We lived in Minnesota from 2002-2008. I miss many, many things from our time there and most of those things (like our friends, the spring/summer/fall, my job, the culture, the lakes and the state fair) are not able to be recreated. However, last week I was able to recreate one of the things I miss, the cinnamon sugar mini donuts that we’d buy at the Mill City Farmer’s Market.
Mill City Farmer’s Market – Rooster and My Girl – July 2007
We were there the summer the market started and went most Saturday mornings throughout the summers. Each week we’d pick up produce and a little brown sack of freshly fried cinnamon sugar mini donuts made by the pastry chef at Spoonriver Restaurant. The grease would stain the bag. The cinnamon sugar topping would coat our fingers. We’d hope for a number of donuts that was divisible by 3 so we’d all get an equal amount. It was greatness.
These donuts are not mini (although the could be if you had a mini-donut pan). They are not fried. They are not made by a pastry chef and sold on the banks of the Mississippi next to the Guthrie Theater. Still, for coming out a home kitchen in San Antonio, they aren’t so bad. Just wish I could eat them with some of my MN friends. Only not during the winter. Minnesota winters are the one thing I do not miss.
Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
1 c whole wheat pastry flour
1 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c sugar
1.5 tsp baking powder
0.5 tsp salt
3/4 c buttermilk
1/4 c honey
1 Tbsp butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp melted butter – for topping application
Cinnamon Sugar Topping (mix together):
1/4 c sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly coat a donut pan with cooking spray.
2. Combine flours, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl and stir well with a whisk.
3. In a second bowl, combine buttermilk, eggs, honey, butter and vanilla, stirring well with a whisk.
4. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture and mix until just combined. Don’t over-stir, as it will make the donuts less tender.
5. Either spoon batter into the donut pan, or, if you’re a perfectionist like me, pipe the batter into the pan using a large plastic bag with the corner cut off. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until donuts are slightly golden on bottom.
6. Cool in pan about 5 minutes.
7. While donuts are still warm, brush melted butter over donuts and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.
Happy Friday everyone! Hope you have a great weekend.