleased to find a recipe for baked donuts in Chloe Coscarelli’s Chloe’s Vegan Desserts.
The batter came together really quickly, which I loved, and baked quickly, too. However, I’m starting to suspect I’m not such a fan of baked donuts due to their propensity for getting distinctly darker on the bottom (think muffin bottom vs. muffin top). The recipe also called for way too much nutmeg which made them smell suspiciously like a baked ham as they cooked, but that can easily be altered if I make them again.
But ah, it’s all about the glaze, isn’t it? My stockpile of root beer extract from Watkins came in handy, and let me double-dip these bad boys. Hands down, the best part of the donut!
As always, thanks for looking! 🙂