Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and, well… we need each other. Let’s hold hands and get through this together!
We’re going to need some tools this holiday weekend. By tools I mean, baked donuts, strong coffee, and festive sprinkles. Coffee, donuts, and love are fitting for every day of the year, but especially appropriate for a Valentine’s Day weekend. I hope you sleep in and share coffee and donuts with someone you want to high-five for life.
To celebrate the holiday I’ve partnered with Lavazza Coffee to give away a Valentine’s Day Survival Kit! Just a few important things to inspire a lazy Valentine’s Day morning lingering over really fantastic coffee and sweet, tender donuts.
1 • My favorite Bodum French Press. Makes perfect cups of coffee!
2 • Make if official with couple mugs. Few things are more precious.
3 • A good throw blanket. For picnic-style morning coffee adventures.
4 • Critical in any at-home coffee date is the perfect cup of coffee! Lavazza Italian Coffee is my new favorite! Dark, rich, and round coffee without a hint of bitterness. Lavazza makes home coffee feel extra special.
5 • Two people, lots of love, one journal. It’s like a little time capsule of your years together!
6 • Mornings should smell great with this Capri Candle!
7 • I always want to watch When Harry Met Sally and I know you do too.
8 • No coffee date is complete without donuts! They’re tender, sweet, and jam-swirled. Get into it! Here’s the pan you’ll need!
9 • Games of skill and chance on the living room floor: checkers and chess.
To enter to win a gift basket filled with Lavazza Coffee, a $25 gift card to Lavazza, and the rest of these Valentine’s treats, please leave a comment below with your favorite Valentine’s Day tradition. Winner will be randomly selected Saturday February 14th at noon est!
Now it’s time to make the donuts!
Baked donuts are sweet and easy! No need to stress the frying. Donuts can be a breeze.
Flour plus brown sugar, and a good dash of cinnamon.
Egg plus melted butter, good vanilla extract, and buttermilk.
You know how they say “It takes coffee to make coffee”? Well… it DEFINITELY takes coffee to make donuts. Come prepared.
Wet meets dry aaaanndd stir.
The batter won’t be pourable thin, but rather, spoonable thick. Perfect!
I swirled two big spoonfuls of strawberry jam into the batter then oooh so carefully spoon the swirled batter into mini donut pans.
This is serious business.
Baked and golden brown.
A donut is not a donut without glossy chocolate glaze.
Chocolate powdered sugar, a good pinch of salt, and enough milk to create a thick but pourable glaze.
Each donut is dipped.
Dipped and sprinkled!
Tender little donut bites! Perfect for sharing and extra lovely with Lavazzo Coffee.
Happy Valentine’s Day to us!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (but we’ll only use 2 tablespoons of browned butter for the recipe)
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup thick strawberry jam
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- pinch of salt
- 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a doughnut pan and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and sugar. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter. Butter will begin to crackle and pop as it melts. That’s the water melting out of the butter. Once the water has evaporated the butter will quiet down and begin to brown. Keep an eye on it, it browns quickly. The butter will begin to smell nutty. Remove from heat and immediately transfer browned butter (brown bits and all) to a small bowl.
- In a small bowl whisk together egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Measure out 2 tablespoons of browned butter and whisk into the wet ingredients.
- Add the wet ingredients all at once to the dry ingredients. Stir together until no flour bits remain and all of the ingredients are well combined. Try not to overmix the batter. That might create rubbery doughnuts. Add the jam and swirl into the batter leaving big streaks of jam.
- Use a small spoon to dollop batter into the prepared pan. Smooth out and fill each doughnut in the pan three-quarters full with batter.
- Place in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them and try not to over-bake them. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- While the doughnuts cool, make the glaze.
- To make the glaze, in a medium bowl whisk together powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. I didn’t sift my powdered sugar. I was able to whisk the lumps out. If you have stubborn powdered sugar, sifting before is best.
- Add 2 tablespoons of milk and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine. Add more milk as necessary to create a thick but still just pourable glaze.
- Once the doughnuts are completely cool, dip top-side-down into the chocolate glaze. Return to the wire rack and sprinkle with toppings. Allow to set for about 30 minutes before stacking or serving. Doughnuts are best within 2 days.