Christmas doughnuts are now a thing, according to the Telegraph. Quite how I've managed to survive this long without sampling a Christmas doughnut, I will never know, but anyway. The paper reports:
Crosstown is making ‘Mince Pie dough bites’ – small sourdough balls with mincemeat filling, brandy butter glaze and vanilla crumbly bits on top; and white-chocolate topped doughnuts with candied fennel and a strawberry centre the colour of Rudolph’s nose.
Oh, my giddy aunt. But that's not all. Some other seller of baked badness will apparently be introducing a Christmas offering in the form of a Bailey’s yule log doughnut. You're googling it already, aren'tcha? (You're welcome.)
There's clearly only one thing for it. Time to rustle up a batch of your very own home-made Christmas doughnuts. If that sounds good, this VonShef Deluxe Electric Doughnut Maker is down from £44.99 to £16.99 with £4.99 delivery at Amazon right now. (That's my weekend sorted.)
So here, without further ado, are six of our favourite Christmas doughnut recipes. Just click each image to find out more...
1. Reindeer Doughnuts
Impossibly cute, no? The blogger behind these bad boys reckons they're amazingly easy to make, too. And the kids would no doubt love making them as much as I would enjoy scoffing them.
2. Snowman Doughnuts
If you can't face making your own doughnuts (how could you not?!) then cheat with these - all you'll need is a batch of powdered sugar doughnuts, some black frosting or mini chocolate chips and some orange sweets shaped into little snowmen's noses. Simples!
3. Gluten-free and vegan peppermint cream Christmas doughnuts
There's no need to miss out on the Christmas doughnuts with this fabulous vegan and gluten-free recipe. It's from across the pond, so you might need to subtitute some of the ingredients and do a little bit of conversion but if you've got little ones with allergies and are used to experimenting a little in the kitchen, this has to be worth a try.
4. Glazed Gingerbread Donuts
I'm not joking; at this point in writing this post I've actually started drooling. This is a pretty complex recipe including LOTS of ingredients so it's not one to rustle up at 11pm on a Friday night but if you're a serious doughnut fan, I reckon it's worth your time.
5. Baked mincemeat doughnuts
This must be the Marmite equivalent of the Christmas doughnut on account of the fact that you're either going to love it or loathe it. Think mince pies crossed with doughnuts. Personally I'm in foodie heaven but if you're not a mince pie fan, you might want to sidestep this one altogether. (Fool.)
6. Christmas doughnuts for your Elf on the Shelf
Okaaay so it's not technically a Christmas doughnut recipe but isn't this just the cutest idea - rustle up some Christmas doughnuts for your Elf on the Shelf! Genius.
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