Soft and fluffy baked doughnut holes decorated to just barely within the boundaries of good taste.
I know it’s been a couple of weeks since I posted anything, and for that I’m so sorry. I’ve got a solid excuse, I promise. It involves a white dress, a couple of rings, a very special kiss….
Our wedding in Mexico was an amazing, unforgettable week in paradise. I got to spend so much time with all of our family, and we have all made some beautiful memories together. It was absolutely indescribable, and I’m still walking around on a cloud.
But now I’m back, and I realize that I’m way behind in getting ready for Christmas (although it was TOTALLY worth it). Basically I’m the world’s worst mom – the tree isn’t up, we haven’t been to see Santa, and no Christmas baking started.
I decided to start with home-made baked doughnut holes. I picked up these adorable gable boxes a while back and have been waiting for that perfect little project to present itself. The more I looked at them, they more they reminded me of Timbits boxes. (For any non-Canadians reading this, Timbits are doughnut holes from Tim Horton’s, our national coffee and doughnut chain.) I thought they would be the perfect packaging for my doughnut holes.
But first, let’s stop calling them doughnut holes, it’s just not cute. It sounds like something my four year-old would call me when he’s mad because I won’t let him wear Christmas Stockings as actual socks. So, let’s go with Tidbits. Christmas Tidbits.
After choosing a new and cute name for your doughnut holes, the next thing to do is check your cupboards for edible sprinkles, glitters, funfetti, nonpareil, sparkles. Pull them ALL out. You’re going to need them.
This basic vanilla doughnut hole recipe is only the starting point of what you can create. The variety of fillings, glazes, and toppings you can come up with for your doughnut holes are endless. Ting-a-Ling Tidbit, anyone? That’s what makes this baking project so much fun. That, and all the dipping, sprinkling, glittering, sparkling, and dunking.
I baked my Christmas Tidbits in a doughnut hole pan, but you can use a mini-muffin pan and get similar results, as long as you don’t fill the cups too high.
Ok look, before I get to the recipe, I see you’ve still got some pink and gold glitter in the back of your cupboard there. I said, pull out ALL your sprinkles. Yes, even your ugly ones. There’s no such thing as an over-the-top Christmas Tidbit.
Once you’ve finished with all that glorious dunking and sprinkling, place the doughnut holes on a wire rack so the ganache and sprinkles can set. I left mine for about an hour, and then they were ready for packaging.
- 1 and 1/4 cup cake flour, sifted
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 and 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup icing sugar
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 425º. Lightly grease a doughnut hole or mini muffin pan.
- Sift together the cake flour, sugar, powder and salt.
- Mix together the buttermilk, beaten egg, melted butter and vanilla. Gently add to the dry ingredients, stirring just until combined.
- Fill doughnut hole cups 3/4 full, about a rounded tablespoon.
- Bake for 6-7 minutes until tops spring back lightly when touched. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
- While the doughnut holes are cooling, prepare your ganaches. Sift the icing sugar (and for the chocolate ganache the cocoa powder) into a medium bowl.
- Slowly add in the cream and vanilla extract until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture is smooth, shiny and pourable.
- Dip the cooled doughnut holes into the ganaches, then into whatever sprinkles you are using and place on a wire rack to set.
- Once the ganaches and sprinkles have set (about an hour), package them up however you like, or just eat them yourself!
After getting boxed up, the Christmas Tidbits are ready to give out as gifts to your neighbour, co-worker, bus driver, or mail-man. They’re such a great little twist on the usual Christmas cookies gift.