For me, margaritas bring forth thoughts of warm summer weather and good times with friends. And those are all things that I could use more of lately!
So when I was asked to join a group of bloggers in celebrating National Margarita Day, I headed over to the liquor cabinet to get geared up.
There are all sorts of fun flavors of margaritas out there, but I thought it would be fun to do something really different.
Something that would
give you an excuse to consume tequila before 9am work as breakfast or dessert. Or both. We’re in a judgement free zone here.
These donuts have lime zest running through them, and they’re glazed with a tequila and orange liqueur-laced icing.
They’re also baked instead of fried, and are made with half whole wheat flour, so they’re essentially health food. Breakfast of champions, without a doubt.
I like my margaritas on the rocks with a salted rim, so I decided to give each of these donuts a “salted rim” by sprinkling a pinch of sea salt on top of the glaze before it set. My husband loved that addition. What can I say, the tequila inspired me.
Be sure not to over-mix your donut batter or they’ll be tough and you’ll end up needing a shot of tequila to wash them down. Now that would be a shame, wouldn’t it?
Check out what everyone else contributed to this holiday celebration in the roundup after my recipe below. Cheers!
Margarita Baked Donuts
Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen – Ashley Covelli
For the donuts:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Zest of 1 lime
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup buttermilk
For the glaze:
1 teaspoons tequila
2 teaspoons orange liqueur, such as triple sec
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
Zest of 1 lime
2/3 cup powdered sugar (you may need a little more or less)
Sea salt, for garnish
For the donuts:
Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
Melt butter in a small bowl and set aside to cool. Meanwhile, whisk together flours, baking powder, salt, and lime zest in a large bowl. Set aside.
Whisk sugar, honey, egg, and vanilla into the cooled butter until well combined. Whisk in buttermilk. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and whisk until just combined, being careful not to over-mix.
Pour batter into a piping bag (or zip-top plastic bag with a corner snipped off) and pipe evenly into the pan.
Bake donuts for 7 minutes. Allow to cool 1 minute before turning pan over to remove donuts onto a cooling rack. Let them cool completely – about 15-20 minutes.
For the glaze:
Once the donuts are cool, in a flat-bottomed bowl, whisk together tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and zest until evenly combined. Slowly whisk in powdered sugar, one tablespoon at a time, until smooth. If glaze is too thick, add another splash of tequila. If it is too thin, add in a little more powdered sugar.
Dip the donuts into the glaze, rocking back and forth to evenly coat them on one side, and place back on the cooling rack, iced side up. Repeat if desired, for a thicker coating. Sprinkle the top of each donut with a pinch of sea salt while the glaze is still wet.
Allow glaze to set, about 20 minutes. Serve straight up, down the hatch.
Big Flavors Rating: 4 Stars
Need more margarita action? Check out the roundup below to see what the other National Margarita Day participants came up with. I’d like to think of it as a to-do list of sorts. Bottoms up!!
- Blackberry Margarita from Cooking for My Peace of Mind
- Chili Lime Margarita from Curious Cuisiniere
- Chocolate Margaritas from The Texan New Yorker
- Creamsicle Margaritas from Savvy Eats
- Frozen Mango Margarita from Noshing with the Nolands
- Lilikoi Margarita with Li Hung Mui from The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Margaritas Gone Wild from Delaware Girl Eats
- Mixed Berry Margarita from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
- Mom’s Wicked Margarita from Desserts Required
- Pomegranate Margarita from Daily Dish Recipes
- Spicy Raspberry Frozen Margarita from The Weekend Gourmet
- Tamarind Margaritas from girlichef
- The Great Grapefruit Margarita from La Cocina de Leslie
- Tim G’s Margarita from Sidewalk Shoes
- Baked Margarita Chicken Wings from Healthy. Delicious.
- Chambord Margarita Macarons from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Margarita Cake with Sugar Cookie Crust from Gotta Get Baked
- Margarita Cheesecake Bars from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Margarita Cupcakes from The Foodie Army Wife
- Margarita Donuts from Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
- Margarita Mousse from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Margarita Shrimp from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Margarita Shrimp Tacos from Supper for a Steal
- Strawberry Margarita Sweet Rolls from The Dutch Baker’s Daughter
- Top Shelf (Margarita) Truffles from Culinary Adventures with Camilla