Nana's Cooking Camp is in session and today, and four of my seven grandchildren came and we made Red Velvet Doughnuts. Yes, they were a hit! Didn't they decorate them beautifully?
Even my oldest grandson came along. Although he didn't participate in the the baking, it was so nice to have him over. The kids play games, have lunch, bake, and do other activities.
My son, Mike, gives the kids a water color lesson, too. They earn "Uncle Bucks" from their uncle, by doing chores, competing, or participating, and then they can cash in their Uncle Buck and get prizes!
Ah yes, I'm going to enjoy a doughnut out on the patio. I've saved one for you, too! The solar angel on my table was a Mother's Day gift from my daughter, and the wings glow at night.
This pretty teacup was from Stephanie's teacup exchange, several years ago, and is called Lakeview, by Nasco. It's so pretty for the 4th of July, don't you think? I actually have it displayed on my mantle, with another teacup, that I shared last week.
Maybe we can sit in my Adirondack chairs and beat the heat with some iced tea, instead! The Kimberly fern tolerates the heat. The angel wing begonia that's in my giant teacup, actually came back from being outside in the winter. It started out very small, but just look how beautiful it is! The oxalis also withstood the winter and came back. I love free plants!
Today would've been my 46th Wedding Anniversary...so sad that my beloved is not here with me to celebrate our special day.
The recipe for the donuts came from Family Circle magazine. The kids all take turns in measuring, and doing the different steps in the recipe. I am so proud of how they cooperate with each other! Here's the recipe, if you'd like to try the doughnuts:
Red Velvet Doughnuts
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup plus 3 tbsp half-and-half
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 tablespoon red food coloring
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- Colored sprinkles
- Heat oven to 350 degrees . Coat 2 doughnut baking pans with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a bowl, combine first 6 ingredients. In a second bowl, whisk eggs, 3/4 cup half-and-half and next 3 ingredients. Beat egg mixture into flour mixture on low speed until all ingredients are moistened. Beat 1 minute on medium-high.
- Divide batter equally between pans. Bake 13 minutes or until a wood pick inserted in center of doughnut comes out clean. Turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Loosen edges with a small knife if necessary.
- Beat cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and 3 tbsp half-and-half until smooth. Dip top of doughnuts into cream cheese glaze and place on wire rack until set. Decorate with colored sprinkles.
I am sharing this with these lovely parties:
Thank you for your visit! xo