Nurses Who Bake

24 Mar

Spring break means having time to…

sleep in

do yoga

run with my dog

watch TV

organize the spices cabinet

finally do the laundry



Today, I got together with Anna, Lisa, and Luky (a few of my favorite nurses) to bake and eat!

Luky, Anna, and Lisa

Perhaps we went a little too crazy with baking cause we ended up making pigs in a blanket, maple bacon cupcakes, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and vanilla bean baby donuts. Needless to say, we ate A LOT. It would be crazy to share all the recipes in one blog post, so I’m just going to share two – maple bacon cupcakes and vanilla bean baby donuts.

Maple Bacon Cupcakes Recipe

adapted from Vanilla Garlic

Makes 6 / 350F oven

4 1/2 tablespoons of butter, room temperature
1/2 tablespoon of bacon drippings (left in the fridge to become solid) I’d like to think that because we’re nurses we decided to not use this ingredient, but really, it was because we completely forgot about it in the fridge
1 egg
5 tablespoons of brown sugar
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 1/4 cup of self rising flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
tiny tiny pinch of kosher salt
1/4 cup of milk
1/4 cup of minced bacon, cooked and drained

1) Cook some bacon in a fry pan (about 6 thick strips). Reserve the drippings and place in the fridge to solidify. Mince 1/4 a cup of the bacon. The chef should eat whatever is left to assure that the bacon is tasty.

2) Beat the butter and solidified bacon fat ’till light and creamy. Add the brown sugar and maple syrup and beat well until combined.

3) Add the egg and beat until incorporated.

4) Sift the flour, salt, baking soda and powder together.

5) Add some of the flour and mix, then some of the milk, then continue to alternate the dry and wet ingredients, ending with the dry. Mix until just combined. Fold in the bacon. Taste and add more maple syrup, flour, or milk if needed for desired taste. Keep in mind the maple frosting is very sweet, and to add in very small increments for alterations as maple syrup in large amounts can break a cake batter.

6) Scoop into cupcake papers and bake at 350 F for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Be sure to rotate the pan after the first 15 minutes for even baking.

Maple Syrup Frosting

4 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
1 cup of powdered sugar
turbinado sugar (optional, but recommended)
coarse grain sea salt (optional, but recommended)

Combine the syrup and butter until combined. Add the sugar, a bit at a time, and whip at high speeds until combined. Pipe or spread onto cupcakes. Sprinkle on sea salt and turbinado sugar for decoration and a lot of added flavor.

Ta-da! Maple Bacon Cupcakes!!!

Vanilla Bean Baby Donuts Recipe

adapted from sprinkle bakes

Makes 5-6 dozen baby donuts

Doughnut batter:

2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tbsp. butter, melted
Seeds from one vanilla bean

Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In large mixing bowl, sift together all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add buttermilk, eggs, vanilla extract, vanilla seeds and butter and beat until just combined. Spray doughnut cavities with cooking spray or brush with butter.  Fill each donut cup approximately 1/2 full.

Bake 5-8 minutes or until the top of the donuts spring back when touched. Let cool in pan for 4–5 minutes before removing. Finish doughnuts with vanilla glaze. Doughnuts are best served fresh.

Vanilla glaze:

1 cup confectioner’ s sugar
1 tbsp. milk 2 tbsp milk
½ tsp. vanilla extract
4 drops of liquid blue food coloring
White nonpareils

In small bowl, stir together sugar, milk and vanilla extract until sugar is completely dissolved. Add food coloring and stir until color is uniform.  Use immediately to glaze doughnuts.  Sprinkle on nonpareils.

Vanilla Bean Baby Donuts

Note: The vanilla bean glaze was really thick with just 1 tbsp of milk. It was just too difficult to dip and get the glaze on the donut smoothly, so I increased the milk to 2 tbsp.

Anna, Lisa, and Luky – Thank you for a wonderful afternoon!



10 Responses to “Nurses Who Bake”

  1. Lisa March 24, 2011 at 3:14 am #

    hihiii that was so fun! Thank you Ms. Hen in the Kitchen :)

  2. stew March 24, 2011 at 3:28 am #

    some of these pics are so artistic wtf… donuts look amazing

  3. Jackie March 24, 2011 at 4:49 am #

    the donuts looks so pretty and yummy :9

  4. Sammie March 24, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    Awww! Hennie you are making me hungry and drool all over Dr. Chin’s keyboard….Miss you! Sammie

  5. Le April 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Hey Hen!! Everything looks sooo goood!! All of your pictures are amazing too, did you take all these shots? Anyways, I saw the donuts, awesome!! can’t wait to eat them =)

    • A hen in the kitchen April 25, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

      Hi Le! Yes, I did take all the photos. I’ve been trying to learn more about food photography recently. I’m excited to make treats for your baby shower!

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