Wednesday, March 12, 2014

hello! i'm back with a nutella mini donut recipe.

Hello! I'm back from a three month blogging break. And with a mini donut recipe of all things.

A few of you've asked where I've been and how I'm doing. If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter you know I'm alive and eating well. What you may not know is that I've spent the last two months doing a lot of soul searching after leaving my job of almost five years. You see, the position didn't quite fit me anymore and so I've spent most of this new year trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. It's been a time of introspection, coupled with many long chats with Scott, my family and my ladyfriends (often over macarons at Duchess). I toyed with the idea of remaining a Lady of Leisure, but that just isn't cutting it anymore. Neither is Lays Dill Pickle Chip Eater, Judge Judy Watcher or Professional Dog Walker. Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed my time at home immensely, but I need (and want) to be working -- writing, editing, creating, storytelling, helping and connecting with people. It's time to make way for the new and for the first time since leaving, I'm ready to start looking for opportunities which provide me exactly that. If you know of any such positions in the Edmonton area, let me know! And if you don't, I'd appreciate any positive job search vibes sent my way. Thanks, friends.

Anyway, I've missed you! And I have so much to share now after being off the blogging train for months, holy smokes (including posts on spring fashion, relationship tips, our house refresh and one I'm working on gaining the courage to share). It was great to take a break, but I'm happy to be back. And I'm glad to have you back here, too.

Moving on to the donuts.

I'm a Nutella addict and have been since I was a toddler. In Croatia and Bosnia, we ate Nutella slathered on palačinke (crêpes) for breakfast, on bread at lunch, and as a late night snack. There have been too many sticky chocolatey fingers in my life to mention. These days, our house is never without a jar and I've spread it on just about everything. On any given day you can probably find me in the kitchen eating it with a spoon straight out of the jar. You do that too, right? Well then, this recipe should help us all switch it up a little.

These donuts are ridiculously delicious and have Nutella in the batter and frosting. I made them for a Bachelor Finale party I attended which, by the way, was the most awkward and bananas finale I've ever seen. I'm still trying to make sense of what happened, but that's a whole other blog post. Yikes.

Here's what you need to make them...

Nutella Mini Donut
Yields 30 mini donuts

For donuts:
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup Nutella
1 large egg
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For frosting:
1 tablespoon whole milk
2 tablespoons Nutella
1/2 cup powdered sugar

If using an electric donut maker, preheat according to manufacture’s instructions (I have this one & love it). If using donut pans, preheat oven to 350°F and grease donut pans.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together Nutella and sugar. Carefully add egg, milk, and oil; mixing until throughly combined. Then, alternating the flour mixture and milk, combine all ingredients until there are no lumps.

If using mini donut pans: Carefully fill each donut indention 3/4 full. Bake for 7-9 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the donut comes out clean. Transfer donuts to a cooling rack and cool completely.

If using an electric mini donut maker: Carefully fill each donut indention 3/4 full. Bake according to manufactures instructions, or until a toothpick inserted in the donut comes out clean. Remove from appliance, transfer to a cooling rack, and let cool completely.

Place wax paper under a wire rack to collect any drippings for an easy clean up. Then, in a small bowl whisk together Nutella and powdered sugar., Slowly add milk, whisking constantly, until you get a smooth frosting.

Dip the top of each donut into the frosting and transfer to a wire rack and let set for 5 minutes. Donuts can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days, but are best served fresh.

If you can clear a wee bit of time this week, you should give them a whirl! You'll be thankful you did - and so will everyone else who eats them!

Recipe from Mini Donuts.


  1. So happy to see you back here, Dajana! The internet has missed you. I, for one, am so excited for you and the new opportunities that lie ahead. You are such a wonderful, sweet and talented lady and have so much to offer that world out there! Excited to see what the future holds and I'm always here for chats over Duchess Macarons! (Alice too ;)

    And holy smokes!! How have I never come across that donut recipe in my book yet... I need to eat these ASAP. drooooool.

    1. Thanks, C! That's sweet of you, dude.

      p.s. I'm always up for Duchess macaron chats with you and Alice (:

  2. Ooh, those look really yummy! Unfortunately, I have never known the joys of Nutella...allergic to nuts.

    Time off from working is a weird thing, I've been there and I found that I wanted to enjoy it but I couldn't wholly enjoy it because I felt like I needed to get another job asap. Hope you find something you love, on a timeline that works for you. :)

  3. Yummmmm those look heavenly. Good luck with your new start. I'm envious of that actually - it's spring, you're refreshing your house, your work life, your Nutella. Good vibes all around :)

  4. Oh yummmmmmm...perhaps you should just open a bakery! I'm heartened to hear that hope and energy come back after a burnout! I'm kinda in the pre-quitting phase but afraid I just don't wanna work at all (but must!)
    I look forward to seeing more of the amazing things you share- food, style, even some winter wonders if need be! :)

    1. And nuts- dill pickle chip eating ain't a career? Cause I know my chips!!

  5. I have taken long breaks too. And good luck on the job search! As for the recipe - YUM! I need a donut maker. And I love how Croatian is similar to Czech - I ate palacinky when I was young too, except we had them sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.

  6. So these donuts cannot be deep fried? They look gorgeous!


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