Doughnuts For My Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! Whether you have a special somebody in your life, today is the day to celebrate all lovers out there. We don’t do outrageous things on that day Mr.Tartelette and I, but we do get caught up in all the cutsie cards out there and exchange a couple over the course of the day.

We live down the street from a Krispy Kreme and a Dunkin Donut (I love America!) and when we were driving home from taking mom to the airport yesterday, he turned to me and said “You know that Krispy Kreme came out with a heart donut for Thursday?” Me “Well, that’s nice…” We went back to our thoughts until a couple of minutes later he added “Could you make a copycat if I get you an original to compare?” Me to answer in my best smartie pants tone “If you get an original form the shop, eat it, don’t ask me to make a copycat!” Well, I did anyway, because he is a cool guy! I took out the deep fryer for that and they turned out awesome. He thought they were better than the originals as they did not have that overpowering sugar-oily coating on them.

Well, given the events of last night, I had plenty of time to make one more batch of donuts for our “Time To Make The Doughnuts” round up tomorrow. See, my mother’s flights to Newark then France got cancelled due to bad weather. She got re-routed on another airline through Atlanta. She would have made her connection if the flight out of here had left on time, but they sat on the plane and she got an hour late to Atlanta and no more flight to France. So poor mom found herself stranded overnight in a hotel room by herself. I know she is fine, but she my mom, she’s the bestest and the sweetest in the world….. No change of clothes or toileteries, and a diabetic on a pump. I was screaming in my head!! Her English is allright, she understands faster than she speaks and she has traveled many times but always with my dad or a group. Thankfully she has the kind of personality that makes people be nice and helpful towards her. She has a good aura…

Please, think good thoughts and send good vibes that she gets on that plane this afternoon with all her stuff. When I called my dad last night to tell him, he said “Well, that sucks but the flowers will be ok in water one more day and the bracelet I got her will be here when she get here”. Isn’t that sweet?!! When I spoke to her this morning, the only things she was concerned about is that we had gotten some sleep and found the Valentine card she had left for us. Mom, you are the best! I love you and I hope that you and dad get to spend some quality time together, albeit a day later.

See, Valentine’s day is not only about lovers, it’s about fuzzy feelings, families and just good all around feelings. No, we don’t need a special day to hug somebody but it sure is great to be reminded never to take anybody ir anything for granted. We all need a little bang on the head sometimes. There are some special people I am going to think about today, especially the ones who can’t give or receive that special hug and I will keep them in my thoughts and wish that they find peace of heart and mind.

Copycat Krispy Kreme Donuts:

2 pkgs. yeast
1/4 cup water (105-115 degrees)
1-1/2 cups lukewarm milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup butter
5 cups all-purpose flour vegetable oil

Glaze: 1/3 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
4โ€“6 tbl. hot water
colored sprinkles if desired. I asked the cashier to sell me a half coffee cup full of the ones they use on their heart donuts.

Dissolve yeast in warm water in bowl of your stand mixer. Add milk, salt, eggs, butter and 2 cups flour. Beat on low for 30 seconds with the paddle attachment, scraping the bowl if needed. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in remaining flour and mi untilsmooth until smooth. Cover and let rise until double, about an hour. Turn dough onto floured surface and roll dough 1/2-inch thick. Cut with floured doughnut cutter. Cover and let rise until double, 30-40 minutes. Heat vegetable oil in deep fryer to 350 degrees and fry until golden brown, about 1 minute on each side. Remove from the oil and drain them on paper towels for a minute. Dip the doughnuts into the glaze and set them on cooling racks over paper lined baking sheets (easier to clean up).

Heat butter until melted over medium low heat and remove from the stove. Stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency.





56 responses to “Doughnuts For My Valentine”

  1. Cookie baker Lynn Avatar
    Cookie baker Lynn

    Darling doughnuts! I hope your mom gets home with no more travel snags. She sounds like a sweetheart.

  2. Cheryl Avatar

    Just the sweetest donuts ever. Your husband is one lucky guy.

  3. Anonymous Avatar

    I love your writing! And those doughnuts are just perfect!
    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for your mom. Happy Valentine’s day!

  4. Anonymous Avatar

    Heart donuts, so cute! Your mom’s in my prayers.

  5. Thip Avatar

    I like Krispy Kreme’s doughnuts too, but like you said they’re too sweet. By the way, yours are so cute.

  6. Rosa's Yummy Yums Avatar
    Rosa's Yummy Yums

    Sweet looking doughnuts! Very dainty as well!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!



  7. Anonymous Avatar

    Perfectly festive donuts! Just adorable. Hope your Mom gets home without another snag. Enjoy the sugar, heart shaped goodness of today!

  8. Deborah Avatar

    Your doughnuts look just like the ones from Krispy Kreme!! Perfect!

    I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s day! And I wish a safe travel home for your mom.

  9. Veron Avatar

    Your parents are so sweet to each other. Homemade donuts are better than any store-bought ones and yours are so cute. Happy Valentines!

  10. Anonymous Avatar

    So so sweet!!!

  11. Sweet and Savory Eats Avatar
    Sweet and Savory Eats

    What a heartwarming story (about your parents and the doughnuts). I hope your mom gets home soon — safe and sound.

    I would have thought shaped doughnuts would lose their definition when you fry them, but those are perfect!

  12. Finla Avatar

    Hope your mom get to your dad safe and fast. Isn’t it great that she bought for her flowers.
    Love the heart doughnuts.
    I have to admit here we don’t have any doughnuts place like you have in US. So i guess i will have to make them myself. But am on a diet as hubby is on a diet.

  13. Jade Avatar

    These are adorable! Love them.

  14. Brilynn Avatar

    The hearts turned out so well, who would have thought? (Somehow in my mind, the deep fryer would have made them explode or something…)

  15. Evelin Avatar

    You’ve definitely inherited that good aura of your mother’s:)

    A big and warm hug from me too! And these doughnuts look wonderful!

  16. Anonymous Avatar

    Poor mum! Hope the flight was ok in the end.
    Cute doughnuts!

  17. Anonymous Avatar

    Such beautiful photos!

  18. Anonymous Avatar

    I enjoy your web-site so much!

  19. Laura Avatar

    My valentine as always is my little one and these are definitely the way to her heart!

  20. LyB Avatar

    You’re making me miss my Mom! I hope yours gets home alright and soon! Beautiful post!

  21. Anonymous Avatar

    I love doughnuts but I would have never ever imagine a heart-shaped one. For me this is a piece of art and a great inspiration for next Valentine’s day. If I won’t be too lazy to do them. They must be delicious. And I like this funky red-pink-white topping. Marvellous. Great.

  22. Bron Avatar

    Super sweetheart doughnuts!
    Hope your Mum arrives home to your Dad safely – Happy Valentine’s!

  23. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) Avatar
    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    What a lovely post, and even lovelier doughnuts — I’m going to show the pictures to my husband, and hope that will be almost as good as if I baked the real thing! happy Valentine’s Day to your entire Tartelette family.

  24. Laura Rebecca Avatar
    Laura Rebecca

    I am sending good vibes to your mom right now.

    And you know how I love Krispy Kremes, and your doughnuts are just magnificent!!! I can’t wait to give your recipe a go. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Anonymous Avatar

    Ooh crispy kreme!!! My favorite!

  26. Randi Avatar

    These are totally beautiful! I’ll trade frosting for filling though ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so impressed with the heart shapes!

  27. Unknown Avatar

    Wonderful looking donuts! Happy valentine’s day, Helen!

  28. Anonymous Avatar

    Helen, I’m just blown away by these donuts. They look exactly like Krispy Kreme’s! The only thing is, I bet they taste a whole lot better. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. JEP Avatar

    Those are the best lookin’ Valentine’s Day doughnuts I’ve ever seen!

  30. Susan @ SGCC Avatar
    Susan @ SGCC

    Beautiful doughnuts! I’m a Krispy Kreme fanatic and yours look as good as anything I’ve seen there. I’ll bet they taste even better!

    Very sweet post. I hope your mom gets home without any more trouble.

  31. Peabody Avatar

    Your poor mom.
    How fabulous do those look! They just make me happy looking at them.

  32. Gabi Avatar

    Lovely donuts! I agree about the warm fuzzy feelings and it being okay to celebrate love. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and I hope your mum get’s home in time to enjoy her flowers.

  33. Vineela Avatar

    looks delicious.
    Happy Valentines day

  34. Chris Avatar

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Love the hearts…yummy!

  35. Sabra Avatar

    ugh – posted under the wrong post! Must try these doughnuts! They seem a bit complicated but so so cute!

  36. Jaime Avatar

    those are so cute! happy valentine’s day. i hope your mom made it home safely…

  37. Manggy Avatar

    Those are uncanny and pretty! I think I would be too scared to ask for a cupful of sprinkles, haha ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy Avatar
    Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy

    Not sure what the originals look like (we are (un)fortunately far away from Krispy Kreme) but I can’t imagine them looking better than yours! Adorable.

    I wanted to participate in the Doughnuts event but with World Nutella day and going to Rome last weekend…I couldn’t. ๐Ÿ™ Fail.

    I hope to see some baked doughnuts in the round-up!

  39. Sneige Avatar

    yum yum yum! they look fantastic these hearts!

  40. michelle Avatar

    Those are THE cutest doughnuts!

    Glad that your mom made it home safe.

  41. MyKitchenInHalfCups Avatar

    Lover is a very big word, covers more than some understand. Tell me all is well with your mom. Isn’t it incredible how we can worry about a mom who managed very well to raise us ๐Ÿ˜‰ But they have our hearts and we a need to return the care.
    Copycat, um I would imagine these are very original and much better than the KK!! Beautiful.

  42. Patricia Scarpin Avatar
    Patricia Scarpin

    Adorable, Helen!
    There’s no way Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme can beat your doughnuts, my friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Nemmie Avatar

    Gorgeous – must make these! Glad to hear your mother had a safe trip home, too.

  44. Lis Avatar

    Awww I’m glad she’s home safe and sound now! You’re dad is a sweetie too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I saw this recipe on Recipezaar when I was searching for mine and I was going to make it! I would have so gotten yelled at! hehee

    Happy belated V-day!

  45. Laura Avatar

    I love anything that’s heart shaped and who couldn’t love these? So adorable and a great Valentine’s treat!!

  46. Julie Avatar

    I just love the way you decorated (and shaped) these! I looove sprinkles…used to get donuts just to eat the sprinkles:)

  47. creampuff Avatar

    What a pretty heart! I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day! Even though you weren’t spending it with me …

    The Other Woman

  48. steph- whisk/spoon Avatar
    steph- whisk/spoon

    wow–those copycats are perfect!! hope your mum and her things made it back safe and sound!

  49. La Tartine Gourmande Avatar
    La Tartine Gourmande

    I hope you had a nice celebration!

  50. La Tartine Gourmande Avatar
    La Tartine Gourmande

    And of course, that your mum got home safely. What an adventurous return.

  51. Ginny Avatar

    These doughnuts look amazing! I’m addicted to sprinkles! I was so happy to see you stumbled across my blog. Your blog is the first one I started religiously reading and has given me a lot of inspiration, both in the kitchen and as a new blogger. Thank you for your comments. Happy “slightly belated” Valentine’s Day!

  52. Cakelaw Avatar

    These are the cutest donuts I have ever seen – and I bet that they taste so much better than mass-produced Krispy Kremes.

    Hope your mom got home safely – air travel is often full of nasty surprises.

  53. Sarah Avatar
    Sarah i just made these (not heart-shaped but still…) Yum!

    I’ve eaten four already, you know, to test them…quality control!

  54. Anonymous Avatar

    Dear Helen M

    Please may I use the valentine donut picture for commercial use.

    Please email me back via website link.

    Many Thanks Matt

  55. Helene Avatar

    Hi Matt,
    Thank you for your interest in my picture (which one btw?). What kid of commercial use?
    Please contact me via my email and not through the comment page, thank you.
    marinette1 at comcast dot net

  56. Madeline Avatar

    What a lovely post. I’m going to pretend that Valentine’s Day is in April and make these for my Hubby. They are just too darling to have to wait until next year to make ๐Ÿ™‚

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