Monday, November 14, 2011

Wassail Donuts

Here we come a-wassailing,
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a wand’ring,
So fair to be seen.

Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail, too.
And God bless you and send you a happy new year,
And God send you a happy new year

I have a new toy, a non-stick pan for baking donuts. Thanks Mom and Dad.

I hurriedly checked out "Tastespotting" for something delish and found quite a few.  My recipe is as follows:

Wassail Donuts:

2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup sugar 
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup Apple Cider or Ale  (I used Saranac's Winter Wassail Beer)
3 tablespoons softened butter

Combine the dry ingredients and to it, add the wet ingredients.  Mix well, the beer will foam up if it's not flat.

Butter your donut pan and use or make a pastry bag. 

I made mine out of tin foil in my new "New Jersey Glass."

Pipe batter into pan, filling no more than half way.  (You don't have to pipe, I did half piped and 1/2 by spoon.  Basically the same result except that the unpiped side had more batter on the the top of the pan.)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Bake for 6-8 minutes.  They should be firm, slightly browned and cake-like when done.  Roll in Wassail Sugar while slightly warm.

Wassail Sugar:

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
2 pinches ginger
Pinch nutmeg
Pinch ground clove

If you want to make Chocolate Wassail Donuts (and who doesn't) add 1 tablespoon cocoa and 1 melted block of semi-sweet baker's chocolate to the batter.

Serve with your favorite Christmas Carol (see above).

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