Brown Butter Baked Donuts and a Cronut

It’s fun to have a treat once in a while. Sure there is almost always a baked good in my house.  But I mean something we don’t normally have and we get only once in a while. In my neighborhood, we have an amazing bakery, Piro’s, and an amazing coffee shop, Heavnly Donuts.  both of these locations get an occasional visit from Matt or I.  Where am I going with this?  On a recent Sunday morning, Matt suggested that I go get us breakfast treats from Heavnly Donuts.  I chose to make them instead (and I didn’t really feel like going).  And I made Brown Butter Baked Donuts with Chocolate Glaze by Joy the Baker.

These donuts are incredibly easy to make.  And if you don’t have one, I highly recommend getting a donut pan to make your own.


The batter makes six donuts which is perfect.  It is not necessary to have extra donuts hanging around.


Of course the donuts are good as is.  But what fun is a donut without some sort of topping?  Bring on the chocolate glaze and chocolate jimmies.




Make sure you check out the recipe and treat yourself with these donuts!

While we are on the topic of donuts, have you heard of the Cronut?!  It’s a donut and croissant combined and it’s a big thing right now!  You can read all about it here. I have been dying to try one and have been searching for a fairly simple recipe to try and make my own.  But I was just at a mall I don’t go to very often.  I was doing the walk as fast as I can to get out when I walked by Crumbs Bake Shop. I stopped dead in my tracks because not only was it a new bake shop I had to check out, there was a huge sign for “Crumbnuts” in the window.  I got the one with cinnamon and sugar.


It’s pretty big.

IMG_4649And it’s pretty delicious.   I asked Matt how he would describe the taste compared to a donut and he said it is more buttery and custard like.  I would have to agree.  As good as it is, this is definitely something that I will have once in a great while!  I wouldn’t say this is part of a balanced breakfast (not that donuts are any better)!  I still want to try and make them so I will let you know how it goes when I do!

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Glaze

A few weeks ago, we had the first “fall like” day.  A beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the low 70’s.  What does that mean?  It means it is time for fall baking.  This is one of my favorite things about the season.  I can’t get enough of making pumpkin and apple desserts.

An upcoming Sundays with Joy recipe is Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Glaze by Joy the Baker.  Although it is not due to be made until mid-October, it seemed like the perfect first recipe to make for the fall season.  So on that beautiful first “fall like” day, I took advantage of both kids sleeping.  I was actually able to bake something from start to finish without any interruptions.  This never happens!


This cake comes together so quickly.  And the best part about it is all of the wonderful spices that go into it, including cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon.  Nothing but the smells of fall!

A cinnamon glaze tops off the cake.  The recipe indicates that you should drizzle the glaze over the cake.  I could not get it thin enough to drizzle so I spread it like a frosting.




I love how the frosting looks on the cake.  Makes it look somewhat fancy :).


And this is another cake, like this Browned Butter Glazed Banana Cake, that could be eaten for breakfast or as a dessert.  It also pairs well with a hot cup of coffee!



If you want to make this amazing cake, you can find the recipe in the Joy the Baker Cookbook.

Now that I have a pumpkin recipe done, it is time to make an apple one.  I am not sure which I like more, pumpkin or apple.  What is your favorite???




Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes

I love breakfast.  I would be happy to eat it for every meal.  I am not talking about a big breakfast with eggs, toast, bacon, etc.  I am content with a bowl of cereal or a bagel.  French toast or chocolate chip pancakes will satisfy me as well.  But a breakfast that tastes like an oatmeal cookie?  Is that possible?  Sure is!

This week’s Sundays with Joy recipe is Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes.  This recipe can be found in the Joy the Baker cookbook and on her blog as well!  This is an extremely easy pancakes from scratch recipe.  No pancake mix necessary!  And you will most likely have all of the ingredients in your kitchen.  I did.



Without a doubt I knew these would be delicious by the way my kitchen began to smell…



I was right.  My 2-year-old son, husband, and I had a wonderful breakfast the morning these were made.


I wish my final product picture made them look more appetizing.  It doesn’t do it justice.  But trust me, if you want to have a special breakfast for whatever reason, Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes are the way to go!  Remember, you can find the recipe in the cookbook or on the Joy the Baker blog!