Bubba: “What do you want to do for Mother’s Day?”
Me: “I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about it.”
Lie. Lie. Lie. Of course I thought about it! Just tell him already!
“I want to sleep in. Then I want a large cup of coffee, but more importantly I’d like to drink that cup of coffee while it is still warm. Drink, not chug. Then I would like to go to the bathroom by myself without one of the kids bursting in because they need something. Maybe while I’m in the bathroom you can take the kids, yes all 3, to Mamadou’s and pick up some delicious, buttery, chocolate croissants for breakfast. After we eat the croissants and open cards and give lots of hugs and kisses and I think about how lucky I am to have such an awesome husband and 3 sweet kids; I want to be alone. Yup, alone. I want a quiet minute or hour. Take them to the park, please!
Maybe I’ll go for a run or take a shower without rushing. Maybe both? I’ll call Mom and wish her a happy day. How did you do it? And she’ll laugh and say “I just did it.” I’ll call my grandmother and sister. I’ll ask my grandmother the same thing and she’ll say “I don’t remember, but I did. You will too.” Jamie: “I don’t know how you do it.” She’ll laugh and say “I don’t know how you do it, Kel.” After I get off the phone, the empty house will feel odd. I’ll wander around it aimlessly. Now what? Laundry? Prep dinner? No, I know organize the office! No, c’mon its Mother’s Day. Relax. Sit on the deck and read? Maybe? Try out my new donut pan and bake a dozen, warm and sweet vanilla bean doughnuts? Yes!
But wait, if I eat a croissant for breakfast, can I have a donut for a snack? Sure, it’s Mother’s day.
I’ll think: I should bake donuts everyday. This is so easy. Then I’ll remember: I’m not alone everyday. Oh ya.
Ok, these sweet bites are ready to go in the oven. I love this pan.
All done and ready for the chocolate glaze. Dam, this house is quiet. When are they coming back? Oh wait. I hear crying. They’re back. It’s N. No it’s G. No it’s N. He needs to nurse. Ok, buddy. I’m here. Ouch! Daddy! I need a band-aid. I better grab one. Don’t grab a pink princess one. My goose doesn’t like pink or princesses anymore. Mama! Are you here? I’ll sing my song now. “Mama, mama let me say: have a happy mother’s day!” G. My sweet boy. Bubba: “smells good in here! What did you make? Wash your hands! Everyone needs to wash their hands before they can help mama.”
“Mama, can I help you?” Sure.
I love their little hands. Someday, baby N, you’ll help too. I love their excitement when they see rainbow sprinkles. Rainbow sprinkles! Making them happy is easy. It won’t always be easy. Enjoy this.
Bubba smiles and asks ‘Did you get a minute?”
Yup. I got a minute.
Our house is loud again and that’s ok. They finish decorating the donuts and ask “can we be your taste testers?” They gobble up the donuts leaving a ring of chocolate around their little mouths. I wipe them clean, give them a kiss and we head outside.
Baked Vanilla Bean Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze
doughnut recipe adapted from Ina Garten
chocolate glaze recipe by Joy the Baker
makes 1 dozen
Ingredients for Doughnut:
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups whole milk
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, browned
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
Ingredients for Chocolate Glaze:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
4 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of kosher salt
3 to 4 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Directions for doughnuts: Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease donut pans and set aside. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg, milk, browned butter, and vanilla bean seeds. Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Do not over mix!
Pour the batter into a Ziploc bag. Twist the top of bag so the batter doesn’t leak out and then trim the bottom corner of the bag. Pipe the batter into the baking pan about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for about 17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the donuts cool for about 5 minutes and then tap them out on to a sheet pan.
Directions for the glaze:
In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and salt. If you still see lumps in the sugar use a sifter!
Add 3-4 tablespoons of milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix together until completely incorporated and smooth. The glaze should be, thick but pourable.
Once the donuts are cool, dip them top side up into the chocolate glaze and place on a wire rack set inside a sheet pan. Decorate with sprinkles and allow to set for 30 minutes before stacking them. The donuts taste best the day they are made, but will still taste good two days later. Enjoy!
5 Doughnut Links for Mother’s Day
Want to eat a glazed doughnut filled and topped with funfetti? Head to Sally’s Baking Addiction for her baked funfetti donuts recipe. Just looking at her donuts makes me happy.
Glazed chocolate doughnuts are my favorite. The Faux Martha’s recipe for Baked Glazed Chocolate Doughnuts is on my must make list!
Should you make French toast or bake doughnuts for Mom this weekend? Tough call. How about French Toast Cake Donuts with maple glaze? Bakingdom has a delicious recipe for you. Check it out!
Want the real, fried, fluffy dough topped with a maple bacon glaze? How Sweet It Is has a recipe for mini maple bacon doughnuts. My mouth is watering!
Cheesecake doughnuts with salted caramel. Yes, you read that right. Head to Gourmet Traveller for the recipe.