I’ve had a mildly-concerning obsession with donuts for a long time – one which escapes explanation. What is it about these tiny pillows of joy that makes them so irresistible? Perhaps it’s their aesthetically pleasing circular shape, suggesting never-ending enjoyment. Or their satisfying squishiness – you could squeeze a donut to death and it would bounce right back. (Not like those fragile, high-maintenance French pastries.) Or perhaps it’s their colourful icing-and-sprinkles clothes. Vibrant pinks, cheerful yellows and warm oranges in an otherwise grey world. Whatever the reason, I have loved donuts since I was little, and could stretch my sticky little fingers up to the kitchen benchtop and wolf down two cinnamon donuts before anyone noticed.
Baking my own donuts today involved less door-watching and more whisking. It’s a very simple recipe, one I found here, and only took about 1 hour to make, from start to finish. Dipping those babies in their icing bath was definitely the best part. I chose maple-glazed donuts because it’s Fall here in the States, and I stumbled upon some beautiful red leaves on my walk home. I love seeing the streets carpeted burnt orange as pumpkins stand guard outside doorways, and the trees shed their dry coats, bracing themselves for winter. It’s the perfect time of year to fill your kitchen with the scent of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Enjoy!