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Baked Blueberry Cake Donuts and Travel Talk

Spring is almost here. We had a gorgeous and cruel tease of a day this past Monday — with temps inching up throughout the day until they reached 64! So, in typical Chicagoland fashion, everyone wore shorts, got their car washed and tried to eat and drink outside.

We’re a very eager bunch.

Last week I was in New York three days for work. Instead of staying in some chain hotel in Times Square as I’m sometimes forced to do, I had the pleasure of staying in the West Village at the Marlton. I spent my precious little downtime in Washington Square Park and wandering the hood. Total pleasure. It’s adorable and eclectic.

My explorations really woke up my travel bug. I have been to New York too many times to count but never been to this area. So naturally, finding it to be so charming got me thinking about all of the other neighborhood gems I’ve been missing.

So, new goal for 2015 and 2016, is to very purposefully plan some trips. They don’t have to be big, long or expensive. They just need to expose me to something new. Something I didn’t know about before.

In three weeks I head to Tulum with my best friend for forever and ever, amen. I’ve never been and we’re celebrating turning 30 this year together with sun and sand. Travel step No. 1 complete. I need to make a list of other spots. More to come!

Now. These donuts.

Well, they are a result of not being able to sleep after returning home from New York at 5 a.m. last week. I had every intention of turning the key in my apartment, dropping my bags (who am I kidding, we all know I need to unpack every item and return it to its rightful place before I relax) and hitting the hay.

Alas, no zzzzzzz’s were to come. I tossed and turned in bed for a while and then, in search of an activity that would help me relax, I pulled out my mixing bowls and got to work.

At least when I’m tired and cranky, I can make something delicious and still feel productive!

Baked Blueberry Cake Donuts
*Adapted from the absolutely lovely Fauxmartha

Ingredients

1/3 cup whole milk, plus 1 tablespoon
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 tablespoons unsalted, melted butter
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 egg
1/2 cup frozen, wild blueberries

Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup whole milk
Pinch of salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
In a small bowl, mix together milk and vinegar; set aside to let milk curdle
Separately, melt butter in small bowl and let cool
Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg
In the cooled butter, mix sugar, honey and egg until thoroughly combined. Add curdled milk.
Add blueberries to dry ingredients. Then add dry to wet, combine gently
Add batter to piping bag. Pipe batter into greased donut pan
Bake for 7-9 minutes. Let cool on rack and make the glaze.
Combine milk, powdered sugar and salt in separate bowl. Whisk thoroughly. Once donuts have cooled, dip in glaze and let cool again on drying rack — for about 30-40 minutes.

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