Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sweet Saturday

Had a great Saturday nursery hopping with a friend and her two cute little boys. I came home with something I've been admiring for years...a pink dogwood. I had a gift card from my very generous former co-workers for a really nice local nursery called Watson' it ended up being free! No pic of it, but hopefully it will look something like this one that I admire every day on my way to work. Don't worry..I was probably stopped for traffic when I snapped this....probably....

We saw this cool arbor that we decided Lynn's husband Ed should build for each of us. Nevermind that Ed knows nothing about our diabolical plans for him.....

I also picked up this Bleeding Heart I've been admiring called Burning Hearts

So what could be sweeter than spending the day with a friend shopping for plants??? Well maybe starting the day with Cinnamon Sugar donuts!

I tried these donuts and was impressed at how quickly they came together. Tasted good too! I didn't have much time in the morning, but next time I'll try some iced or glazed. My friend Lynn's little boys liked them...or at least the cinnamon sugar (imagine licked clean donuts lol). I guess its kind of like eating the Oreo white stuff first :-) Works for me!

Simple Raised Donuts (makes about a dozen donuts and holes)
*inspired by Recipe found on Cully's Kitchen blog (I used substantially more flour than source and my change is reflected below)

1 (8 g) packages fast rising yeast

1/2 cup lukewarm water

1 1/2 tsp sugar

1 egg, well beaten

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

3 Tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups flour (use More if too sticky)

cooking oil (for frying)

Mix yeast, water and sugar in large bowl. Wait until bubbles form on surface. Add egg, cinnamon, butter, vanilla, salt and flour. Mix together to form dough. Add more flour if too sticky to handle. Knead dough for a minute or two. I kneaded until the dough began to feel more smooth and elastic but not for long. Roll dough out to about 1/2 inch thick and cut out donuts. I used a little donut cutter, but you could use round cookie cutters. Allow to rise for about 30 minutes on a flour surface. I put my silicone baking mat on a cookie sheet, dusted with flour and let them rise on that. Fry donuts and holes in 350° oil until golden brown on each side. Coat in cinnamon sugar or your favorite glaze or icing.


A Grain of Salt said...

Suzy, I'm so haapy you got the pink dogwood! They are so pretty. We had one, 3 houses ago. I miss it. The bleeding heart is lovely. Donuts look great!

Dishesdone said...

LOL, poor Ed and your devilish plans for him! Hey just give him some of those donuts in trade! They look fantastic! and the burning hearts are so pretty! and happy you got the dogwood :) Aren't gift cards the best? That is one thing I will miss this year from not working!

Debbie said...

Your purchases are lovely, and how nice that you had a gift card. Your previous co-workers would be proud of you. I am very fond of dogwood trees, and that burning heart is just so romantic! I'm sure Ed is an easy going husband that will be more than happy to accomodate both of you. Nothing like a cinnamon donut!

Kathleen said...

I love dogwoods! My mother would dig them out of the woods and transplant them.
I am glad you got one..
The donuts look great! I am copying that to make when the 4 little ones come!
How much yeast is that in teaspoons???

Foley said...

Gorgeous dogwood - wish they bloomed longer than they do. The Burning Heart is such a deep red...beautiful.
Now to the doughnuts... I can just smell them - and the cinnamon sugar! Looks as though I may even be able to handle the recipe!

Marsha said...

Looking forward to seeing your pink dogwood in it's new home - did you get it planted yet?

I just love the twig arbor - wouldn't it be cool if Ed did build you one :)

I don't think I have had homemade donuts in 20 years but yours sure look delicious!

Kuntry Girl Flower Farm said...

I love Watson's! Isn't a nursery gift card just the absolute best gift of all time? ;) Sounds like a fun day! A drizzly rainy May day is perfect for nursery hopping. :)

GardenofDaisies said...

Hi! thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! I have just been reading down through a few of your latest posts.
Gorgeous flowers! I love your bleeding hearts.
The donuts look delicious!
I was interested in reading your directions to make a Monte Cristo sandwich that you deep fry it. I make my Monte Cristo similar to the way I make french toast... dipped in egg and then browned in a frying pan with just a tiny bit of melted butter and then flipped to brown the other side. Interesting how recipes change from person to person or region to region. You are so right about the sweet and the savory being delicious together. Yum! :-)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

That new tree is going to be beautiful in your yard, Suzy! Could you please ask your friend's husband to build one of those arbors for me too??? I love it!

Those cinnamon donuts are making me drool on my keyboard!

Kate said...

What a great day. I cannot think of anything more fun than starting with donuts and getting to tour nurseries and coming home with a beautiful bleeding heart and a free tree!!

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