You know what I just realized, Lola will be going to kindergarten in one month. ONE MONTH. That is ridiculous. Amazing, and incredibly scary. I love watching my kids grow up. Seeing them develop, change, and discover who they are. But at the same time, this is my baby, heading off to school, its kind of hard. And as much as I absolutely love fall time. I want this next month to go as slow as possible. Because I'm just not quite ready to let go.
So while I cry over my oldest child growing too old too fast, I have been keeping myself busy in the kitchen. Making tomato sauces for the winter. Canning some jam. And finding new ways to get through the abundance of blueberries that I have in my fridge. First step, make blueberry simple syrup. Use for cocktails. Make a blueberry soda float for the kids. And then, make blueberry glaze for dunking chocolate doughnuts into. But make sure to add some sprinkles on top. Because sprinkles are completely necessary, always.
Chocolate Doughnuts with Blueberry Glaze
adapted from Joy the Baker
Blueberry Simple Syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup fresh blueberry
Place sugar and 1 cup water into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Add the blueberries and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain mixture through sieve or cheesecloth and set aside liquid to fully cool.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup whole milk
1 large egg
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease doughnut pan and set aside.
Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Now, whisk together whole milk, egg, melted butter and vanilla in a small bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and fold together until combined. Fill the doughnut pan 2/3 full. Bake for 12 minutes. Allow to rest slightly before removing them and continuing to cool on wire rack. They need to be 100% cooled before glazing. Do it too soon and the glaze will just run right off. Not that it will taste bad, it will still taste amazing. Just saying.
2 cups confectioners sugar
1-2 tablespoons whole milk
3-4 tablespoons blueberry simple syrup (blueberry jam can be substitute, and would be great)
In a small bowl, stir together sugar, blueberry simple syrup and 1 tablespoon of whole milk with a rubber spatula. From here, you can add more milk and blueberry syrup to make creamier, or a bolder blueberry flavor. To make thicker, add more sugar, gradually.
Place the blueberry glaze in a wide bowl. Taking 1 doughnut at a time, dunk it into the frosting. Lay the glazed doughnuts on top of the wire cooling rack and sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles. Continue with the remaining doughnuts.