The Boy was really quite pleased with the outcome. And he did help. He helped himself to a handful of freeze dried strawberries - our secret ingredient - before I could get them pulverized to powder for this recipe.
That aside, the wisdom of this child has not been lost on me. Strawberry Donuts are hanker-worthy and very, very delicious.
Here's our recipe:
1/2 C butter, softened
1 1/4 C granulated sugar
1/2 t vanilla
3 T strawberry preserves
1 T freeze dried strawberries, powdered in a food processor*
1 1/2 C flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 C milk
Preheat oven to 350℉. Lightly spray a donut pan with baking spray.
In a medium bowl, thoroughly cream together your butter and sugar with a mixer. Add your eggs, one at a time, mixing completely after each egg addition. Now stir in your vanilla, strawberry preserves and powdered freeze dried strawberries. Mix until combined.
In another bowl, sift together your flour and baking powder. With the mixer on low, add your flour mixture and milk into the egg mixture, alternating back and forth - flour, milk, flour, milk - until everything is added.
Spoon the batter into your prepared donut pan and bake for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow donuts to cool about 5 minutes before removing them from pan and allowing to cool completely. When thoroughly cool, cover with glaze and eat up!
1 C powdered sugar
2 T freeze dried strawberries, powdered in a food processor*
2 T milk
Sift your powdered sugar into a small bowl and then add your powdered freeze dried strawberries. While whisking, add your milk, one teaspoon at a time. Whisk until smooth. Spoon glaze over your donuts and enjoy!
*Freeze dried strawberries are available online or at specialty and health food stores like EarthFare and Whole Foods. They usually come in small pouches and are crunchy and delicious. To add awesome all natural strawberry flavor to this recipe, powder the strawberries by placing them in a food processor and pulsing until they reach powder consistency. Or place the strawberries into a re-sealable plastic bag and crush into powder with a rolling pin.
I pulsed 6 ounces of freeze dried strawberries in the food processor until pulverized to powder. I did have left over strawberry powder. I placed the left over powder into an airtight container and placed into the freezer for another use.