So as you may recall, last week at this time I was busy preparing myself for all the National Organ Donor Day festivities, and now today I’m getting ready for another important holiday which is coming up tomorrow– Mardi Gras! Also known as Fat Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, or for all my Swedish amigos out there, Fettisdagen. Originally Mardi Gras was celebrated by the Christians because it was the last night before the beginning of the Lenten season. Everyone would get together and celebrate and eat rich, fatty foods and wear crazy masks and have big parades and parties. Sort of like a last hurrah before Ash Wednesday when they would begin repenting and fasting for the next 40 days before Easter.
Nowadays, Mardi Gras has taken on a whole new meaning and seems to be celebrated by not just Christians, but anyone out there looking for an excuse to party and have a good time. And by good time I mean a lot of dancing and drinking and throwing shiny beads at people who show off their ta-tas. Not exactly how religious Christians celebrated this occasion way back in the day but probably would have liked to, in all honesty. Who doesn’t enjoy a night of booze and boobs, am I right?
So even though Mardi Gras isn’t hugely celebrated up here in the Pacific Northwest, mi papa is originally from New Orleans and he still likes to do his part in carrying on some of the traditions from his youth. And since he doesn’t drink and isn’t much of a partier, you can probably guess which of the traditions it is that he likes to partake in <wink wink>. I, on the other hand, love any excuse to whip up some delicious baked goodies, and thought making some cute little mini cake doughnuts would be the perfect addition to our Mardi Gras celebration. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite the memo on the correct color scheme (green, purple and gold) so I went with pink instead. Oh well, at least it made mi mama happy. I just set her calendar back a week and told her they were for Valentine’s Day… hehe.
Mini Mardi Gras Strawberry Doughnuts
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs or 1/2 cup egg substitute
2 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk
2 drops pink food coloring
1) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12 mini-doughnut pan with cooking spray.
2) Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Mix well to combine.
3) Stir in milk, vanilla, eggs and butter and mix until just combined.
4) Fill each doughnut cup 3/4 full. Bake 10 minutes or until slightly browned. Allow to cool 5 minutes before removing from pan. Makes 24 mini doughnuts.
5) Once completely cooled, combine powdered sugar, milk and food coloring in a small bowl until creamy. Dip tops of doughnuts into icing and cover with sprinkled, if desired.
Alright amigos, that’s it for me for the evening. I gotta get my beads ready for tomorrow’s big Fat Tuesday parade. And considering how many strands I have saved from last year, things could get pretty crazy out there!