It’s officially the first week of summer. In coastal Connecticut, this not only means sunshine and days at the beach, it also means seeing my favorite local farmers at markets, stands and pick-your-own events. But unlike in the past, this year it doesn’t feel like like a reunion. Thanks to Facebook, I never really had to say goodbye.For locavores and food lovers, it’s an indispensable life-hack:
By “liking” your favorite farms on Facebook, you can be privy to the harvest status of crops,which can vary greatly from year to year given the vagaries of weather.
You will also readily access schedule changes, event notices & specials. And increasingly, Facebook is a forum where farmers and their community members share recipes.
So if your seasonal market closes once the cold weather arrives, there’s no need for sweet sorrow. Watch your farmers preserve, prune and plant all year…until you meet again in summer.
Enjoy here a few of the farms across the country that I follow on Facebook. Please share your favorites in the comments.
Deeply Rooted Farms (Harwinton, CT)
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Once again, I had a great time on 102.9 DRC-FM with my friends Mike and Kim in the morning for “Foodie Friday” on June 6th, 2014.
In honor of National Doughnut Day, we discussed my choices for the Top 5 Doughnut Shops in Connecticut.
Have a listen to our talk while you watch the slideshow. And if you want to try making your own easy baked doughnuts at home, check out this King Arthur recipe and demonstration I shared on Better Connecticut. Happy Eating!
I had great fun celebrating National Doughnut Day today with Scot Haney, guest host Kristen Taekman and the Better Connecticut crew. We couldn’t stop eating these irresistible Baked Doughnuts- and neither could our audience! We also had fun discussing my recent post: Top 5 Doughnut Shops in CT. Thanks to King Arthur Flour for the great recipe and baking pans.
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BAKED DOUGHNUTS, Recipe Courtesy of King Arthur Flour
Hands-on time:15 mins.
Baking time:10 mins. to 12 mins.
Total time:25 mins. to 27 mins.
Yield: 6 doughnuts
1 cup Round Table Unbleached Pastry flour or 7/8 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons dried buttermilk powder
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons water
- Whisk together all of the dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, oil and water (or buttermilk or yogurt) until foamy.
- Pour the liquid ingredients all at once into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
- Butter or grease the doughnut pan; non-stick pan spray works well here. Note: even though the pan is non-stick, since the doughnuts are low-fat they may stick unless you grease the pan first. Fill each doughnut form half full.
- Bake the doughnuts in a preheated 375°F oven for 10 to 12 minutes. When done, they’ll spring back when touched lightly, and will be quite brown on the top.
- Remove the doughnuts from the oven, remove them from the pan, and allow them to cool on rack. Glaze with icing, or coat with cinnamon-sugar or any non-melting sugar.
Tips from our bakers
- Using pastry flour will make a more tender doughnut.
- If you don’t have buttermilk powder on hand, substitute 2 tablespoons buttermilk or yogurt for the water.
In honor of National Doughnut Day, I spent the past month tasting doughnuts throughout Connecticut. What difficult work this was!!! Most of my stops were recommended by my fabulous Facebook fans- thank you!
Please enjoy this slideshow of my favorite five shops*- all worthy of a special trip!
Neil's Donut Bake Shop (Wallingford, CT)
This tiny bakery has a vintage sign and a line out the door. The fresh, delicious delicacies are well worth the wait
Standout Doughnut: Sugar
Pastry Fusions (North Branford, CT)
Tucked away in a generic shopping center, owner Frank expanded his bakery to include these perfect confections. Plenty of classic flavors as well as creative alternatives. Standout Doughnut: Maple Bacon
Heavn'ly Donuts (Derby, CT)
At this heavenly oasis, owner & baker Effie cultivates a home-y, old fashioned atmosphere- taking orders herself from the drive-through and greeting in-store customers. In addition to doughnuts, she serves a variety of specialties from her native Greece, including Spanakopita.
Standout Doughnut: Chocolate
Top 5 Doughnut Shops in Connecticut*
Guiliano’s Bakery (Niantic)
Coffee An’ Donut Shop (Westport)
Neil’s Donut and Bake Shop (Wallingford)
Pastry Fusions (North Branford)
Heavn’ly Donut (Derby)
*List is unranked