Saturday, September 14, 2013

Donuts and Design

Two days ago, my sister-in-law, Katie, asked if I might want to make donuts this weekend. She is a donut connoisseur and we had been throwing the idea for awhile. was our day! After a quick run to the store this morning, we got baking and glazing. 
Accompanied by the tunes of my Boyce Avenue Pandora station, we started whipping up these beauties using Ina Garten's Cinnamon Baked Donuts recipe. Ina never lets me down. 
Ina's original recipe is for traditional-sized donuts, but Katie and I opted for minis this morning. Not over mixing the batter is key to a light, fluffy can see the air pockets in these little-uns. 
While our second batch was in the oven, Katie made some coffee and poured it into by favorite mug (HP nerds unite). It is pretty hard to beat the smell of donuts and fresh-brewed coffee in your kitchen. 
We rolled half the donuts in butter and cinnamon/sugar...and then thought to ourselves, 'Is this heaven?'
The other half got a Chocolate Ganache Glaze dunking. 

We piled them high on cake stand and then delighted in a late morning breakfast. 
Rosy joined us as a VIP guest. 

It was so fun to bake with my sister-in-law this morning. She is a bundle of passion, energy, and love...and seeing her face after she bit into the first cinnamon sugar donut was the best :) 
While Katie adores donuts, her true love is art and she is absolutely amazing. She is the proud owner of QueeniKathleeni Designs and recently opened her own Etsy Shop. Katie creates stunning fashion illustrations and also creates custom pieces. The picture above is a custom bridal illustration that she gave to T and I for our wedding. It hangs in our bedroom and brings a smile to my face every time I look at it. We also hired Katie to do a custom illustration of my brother, his wife, and their dog earlier this summer as a wedding present. If you are looking for wonderful art for your space, or a unique and meaningful gift idea, check out her site!

Happy Saturday dabblers. Hope yours is filled with love and a little butter :)

-The Delicious Dabbler

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