I think I may have been a coffee-drinker since I was five. No, I wasn’t sitting at the local cafe chugging Americanos and writing poetry back then, but I can remember begging to please have a couple spoonfuls of my Dad’s coffee stirred into my milk in the morning. Fast forward to the year I turned Sweet 16. Freedom! Wheels! I grew up in a small town and about the only place where myself and my friends could drive to hang out were the coffee shops. This is where my ‘like’ turned into my ‘life’.
I’m a person who craves change, but coffee has always been a constant in my life. Whether with cream and sugar, or just a splash of milk, other likes have peaked and then waned, but coffee is always part of my day. It’s also another one of the habits I passed on to Hubs – we went out for coffee at the end of our first date and he has never looked back (he may, in fact, drink more coffee than I do. He’s also gone from being a triple-triple guy to black… that’s true dedication to the bean).
While coffee is a delight all on its own, nothing is better than sitting down with friends and having a chat with coffee in hand and a little something sweet to go with. Coffee and doughnuts (I just mis-typed ‘doughbutts’, I hope that’s not foreshadowing) sounds cliche, but its one of the best combos around.
It’s been decades since I had a fresh homemade doughnut from home. I’ve always had a bit of a phobia of deep frying but decided to dig deep, buy a new candy/fryer thermometer and give ‘er. Oooie, I’m glad I did!
Homemade Doughnut (Donut) Holes w/ Coffee Glaze
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- pinch (about 1/8 tsp) fresh ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, vanilla and nutmeg. In a larger bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and still with a wooden spoon to combine. Pour the melted butter over the mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.
Fry the doughnut holes by carefully dropping a small cookie scoop full (or drop teaspoonfuls using 2 teaspoons, because really, I used a scoop and they are still far from perfectly round) into oil that has been heated to 350 degrees. Stir around with a metal slotted spoon for about 2 minutes or crispy golden brown. Some people might consider mine a bit overdone, but I like a little extra crunch. When the doughnuts are cooked, remove with the slotted spoon to a baking sheet lined with a tea towel or paper towel.
While the donuts are still warm, either glaze them, sugar them, or just leave them plain. This coffee flavoured glaze was delicious and consisted of simply 1 1/2 cups icing sugar and 4 tbsp of strong brewed coffee stirred together. Roll the donuts in the glaze and put them on a cooling rack placed on another towel lined baking sheet.
Once the doughnuts are made, it’s time to brew the coffee. Single brew machines have taken over our kitchens because they are so dang convenient, but the one thing I’ve missed is grinding my own beans. I used to enjoy bringing home new roasts from our travels, but since my old coffee grinder died, there’s been no point.
With the new Hamilton Beach Grind and Brew, I am able to select and grind my own beans AND brew a single cup of coffee, even a full-sized travel mug if I’d like. Here’s a quick video to demonstrate how it all works…
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Hamilton Beach has been so generous as to supply me with both a Grind and Brew for myself AND another to giveaway to one of you. This giveaway is open to coffee-loving Canadians outside of Quebec (sorry) and to enter, all you need to do is fill out the form below. Good luck!
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hamilton Beach Canada. In exchange this review, I have received special perks in the form of products and compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.