Whenever I crave for donuts, memories always take me back to my initial visit to Tampere, Finland in 2008. Before that I didn’t know what donuts really tasted like and now, they are one of my most favorite edible foods on earth. 😉
There is this very old and famous place in Tampere called Pyynikki. They have a park there named Nakotorni, which has an Observation Tower built in 1929, replaced by the old tower dating back to 1888. The old tower was damaged during the civil war in 1918. There is a lovely café at the bottom of the tower that serves the best bestest donuts (Munkki in Finnish) along with tea/coffee for 2euros.
People wait there patiently in long queues just for the donuts, so you can well imagine how awesome they must taste. If you wish, you can sit inside or they have wooden benches outside. After consuming the scrumptious and Oh! So satisfying donuts, we also decided to climb up the staircase to get a 360 degree view of the city.
The tower is not so tall but it has an amazing view, as it is situated on top of a hill; so climbing up the staircase is completely worth it. We went in the month of June-July. It was still quite cold and windy, cloudy and was drizzling a bit. In short AMAZING WEATHER! 😉
Reminiscing about the whole experience, I thought I’d try my hand at making my own bunch of donuts. The best part about them is that they are non-fried, eggless, and easy to prepare. It requires very little preparation time as you don’t have to roll out the dough and form shapes. They are light and cakey in texture. You can also make pancakes with the same batter.
This is what you will need: ( Makes 14-15 donuts)
½ cup Plain Flour
¼ cup Semolina
¼ cup Wheat Flour
1 1/4 cup Milk
2 tbsp butter (If you are using salted butter do not add salt separately)
1/4 tsp Salt
2 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 pinch Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
Butter for greasing
Nutella/ Powdered Sugar/ Cinnamon Powder for frosting
- Combine plain flour, semolina, wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Keep aside.
- In another bowl whisk butter and sugar together. Add in the vanilla bean paste, flour mixture along with milk and form a batter.
- Lightly grease mould with butter. With the help of a spoon pour into each mould. Make sure to leave ¼ space to rise. Cook on a low flame. It will take around 10-15 minutes. Flip and cook for another 5 minutes. Check with the help of a toothpick. The ones in the corner might take a little longer, as they are not in contact with the flame directly.
- And there you go. They are completely hassle-free and to some extent guilt-free as well. Coat them in chocolate ganache, cinnamon glaze, and strawberry with sprinkles, chocolate chips or just about any frosting you like.
I went with the old fashioned way, by simply coating them in powdered sugar. I coated a few with Nutella and had with a shot of black coffee.