Ahhhh, summer. What’s not to love? After the frenzied and fast pace of the school year, leisurely mornings are something I savor in the summertime. I love the peaceful, quiet stillness early in the morning while my children are still slumbering in their beds, exhausted from spending the previous afternoon splashing at the pool.
If you’re a parent, summertime is the perfect opportunity to teach your children how to do more in the kitchen. One of the things I love to do most is make breakfast with my son. He’s my early riser and usually the first to ask if we can make something for breakfast. Music to my ears! Still rubbing the sleep from his eyes, he ruffles through a cookbook or two and then settles on a recipe. I quickly scan the list of ingredients to make sure we have everything on hand and we get started. True, we’ve had to shelve a few ambitious projects for later – like these chocolate chip brioche pretzels from Smitten Kitchen – but for the most part, we’ve had many successes. We’ve made dutch baby pancakes, beignets, and more recently, these french breakfast donuts that were to die for (and conveniently bookmarked on my iPhone). I love the special time with him, and what’s more, he’s really learning how to cook!
During the school year I’m pretty strict about what my kids have for breakfast. We go for high protein and whole grains. No sugary cereals, and definitely not donuts. But in the summer, I’m a little more chilled out. Besides, these donuts couldn’t be easier to make. My son had the batter mixed up in 10 minutes, max. And here’s the good news – they are baked! Read that to mean they are healthier for you. And the best part? They’re every bit as good. Trust me, we’re talking melt-in-your-mouth goodness here.