Sunday, June 28, 2015

Thoman Treats - Batch #3

One of the most challenging aspects of dealing with food allergies is the loss of "normal."  Many people don't think twice about taking their children out for ice cream, donuts, or pizza to celebrate life's big moments - a soccer goal, a good report card, a birthday, etc.  Unfortunately, for our family (and millions of other families in this country), celebrating with food carries a risk.  But we try to not let that slow us down and instead we've come up with our own little treats so that Georgia doesn't miss out on all of the fun.

For the past few years, we've been making our own donuts at home.  It's definitely a Daddy-Daughter event and usually I'm just a spectator to the baking madness.  Nick talks all the time about making donuts with his Dad and brother when he was growing up, so I know it's special that he shares this time with Georgia in the kitchen.  This past weekend was Father's Day and it was the perfect time for another installment of "Donuts with Daddy" for a special breakfast treat.





Donuts
**Nut-free**
**Dairy-free**
**Egg-free**

Ingredients:
  • 1 tube of buttermilk biscuits (ironically, no buttermilk in "buttermilk" biscuits in several major store brands, such as Harris Teeter and Wegman's)



  • Canola or vegetable oil
  • Toppings:
    • Chocolate chips
    • Mini marshmallows
    • Cinnamon/Sugar
    • Sprinkles
    • Graham crackers or graham cracker pie crust




Directions:
  • Heat oil in a large pan (we actually use our big wok) - Enough to cover the bottom of the pan and for the biscuit to be dropped in and not touch the bottom of the pan.
  • Break open the tube of biscuits and separate each one.  We use the top of a 2 liter bottle of soda or water bottle to punch holes into each biscuit, so that each biscuit results in one little donut hole and one regular donut.
  • Drop the holes/donuts into the oil CAREFULLY and let brown - Depending upon the heat of your oil, it could take just a few seconds or up to a minute.  Use a spatula to flip them over to let the other side brown up too.  If the oil gets too hot, just turn off the burner for a minute or two.






  • Once both sides are browned up, remove the hole/donut CAREFULLY and drop onto some paper towels to help absorb some of the oil.




Now the fun part... DECORATIONS!!

We love to melt Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate mini chips and dip our donuts in there.  Once properly coated in chocolate, we drop on some colored sprinkles to liven them up!



Little fingers love helping to decorate!

Nick's favorite topping is cinnamon and sugar.  He drops a few tablespoons of sugar and a few shakes of cinnamon into a paper bag and then shake like crazy to mix it all up.  He prefers to drop in the donut holes into that mixture and shake 'em all up until they are covered in the cinnamon and sugar yumminess.


2 cinnamon/sugar donut holes and a s'mores special



video



I got involved in our latest batch of donut making and came up with our craziest concoction yet... s'mores donuts.  Yes, they taste as amazing as they sound. 
  • Step 1 - Drip the donut into the melted chocolate
  • Step 2 - Using some leftover graham cracker pie crust, I broke up the pieces between my fingers and dropped a very small amount all over the donut
  • Step 3 - Gently press on some mini marshmallow



Not the most healthy recipe for Sunday mornings, but definitely tasty and perfect for a special treat!  Best of all, it's FUN for kids and we're all about making memories in the kitchen, even if we just have to be a little more careful about it.







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