Today is such a beautiful day. The sun’s out and it’s a slightly breezy 65 degrees. As I look out my living room window I see the ducks are enjoying the sun and swimming around the lake. Flowers are starting to bloom and the grass and leaves are turning green again, Spring is here!
It’s been a long while since I last posted a recipe. Time just flies by these days. I’m 28 weeks pregnant and only have 12 weeks to go before we get to meet our little baby boy!
This pregnancy has given me a major sweet tooth so naturally I had to bake me up something sweet to eat. And since baked donuts have been all over Pinterest it was high time to give them a try.
I chose these Baked Chocolate Donuts with Powdered Sugar Glaze because you can’t go wrong with chocolate. They were really easy to make and while not quite as good as the full on fried version they were satisfying…especially dipped in a generous layer of sugar glaze. Sugar on sugar, give me more!
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Combine the flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, nutmeg, salt and sugar in a bowl.
In another bowl stir together the melted butter, egg and yogurt. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
On a well floured surface, knead the dough a few times.
Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness.
Using a doughnut cutter, or cookie cutters, cut out doughnuts and place on your lined baking sheet. Place the doughnut hole centers on the 2nd lined baking sheet.
Bake the doughnuts for about 10 minutes and then bake the doughnut holes for 4-5 minutes. Cool slightly.
For the Sugar Glaze
While the doughnuts are baking in the oven, mix together the powdered sugar, milk and the vanilla extract. Add more milk a little at a time until you have the desired consistency. (More milk=thinner, more powdered sugar=thicker)
Dip the top of each doughnut and doughnut hole into the glaze and allow to dry completely before storing.
While grocery shopping the other day my eyes landed on the fresh strawberries they had placed near the entrance of the store. They looked too good to pass up and they had a special deal if you bought 2 packages. I loaded 2 packages into my cart and continued on with my shopping.
I had been craving strawberries and also wanted to make a special Valentine’s day treat so I got to work. I knew I wanted to pair the fresh strawberries with a creamy filling and so these Strawberry “Cheesecake” Bites were born.
Back at home, I washed and dried the strawberries and cut the tops off. I also cut off a small portion of the bottom so they would stand up on their own and then I used a small spoon to hollow out the centers. I reserved the bottoms and the centers of the strawberries and sliced them into very small pieces which I later added to the filling.
To make the filling I combined cream cheese, powdered sugar, a splash of milk and vanilla in a bowl using a handheld blender. I crushed up one graham cracker and mixed that into the cream cheese mixture along with the reserved strawberry pieces. Using a small spoon I filled each strawberry with a heaping amount of the “cheesecake” filling.
A sprinkle of more graham cracker crumbs finished off the sweet treats.
Of course I taste tested a few of these right away before taking photos and they were divine.
The perfect blend of sweet, juicy and creamy all in one bite. Try ’em out and let me know what you think!
Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
Fresh strawberries filled with a creamy "cheesecake" center.
Cut of a small amount from the bottom so they sit up on a plate and then use a small spoon or melon baller to hollow out the centers of the strawberries. Reserve the pieces you cut from the bottoms and the hollowed out centers for the filling.
In a bowl add the cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Mix well.
Place the 2 Graham cracker sheets in a zip top bag and use the bottom of a measuring cup to crush them up into small crumbs.
Divide the crumbs into 2 equal portions and add 1 of the portions to the cream cheese mixture.
Reserve the 2nd portion for topping the strawberries.
Slice or chop the reserved strawberry pieces from earlier into very small chunks and stir into the filling mixture.
Spoon some of the filling mixture into the middle of each strawberry and top with the remaining Graham cracker crumbs.
You can also use regular Graham crackers but cinnamon Graham crackers add a little extra flavor.
Only a small amount of milk is needed for the filling. Just enough to help mix everything through and to thin out the mixture a little.