Baked Coffee, Coconut, and Cream Cheese Donuts


Guys, Happy National Donut/Doughnut Day! I’m sneaking in an extra post this week to celebrate because, donuts…obvs.

I made us Coffee, Coconut, & Cream Cheese Donuts! I realize that’s a mouthful–figuratively and literally, but they’re really so good. Last weekend when I picked up a mega-spread of donuts for Megan and I to try, I chose a coffee, coconut cheesecake number at the last minute and I am so glad I did! I can’t believe I almost just glazed on over it and let it sit there in the case waiting for someone else to eat it. It inspired me to make them at home…so I could have another. I mean, there are a lot of things happening in this donut, but they somehow don’t compete at all. The springy donut cake is flavored with just enough espresso to make it taste like coffee without any bitterness, there’s just a little more espresso in the frosting which compliments the smooth tang of the cream cheese so well, and the toasty coconut gives it a buttery, nutty aspect that brings everything together. It’s like coffee AND donuts in one bite…plus, cream cheese frosting.

These aren’t true-blue, fried-and-delicious donuts. I have a hard time making them at home because of two things: patience and vats of hot oil. Baked donuts, while not exactly the same thing as their fried brethren, are easy and still knock out that sweet tooth. Plus, they’re quick. If you have your shit together, you could have these in less than 30 minutes. #donutemoji

 

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Coffee, Coconut, & Cream Cheese Donuts

About 1 dozen baked donuts, or 6 baked donuts and 18 (ish) minis.

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

a few gratings of fresh nutmeg

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tablespoon instant espresso powder

1 egg

2/3 cup canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup brown sugar

for the icing:

4 ounces softened cream cheese

1 teaspoon instant espresso powder

1-2 teaspoons milk

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

toasted coconut for topping

Preheat oven to 350ºF and spray a donut pan with cooking spray.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. In another bowl whisk together the buttermilk, espresso powder, egg, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and fold to combine. Either spoon or pipe the batter into the donut pan, filling nearly to the top of each well, and bake the donuts in the center of the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the tops of the donuts have risen, are dry, and spring back to the touch. Remove from the oven and cool about 5 minutes before turning out onto a rack. Repeat with the remaining batter.

While the donuts bake and cool, make the icing by stirring together all of the ingredients until well combined. If the icing seems too loose, add more confectioner’s sugar a few tablespoons at a time. If it is too stiff, add a bit more milk. Ice the donuts once they are cooled and top with coconut.

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Toasted Coconut & Rum Iced Coffee

Heeeeyy! It’s been a bit hectic around these parts–my mom is in town and it’s always a whirlwind of eating and doing while she’s here. There has been a lot of yard work–planting flowers and herbs and watering all manner of greenery. There have been trips to Home Depot and Ikea, Powell’s, the Oregon zoo, and even the coast. There has also been a ton of eating. So much food (see my Instagram feed for a teeny glimpse).

It’s always so fun when my mom and Mel–my mom’s husband and Casper’s “Papa”–they adore Casper, and he loves them. Plus, everyone gets along super well. It’s good times. Also good times is this iced coffee beverage. I saw both Nicole and Jessica make iced coffees with coconut milk and I just jumped right onto that caffeine-wagon. I added toasted coconut and rum to mine because sometimes I like a little boozy-weekend brunch drink and sometimes I like a little coffee-dessert-drink. This Toasted Coconut & Rum Iced Coffee satisfies both of those things and is super easy, to boot. Like an indulgent iced coffee thing (a la Starbucks) but…you know…drunk. CHEERS!

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Toasted Coconut & Rum Coffee

for the creamer:

1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes

1, 14 fluid ounce, can full fat coconut milk

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

for the cold brew coffee:

1 cup coarsely ground coffee

4 1/2 cups cold water

whipped cream (or coconut whipped cream!) and toasted coconut to garnish

for the creamer:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF and spread the coconut on a sheet pan in an even layer. Bake the coconut in the oven for 5 minutes, stir, and repeat until the coconut is golden and fragrant. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool a bit.

Heat the coconut milk and brown sugar in a saucepan, add the toasted coconut and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and allow to steep, about 20 minutes, before straining out the coconut flakes. Pour the toasted coconut creamer into a jar and fit with a lid. Refrigerate until ready to use.

for the cold brew:

Combine the ground coffee and water in a glass container (I like to use an 8-cup glass bowl with a spout, like a large measuring cup) and stir to combine. Cover and steep the coffee at room temperature for 8 to 12 hours. Place a strainer over another large bowl and place a coffee filter into the strainer. Strain the coffee through the filter lined strainer. Do this in batches if needed. Pour the coffee into a pitcher.

for the Toasted Coconut & Rum Iced Coffee:

In a tall glass combine a few tablespoons of the toasted coconut creamer with 1 ounce of rum (I used a coffee infused rum) and a cup of the cold brewed coffee. Top with ice and stir well. Garnish with whipped cream and toasted coconut flakes. [/recipe]

Triple Lemon Streusel Cake

Lemon is a total winter-time gem and its brightness is much appreciated during these dreary months. While I love the spices and rich flavors that speak to us during these cooler months, I really appreciate the bright zing of citrus. And when I make something with lemon I really want the citrus flavor to be punchy with lots of tart to balance the sweet.

This cake from Izy’s book is a lemon dream. I bought this book as a total treat-yo-self stle gift and I am so glad I did…I’ve got so many recipes bookmarked but this one snagged my attention immediately. I mean, I love all things streusel topped–texture for life!–but it also packs a ton of lemon flavor into a humble little cake. It punches up the lemon 3-fold with lemon juice + zest in the batter, a cream cheese and curd layer, and a tart lemon drizzle. It’s pretty much the perfect lemon-y treat–the topping is crunchy, while the middle hides a creamy, lemon layer reminiscent of cheesecake, and the batter has that zest plus little bits of oats that give this tender cake a pleasant texture. It’s the kind of snack cake that disappears piece-by-piece before you know it and leaves you pinching the final crumbs out of the pan. Which makes it a little dangerous, but totally perfect for sharing.

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Triple Lemon Streusel Cake

From Top with Cinnamon 

Serves 12

for the topping:

2 tablespoons demerara (raw) sugar

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons rolled oats

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

pinch of salt

for the cake:

1/2 cup unsalted butter

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2/3 cup buttermilk

2 large eggs

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup rolled oats

5 tablespoons cream cheese, softened

4 tablespoons lemon curd

for the glaze:

2/3 cup confectioners sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Combine the topping ingredients in a bowl, rubbing the butter into the dry ingredients until a crumbly mixture is achieved. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease an 8×8 inch square baking pan and line with parchment leaving an overhang on two sides (I like to secure the sides with metal binder clips).

In a small bowl, stir together the cream cheese and lemon curd.

Begin making the cake batter by melting the butter. In a mixing bowl combine the melted butter with the sugar, lemon zest and juice, and buttermilk until well mixed. Beat in the eggs, then fold in the flour, baking powder, salt, and oats (the batter will be a bit lumpy from the oats). Spread 1/3 of the batter into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Spread the cream cheese and lemon curd mixture over the batter in the pan. Dollop the remaining cake batter over the cream cheese layer and spread it out evenly. Spread the topping mixture over the cake batter and bake the cake in the center of the oven for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Mix together the glaze ingredients and drizzle over the cake once it has cooled.

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