baked brown butter champagne doughnuts

fullsizerenderimg_9798What is music?  “Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound and silence, which exist in time. ” –Wikipedia This is a pretty basic definition but interesting. I’m especially drawn to the words “art form” and “cultural activity.” Music is an artistic expression of sound and silence that is shared across all tribes and nations of the world. Even without instruments, our voices naturally create pitches (in some languages more prominently than others).

“Music training sharpens other qualities: Collaboration. The ability to listen. A way of thinking that weaves together disparate ideas. The power to focus on the present and the future simultaneously.” –NY Times Music requires a certain level of creativity and also a disciplined mind. Likewise, cooking also requires the same creativity and a disciplined mind. Cooking requires you to understand the whole process from start to finish before ever even starting. It takes practice and patience and more practice. And also similarly to music, food is something we all share.

We gather together each holiday with our families and friends to share a meal. When couples get married, their family recipes are passed down to them. Food [music] is cultural, it is spiritual, and it is a necessity.

This past holiday season, I particularly over-indulged myself (dear customers at work, I blame you for all the delicious treats you brought). I had been wanting to try a donut recipe, and right before New Year’s Eve, Joy The Baker posted a deliciously tempting picture of these Baked Brown Butter Champagne Doughnuts. They had crushed, dehydrated strawberries and gold dust strewn across the top. How festive and light.

What I love about this recipe is how extremely simple it is! The longest part is browning the butter (and waiting for it to cool), but even that is fast. And because they are baked that means they’re healthy… least we will pretend that’s the case. The spice is not very strong so they are just perfectly pleasant, and the batter provides a great slate for adding more spices or trying different toppings (like a chocolate ganache). These were made for New Years Day, but they would also be a fantastic Valentine’s Day breakfast treat. You can get so creative–use rose petals or some kind of edible flowers, use rose water instead of champagne in the batter, add some orange zest to the batter. So many possibilities!




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