Smoked Sea Salt Kissed Maple Donuts
Do you love Valentine’s Day?
Yeah, me neither.
When I was a kid, it only reinforced how completely not popular I was with the fellas. I’d tear through my Valentines box at school, scouring each flimsy little pre-written card for the one that might just hold a message cryptic enough it could possibly mean that the boy that gave it to me actually liked me. “Like” liked me.
Nope. All I ever got were clearly platonic statements like “Bee My Friend” with the very unambiguous Conversation Heart “Chill Out” taped to the front.
No, you “Chill Out,” Brian P.
When I was first married, Valentine’s Day meant trying to one-up your new spouse on the perfect gift to show how deeply in love you are. Pea Daddy got me a vacuum.
Now Valentine’s Day is all about helping the girls make Valentine’s for their 42 classmates.
That’s a lot of construction paper, scissors, glue and witty sayings to come up with. “Bee my friend?”
Valentine’s Day is about wondering how we are going to possibly get a date night or even just five minutes alone when our babysitters are vacationing in Hawaii for their wedding anniversary. How selfish can parents be?
Valentine’s Day means taking every precaution necessary to keep the girls from finding out that there is a Calliou Valentine’s Day special on next week.
Don’t make me pull out the sprinkles, girls.
As for Pea Daddy, I can’t help but think he was coveting the bacon maple bar from Voodoo Doughnuts on our last trip to Portland. Maybe his nose pressed to the case and his breath fogging up the glass gave it away.
Well, this is just like that.
Only nobody died.
Smoked Sea Salt Kissed Maple Donuts
Makes 12 donuts
- 1 c. unbleached flour
- 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 T. baking powder
- 1/4 t. salt
- 1/2 t. nutmeg
- 1/4 c. melted vegan margarine (i.e. Earth Balance) or coconut oil
- 3/4 c. non-dairy or organic milk
- 1/2 t. vanilla extract
- 2/3 c. organic sugar
- 2 T. brown sugar
- 1/4 c. vegan margarine (i.e. Earth Balance)
- 1 c. powdered sugar
- 1 t. maple extract
- 1-2 T. non-dairy or organic milk
- smoked sea salt and/or sprinkles
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.
In a small bowl (or just in your liquid measuring cup), combine melted margarine, milk, vanilla and sugar. Mix until sugar has dissolved.
Add milk mixture to flour mixture and stir until just combined.
You’ll need a donut pan, but a muffin tin will suffice in a pinch. I’ve seen the donut pans at Target lately, though my friend Deb picked up this heart donut pan for me. She’s so romantic.
Pipe or spoon batter into a donut pan that has been lightly greased or sprayed with cooking spray.
Like a couch cushion, don’t worry about if it’s perfect. Only one side has to look good.
Bake for 11-13 minutes or until donuts are firm to the touch. Allow donuts to cool in pan for approximately 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
For the frosting, beat together brown sugar, margarine, powdered sugar and maple extract. Add as much milk as need to get the desired consistency.
Frost your donuts generously.
This is where the magic happens.
You can find this smoked sea salt at Trader Joe’s but many specialty shops will have smoked salt if you can’t get your hands on this one. It’s a great addition to your spice cupboard as it gives an incredible smoky and almost “bacony” flavor to anything you put it on.
Like maple frosted donuts.
If you can’t find smoked salt, even just regular coarsely ground sea salt would be wonderful.
As would pink sprinkles.
For the girls.
Or so I thought.
Pea Daddy walked right in from work, barely said hello and had half a pink sprinkled donut in his mouth.
He said, “These are the best donuts you’ve ever made.”
Only his mouth was full so crumbs were falling out of his face and it sounded and awful lot like he said “For Valentine’s Day, you should go get yourself a mani/pedi and a massage.”
And while I’m gone, I know just the present he can use to pick up those crumbs.