As you may already know, I’m Canadian BUT I have a ton of family and friends who live in the USA. I also feel that any excuse to celebrate and eat is fine by me. I asked my friend @miniliciousbyrachelle to create some cute little baked mini donuts again. I can’t get enough of these babies. She did an amazing job filling this order – I asked her for 9 blue with stars, 18 white and 13 red. Just to let you know, those white little stars were hard to come by so she picked them out by hand from a container of multicolor sprinkles…..and then I found myself doing the same thing when I needed extras to throw around on set. I know we’re nuts.
When I wrote my blogpost on Canada Day I gave you the top 11 things I love about Canada. Let me share my top 10 list of things I love about the USA in the eyes of a Canadian. Here ya go:
1. The Star Spangled Banner – which I like to sing ……..out loud at the start of every ball game….which is fine because it’s so loud in the stadium no one can hear me.
2. Walgreens – because they have just about everything you need in the makeup department without having to ship it through Amazon/Paypal to a US only address
3. REAL TARGET STORES – I can’t even begin to tell you how much ours (which lasted here for like a New York minute) sucked.
4. Cereal Selections – at the grocery store – they have Chocolate Chex Cereal for godsakes
5. Bloomingdales & Neiman Marcus – right?
6. Restaurant portions – I can’t control myself
7. Dolla Dolla Bills – Love the US greenback single dollar bill – no loonies to weigh down your handbag
8. Hollywood – where all the stars come out at night (and during the day)
9. The Imperial System vs The Metric – I’m sorry fellow Canadians, but I still think in pounds, quarts, tablespoons and MILES!!
10. McDonalds Orange Pop – huh? Well, we stopped selling it here in Canada and it is the ONLY drink I can have with my Filet O’ Fish meal.
What’s the story about the 4th of July? Here is the definition of this significant US holiday:
“Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain”. In other words – Americans basically said “Pip Pip Cheerio to the Queen”.
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
- ¼ cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup whole milk
- 6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- For a cinnamon-sugar mixture topping:
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- For the glaze:
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1½ Tbs. whole milk
- sprinkles optional
- To make the donuts, preheat oven to 350°F. Grease the wells of a mini donut pan.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. In a measuring cup, stir together the buttermilk and whole milk. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat together the butter and granulated sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg and beat on medium speed until combined, about 1 minute.
- Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the buttermilk mixture and beginning and ending with the flour. Beat each addition until just blended.
- Pour a scant 1 Tbs. batter into each prepared well. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the donuts comes out clean, about 8 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes, then invert the pan onto the rack and lift off the pan.
- Wash and dry the pan and repeat with the remaining batter.
- If making the cinnamon-sugar mixture, place the granulated sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and whisk until combined. While the donuts are still warm, toss them in the mixture and transfer to a wire rack.
- If making the glaze, place the confectioners’ sugar and milk in a small bowl and whisk until combined. Let the donuts cool completely, then dip them, top side down, into the glaze. Transfer the donuts, glazed size up, to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Makes 24 donuts.
HAPPY 4th OF JULY!!!!