This past summer when I began pondering my time, I asked myself a simple question: “What is something I want to accomplish that I haven’t already done?” This brought me to my goal of wanting to create a cookbook. Cooking has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl and creating a cookbook seemed like the ultimate culmination of this hobby.
When I googled, “How to get a cookbook deal” all roads led me to creating a food blog. This seemed like the perfect avenue for me, the combination of photography and cooking. Two hobbies of mine that I had put on the back burner for many months. Two hobbies that I had pursued in college career endeavors and something I could do in my free time at home.
But this did not go without hesitation and doubt. First, who would want to read MY food blog, what would be my point of view, and was it even a feasible feat living in a small town in North Dakota? Would I be able to figure out all the website, photography, and tech jargon needed to create a beautiful blog?
Enter my inspiration, Molly Yeh of the food blog My Name is Yeh. My google searches led me to the Saveur Blog Awards where I perused several successful food blogs on the internet. Lo and behold would you guess that My Name is Yeh is one of the most successful food blogs and it stemmed from a small farmstead in North Dakota!
Molly’s blog is wonderful. It is full of picturesque photography and scrumptious, innovative recipes. See for yourself here. Her writing is charming and seeing her pictures of recipes that had taken cues from her North Dakota farm made me feel right at home. Her cookbook is one in the same a perfect gathering of unique recipes that tie to her roots, but also her experiences in New York and North Dakota (two loves of mine too). Her blog and cookbook were a true driving force in helping me find the courage to start my own blog.
A few months ago I was thrilled to learn that I had won one of Molly’s pre-order giveaways for her cookbook Molly on the Range (which you can purchase here.) A small canister of rainbow sprinkles arrived in my PO Box a few weeks later, but not only pretty rainbow sprinkles they were also mixed with spices, sesame seeds, and salt.
I thought for weeks what would be the best recipe to pay tribute to these special sprinkles and I came up with Baked Funfetti Donuts. Molly is known for her classic funfetti cake that graces the cover of her cookbook. I thought this rendition would be fun to take a twist on this colorful cake and pack it all into one little donut. Funfetti was also the perfect ingredient because it also depicts her very witty, creative food blog to a T!
These donuts have wonderful flavor and the sprinkles make the donuts pop even more! So thank you Molly Yeh for inspiring me to start my blog (and thanks for the sprinkles!) I hope that someday our paths cross in the small town ways of North Dakota that we both know and love.
Baked Funfetti Donuts
1 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/8 t. nutmeg
1/3 c. sugar
1/4 c. milk
1/4 c. greek yogurt
2 T. unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 t. imitation vanilla extract
1/2 c. rainbow sprinkles
3 T. heavy cream
1 c. powdered sugar
1/4 t. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a donut pan with non-stick spray. I purchased mine from here. To make the donuts, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and sugar together in a bowl. Set aside. Whisk the milk, yogurt and egg together until smooth. Add in the melted butter and vanilla, whisking until fully combined. Slowly combine the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients. Do not over mix. Fold in the sprinkles gently, making sure you don’t mix too much or they will bleed. Spoon or pipe the batter into donut pans, filling 2/3 full. Bake for 9-10 minutes until the edges are lightly browned. Cool before glazing.
To prepare glaze, heat powdered sugar and cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until smooth. Add in vanilla and mix for 2-3 minutes until warm. Immediately dip cooled donuts into warmed glaze and sprinkle with sprinkles!