May 17, 2020
by Mimi Holtz

Cinnamon Applesauce Baked Donuts with Vanilla Glaze

glazed baked applesauce donuts

New Donut Flavor

I used a pouch of fruit and veggie applesauce to make these glorious donuts.  (scroll down to go straight to the recipe)  Our grandchildren love pouches filled with organic fruit and vegetables. These are from North Coast Organic apple products of Sebastopol, CA.  Recently North Coast sent me an “inspiration box” of their products, including these boxes of  North Coast Organic applesauce pouches.

Applesauce pouches from North Coast Organics

Applesauce Pouches  with Fruits and Veggies

The flavor choices are fun!  My grandchildren love these resealable pouches, especially when they don’t want to stop playing but need a snack.

North Coast Organic applesauce

There is no added sugar or preservatives.  Combinations include blueberry/spinach/kale,   mango/sweet potato/apricot, or pear/blackberry/beet.  Each box has four servings/pouches.

Glazing baked donuts

Baked Donuts – Lots of Variety

Last week I made Banana Cinnamon Donuts with Coconut Glaze so this week it was time to try a new idea.   How about use one of the  pouches to make donuts for the family? I used the  recipe from  Dorothy of ShockinglyDelicious,  but doubled the recipe and adapted it for the applesauce.  The family loved the   taste of apples and cinnamon, with a vanilla glaze.   Yes, the blueberries, spinach, and kale are there too!

Glazed Applesauce Cinnamon Baked Donuts

Sparkling Sugars Are Fun

I picked out three colors of sparkling sugars — purple for blueberries, light green for spinach, and dark green for kale.  It’s fun to mix the sugars in a bowl and see how pretty they are together.

Our family has had such fun with these donuts!  Try out one of the recipes and let me know how they come out!

Cinnamon Applesauce Baked Donuts with Vanilla Glaze

Quick and easy baked donuts made with a pouch of applesauce. Bake these in your oven using a special donut pan. Dip into glaze and sprinkle sparkling sugars!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Course: Quick Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15 donuts


  • nonstick donut pans
  • wire cooling rack
  • medium mixing bowl
  • small mixing bowl
  • small bowl for glaze


  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 pouch (3.2 oz) applesauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon


    • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
    • 2 tsp corn syrup
    • 2 tsp water
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
    • sparkling sugars for decoration



    • Preheat oven to 350F degrees. If your donut pans are not nonstick, spray them with cooking spray.
    • Place the sour cream, applesauce, eggs, vanilla, oil, butter, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together.
    • Mix the flour and baking soda together, then add to the sour cream mixture. Stir until well combined.
    • Fill the nonstick donut pans with batter. I use a soup spoon to fill each donut opening. It takes two full soup spoons to fill each hole.
    • Bake in 350F oven for 12 minutes. The donuts will be golden brown and the top will be springy to the touch.
    • Remove the pans from the oven, and let cool for at least 5 minutes before turning the donuts out onto a wire cooking rack. Be careful, as they tear easily when they're hot.


    • Melt the butter in a small bowl. Add corn syrup, water, extract, and powdered sugar to the butter and stir/whisk until smoth. Add an extra tsp of water if it is too thick.
    • Pour sparkling sugars or sprinkles into a bowl and mix together.
    • When the donuts have cooled, dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze, let the excess glaze drip off, then dip the donut top into the sugars/sprinkles. Allow to rest for a few minutes until the glaze has set.
    • Makes 15 donuts.

    North Coast Organic Helps Their Community

     Some of the ways North Coast Organic is helping their community during this difficult time: 

    • Making donations to Redwood Empire Food Bank
    • Brent Farris of KZST is promoting on-air a care package giveaway to front-line healthcare workers at Memorial, Sutter, and Kaiser hospitals. 
    • North Coast pouches are being distributed
      • daily for the free breakfast and lunch programs at both El Molino and Analy campuses
      • 5x/week at North Bay Farmer’s Markets thanks to the Straus Family Creamery team 
      • 5x/week to hospitals and shelters riding along with grilled cheese sandwiches on the Miyoko’s food truck

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    May 10, 2020
    by Mimi Holtz

    Banana Cinnamon Baked Donuts with Coconut Glaze


    Banana Cinnamon Baked Donuts with Coconut Glaze

    Homemade Baked Donuts

    The local donut shops have been closed around here, and I’ve been craving a good old fashioned donut .  A few weeks ago I noticed a photo on Instagram that made my mouth water.  My friend  Dorothy of ShockinglyDelicious had posted a recipe on her blog for Easy Glazed Baked Donuts. 

    Before I could make donuts I needed  to order some pans.  I ordered Wilton donut pans and as soon as they came I tried Dorothy’s recipe.  She was right:  those donuts are really easy and really tasty!  I tried out colored sugars and decorative non-pareils to decorate the donuts after they were glazed — so much fun!  And let me tell you, I was the woman of the hour when my family came into the kitchen and discovered those yummy donuts!

    Easy Baked Donuts

    Mother’s Day Donuts: Banana Cinnamon!

    I decided to try a different flavor this morning for Mother’s Day.  I doubled Dorothy’s recipe, added mashed banana instead of half the sour cream, used some brown sugar along with the granulated sugar, and added cinnamon . For the glaze I used coconut extract instead of vanilla.  Easy!  (Scroll down the page if you are in a hurry to find the recipe.)

    A Few Tips

    The first time I made Dorothy’s donuts, I figured out that I had over-filled the donut pans because there wasn’t really a hole in each donut. Not that it mattered, those donuts were so delicious that  nobody missed the holes!  Today when I made a new batch, I was careful to fill the pans just 3/4 full, and the donuts came out just right.  I must admit that I was happy to see those donuts with proper holes in them.

    The donut pans I ordered online are non-stick, so I didn’t need to spray or grease the pans. What could be easier?

    donut pan
    The glaze can be flavored with any kind of extract you wish.  The first time I used lemon extract.  Today I used coconut because I was making banana cinnamon donuts and coconut goes so well with banana.  I found some pretty sparkly colored sugars in my pantry.   So fun!

    banana cinnamon baked donuts recipe

    Cool the donuts in the pans for about 5 minutes, then let them finish cooling on the wire rack.  Make sure they’re completely cooled before you dip them into the glaze, and then into the decorations.

    Banana Cinnamon Baked Donuts with Coconut Glaze

    Easy old fashioned cake donuts you can bake at home in your oven. Dip them in flavored glaze and sparkly sugars or sprinkles!
    Prep Time15 mins
    Cook Time12 mins
    Course: Quick Bread
    Cuisine: American
    Servings: 15 donuts


    • donut baking pan
    • mixing bowl
    • small bowl for glaze
    • small bowl for decorations


    • 3 medium eggs
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1 ripe banana peeled and mashed
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 4 Tablespoons melted butter
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • t teaspoon cinnamon

    Coconut Glaze

    • 2 tablepoons melted butter
    • 2 teaspoons corn syrup
    • 2 teaspoons water
    • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
    • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
    • sparkling colored sugars for decoration or sprinkles or non-pareils



    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. If not non-stick, spray donut pans with cooking spray.
    • In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs, and whisk in the sour cream, vanilla, oil, melted butter, sugars, and salt.
    • Stir in the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda until well combined.
    • With a soup spoon, carefully fill the nonstick donut pans with batter. This recipe filled two pans (total 12 donuts) and an additional 3 donuts. Bake for 12-14 minutes. The donuts will be golden brown and the top will be dry and springy.
    • Remove donuts from the oven and let cool in the pans for 5 minutes so that they will release from the pan without tearing. Cool completely on wire racks before glazing.


    • Melt the butter in the microwave oven. Add corn syrup, water, coconut extract, and powdered sugar to the butter and stir well until smooth.


    • When the donuts are cool, dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze and then dip into a bowl of colored sugar or sprinkles. Place on the wire rack until the glaze has set and is dry.


    Recipe Source:  Adapted from Dorothy Reinhold at  She adated hers from Dana Commandatore at, and she adapted hers from a recipe from 

     Everything is Better with Bacon!

    I cooked some bacon to go with those donuts.  I do mine in the oven on a cookie sheet – 15 minutes at 375 degrees F.  The Farmer made me a beautiful Latte and our daughter made scrambled eggs. Later our son stopped by with a friend so we shared “socially distanced” donuts and bacon out on the porch.  What fun!

    Bacon in the oven

    Mother’s Day Art

    A special gift for Mother’s Day — a signed Rainbow Butterfly painting  from my two-year-old granddaughter!  Could Mother’s Day be any sweeter?

    Mother's Day Art

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    popovers hot from the oven

    April 27, 2020
    by Mimi Holtz



    On A Quest for Giant Popovers

    Do you love popovers as much as I do?  Piping hot from the oven,  crispy on the outside and hollow on the inside…ready to melt the perfect pat of butter.  Large enough to stuff with yummy fillings. Popovers that create tasty memories.  I was craving popovers, so I started reading recipes, trying them out, and serving a new trial to my family every afternoon.  We all became obsessed with achieving the perfect popover.

    Recipes and Tips

    During the past week  I made popovers almost every day,  trying a  total of seven recipes before we all agreed that we were experiencing the perfect batch of popovers. Continue Reading →

    April 19, 2020
    by Mimi Holtz

    How to Peel Garlic Cloves Easily


    Peeled garlic

    The Easy Way to Peel Garlic

    I used to try to peel garlic cloves with a paring knife.  It was frustrating and I’d lose much of the garlic.  Today for #NationalGarlic Day  I’m sharing the way to peel garlic cloves without touching them with a knife!  Easy and fun!

    Mason Jar with Lid for peeling garlic

    You Need a Mason Jar with a Lid

    The jar that I use is a plastic one, but you can use a glass Mason jar or any clean empty jar with a lid.  Separate the garlic cloves and place them into the jar. Continue Reading →

    Cabbage and Bacon

    April 15, 2020
    by Mimi Holtz

    Cabbage and Bacon: A Comfort Food

    Cabbage and Bacon

    Looking for a new comfort food that’s full of vegetables?  Cabbage and Bacon is here!  I must admit that we rarely eat cabbage, outside of cole slaw or the traditional corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day.  I know some folks use cabbage soup to lose weight, or put a little red cabbage into their salads.

    fresh cabbage


    We’ve been sending out Variety Boxes of fruits and veggies to folks who are staying home during the corona virus quarantine, and some who can’t leave their homes to shop.  One of those folks asked if we could send some cabbage. Continue Reading →

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