Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vegan Mofo Comfort Food: Baked Cinnamon Donuts

baked! not fried!

It was my boss's birthday last Friday, so I wanted to bring something fun for her and my other coworkers to eat on Monday. My boss has mentioned that she's trying not to eat huge quantities of sweets and, as someone who likes to encourage people to eat healthy, I support that. But a very small, mostly organic, baked vegan donut as as birthday treat? Probably not going to do too much damage. At least that is what I was thinking when I decided to make these. Luckily, I was right. She liked the donuts, and so did the rest of my office mates.

vegan donuts for my coworkers

And why wouldn't you like these donuts, I ask you? For they are divine. To make them, I used this recipe posted a million years ago on The Urban Housewife blog which links back to this recipe on Vegan Yum Yum. It worked like a charm. It also allowed me to explain the difference between "moist" as a favorable adjective versus "moist" as an unfavorable adjective to my aforementioned very French administrative assistant, Matthieu. But I digress.

I didn't glaze the donuts, like the recipe suggests, but instead rolled them in a mixture of cinnamon and powdered sugar. So good. Words fail me.

vegan cinnamon sugar donuts

Of course, you need a donut pan to make these. I bought one a little while ago and my favourite Ottawa kitchen stuff store, Kitchenalia. At the time I mentally chided myself for buying a single-purpose item I didn't think I'd use much, but I'm so glad my non-practical side won out. Because making your own donuts is really cool. And impressive for those close to you. Now I need to find someone who will be as excited by the baked goods made with the other totally frivolous kitchen item I purchased this year.

J.

10 comments:

ciaochow said...

I'd like to become one of your coworkers. Please let me know of any job openings. Thank you.

HayMarket8 said...

Wow! These look great! I will be a co-worker if you need one!

foodfeud said...

Haha! I love those cookie cutters!! You should use them and post how they come out!
I bought some a few years ago that were "Hannukah themed" - sort of: the "Maccabee" looked surprisingly like a traditional gingerbread man and the dreidel was pretty shapeless too...
but sometimes you just gotta have it ;)

cadryskitchen.com said...

Wow, your doughnuts look amazing. Your coworkers are super lucky to have you!

Jennifer (It Ain't Meat, Babe) said...

My office is going to get really crowded.

Sarah B @ Bake + Bike said...

Those look WUNDERBAR.

I wish I was your coworker.

Ricki said...

Practical, shmactical! Now you've got ME wanting to go out and buy a donut pan. They look fantastic. I wonder what would happen if I made them without the pan--?? And did you *really* buy that cookie cutter?? Hee hee.

Jennifer (It Ain't Meat, Babe) said...

You bet I bought those cookie cutters! The Force told me to.

I don't think this recipe would work without the special pan, since it's runny in a cake batter type way and not thick like dough. It would just run all over the place without the very special pan. All the more reason to get one. :)

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