The Cocktail Diaries: The Sidecar
An easy-drinking classic cocktail that uses cognac as a base.
I don’t know where it came from, but Monday morning I had to have donuts.
I thought about the possibilities, like doing a chocolate donut with coffee in the mix somehow (trust me, that will happen later). I also looked at doing an apple cider donut – though that becones a problem when you have no cider on hand. I decided to with cinnamon sugar, pure and simple.
My grandmother in Minnesota always has a little jar of cinnamon sugar mixed up when we visit her house. She always knows exactly the right amount of butter to put on toast for maximum cinnamon sugar absorbance. When we visit her house, she has their tiny coffee pot up and running at 5 a.m., and is listening to this talk radio station that also plays polka music in the kitchen as the rest of us slowly stagger into the kitchen, exhausted from relaxing. I am pretty sure that between the four of us kids, she sometimes went through most of a loaf of bread when we all visited at the same time.
That’s what these donuts make me think of. She is possibly the world’s best toast chef. Hi Grandma! I owe you a letter, hardcore.
Did I mention that we write paper letters? I have to admit I’m behind, but it’s one of my favorite things.
Here’s what you need for the cinnamon donuts. This recipe is adapted from Buns in the Oven.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Use a fork to stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt in a mixing bowl.
In a pourable vessel, use a fork to combine the milk, eggs, vanilla and butter. Add the liquids to the mixing bowl and combine with a whisk or a spatula. Use a piping bag or a spoon to fill two 6-cavity donut pans about 3/4 full in each spot. Bake for about 12 minutes.
For the topping, it’s just like toast. Melt 3 Tbsp. butter in a microwave safe bowl. In another bowl, mix 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar with your desired amount of cinnamon – I think a 2:1 ratio is too much, so I would do maybe 1.5 to 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and see where that gets you. Taste the mixture, if you aren’t sure. I have been making cinnamon sugar so long that I recognize the color when I get there
Dip the donuts one by one into the butter, then into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Enjoy with coffee.
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