A few of my readers have suggested that I try aebleskivers, which are danish pancakes. I’ve been wanting to try making them but they require a special pan to obtain the spherical shape.

I was hesitant to buy a pan just to make danish pancakes especially since I didn’t even know how they tasted. However, I finally pulled the trigger when I saw ones sold on Amazon for a reasonable price and I realized I could also  use this pan to make takoyaki (octopus balls which are a popular Japanese appetizer).

I purchased this Norpro Panand I used it this weekend. The pan worked well and the aebleskivers came out beautifully. They were light, fluffy and you can make them plain or fill them with jam or other filling. I filled mine with nutella. These made a perfect Saturday morning breakfast. I loved the shape and the ability to just pop one into my mouth.

I used a recipe I found on Christine’s Recipes for dutch pancakes, which is similar to danish pancakes. You can view the recipe here. The recipe was easy to whip together and I had all the ingredients on hand.  I followed the recipe as is, and then added some nutella to the middle after filling the pan with batter. I put some powdered sugar on top as well before serving.

I recently was contacted by CSN stores offering to let me do a product review. I’ve received the offer many times in the past and always love this opportunity. Basically I get to choose an item (within a certain price amount) from one of their numerous online stores and I get to keep it and review it.

CSN stores is made up of hundreds of online stores which sell everything from kitchen supplies to office furniture. I haven’t quite decided what I’ll be reviewing this time. I always love adding gadgets to my kitchen but I could add some new things to the other areas of my home as well. Stay tuned for my review!

Apologies to those who are sick of all the hearts and the red and pink. I didn’t do much Valentine’s Day baking this year, so I had to churn out a few this weekend. I bought a big container of tiny heart sprinkles which I needed to use.

I made chocolate heart donuts, but I also wanted to make mini donuts.  So I baked some mini sugar donuts which I decorated with some pink frosting and some tiny heart sprinkles. These donuts really scream Valentine’s Day.

I used this donut pan which I now own two of because baking was taking too long waiting on just one pan.

I’ve been playing around with this sugar donut recipe that became really popular on the blogs a few months ago. This weekend I tried using cake flour instead of regular flour. I didn’t really like the results. The donut previously were already a little too light and breakable. The cake flour made the donuts look dry and brittle. They still tasted good, but they didn’t look very pretty. The donuts have a lot of little holes which also make them hard to frost.  I’m going to keep playing around with this recipe to achieve a better texture. These donuts don’t taste like fried yeast donuts but they do taste like the sugar cake donuts.

Mini baked sugar donuts (adapted from Stylish Cuisine)

Ingredients

3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups cake flour (next time I’ll use all purpose flour)
2 tsp baking power
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup milk (I used fat free)
1 tsp vanilla bean paste

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a donut pan with cooking spray
or vegetable oil.

2. In a large bowl, beat together sugar and egg until light in color.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and
nutmeg. Pour into egg mixture and stir to combine. Pour in vegetable
oil, milk and vanilla extract.

4. Fill mini donut pan with batter, about 2/3 full.

5. Bake for 11-12 minutes for mini donuts, until a tester inserted into the center comes out
clean.

6. Use a small spatula and loosen around the circle of the donut to help ease the removal from the pan.

7. Frost when cooled.