Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Betty Crocker Project : Masala Spiced Donut Bites

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There is a time and place for every sad story. Since it's Monday, I won't break your heart with the story of how we missed yet another BBQ this weekend because of a kitchen emergency, or give you nightmares telling you about the corn fritter from Hell that did this to me... only on the top of my foot. I hadn't realized that corn fritters could become molten lava, but they can. I also won't bore you to death talking about how the ceiling in one of our rooms caved in from the rain. What a big huge annoying yawn. Yeah. Instead I'm going to tell you about an odd little donut miracle that we stumbled across while flipping through The Betty Site.

If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you know since we moved to NYC we've been eating a lot of curry. To quote my handsome husband: "I am now more curry than man." I mean Thai, Indian, Chinese, Jamaican... you name a curry, and we've enjoyed it. So you can imagine what happened in The Shannon Homestead when I stumbled across donut "holes"/bites made in mini muffin pans and spiced with light, sweet & warm curry spice! I'm pretty sure something like this happened.

But that wasn't the only awesome thing to happen recently. Here are but a few!
There was more but I feel like I've kept you from the donut bites long enough...

Masala Spiced Donut Bites
  • 1/3 Cup Margarine
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Applesauce
  • 1 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger (powder not paste)
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
  • Baking Spray
Coating :
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cardamom
  • 1/2 Cup Margarine (melted)
Heat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, mix 1/3 cup Margarine, 1/2 cup Sugar & Applesauce with an electric mixer til blended and fluffy like a thick frosting. In another bowl, mix Flour, Baking Powder, Salt, Nutmeg, Cumin and Ginger. Then pour half the Flour mix into the bowl with the Margarine mix and blend with your electric mixer until smooth. Add the Almond Milk and blend until smooth. Then add the rest of the Flour and again blend until it is smooth.

Spray your beloved mini muffin pan with Baking Spray. Put 1 tablespoon of Donut Batter in each little cup and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. You'll want to pull them out when they are a VERY light golden and you can stick a bamboo skewer in the largest one and remove it cleanly.

Put all the Coating ingredients except the Margarine in a large food storage bag and shake to mix. Roll the muffin in the warm Margarine one at a time and then toss the coated donut bites in the sugar mix in the plastic bag to coat.

I'm having a few with my morning coffee this morning while I type this and I feel like you should know... I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a Monday this much... I mean ever.


  1. These masala spiced doughnut bites look great - I'm married to an Indian - and I've never thought of using these spices in doughnuts. Brilliant! That video of The Joker was hilarious, btw.

  2. Made these for our local vegan meetup group today. Thumbs up all around. I calculated a rough nutritional breakdown, but no one wanted to know. ;-)

    Photo of said bites.