As a child of immigrant parents, I grew up fascinated by classic Americana motifs. My family may not have celebrated Fourth of July if it weren’t for my annual neighborhood block party, but I love our national holiday for the opportunity to dress up in red, white and blue, munch on flag-bearing cakes, and watch all the fireworks. Don’t get me wrong; I love my Taiwanese heritage, but I embrace the fact that I’m an American as well. This Fourth of July, I want to incorporate some festive patriotism in one of my favorite treats: donuts! Read on to learn how to make this grand ol’ dessert.

Ingredients:

Makes 10 donuts

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

Instructions:

Baking the donuts

1. Combine butter, oil, and sugar together in a medium bowl. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk to combine.

2. In another bowl, stir together flours, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and nutmeg. Stir half the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, then stir in buttermilk. Add the rest of the flour mixture and mix. The batter will be thick.

3. Spoon batter into a greased donut pan. Bake for 7-9 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Frosting your donuts

1. Melt a tub of vanilla frosting in the microwave to make a glaze. Divide the glaze in three bowls. Add drops of blue food coloring in one bowl and red food coloring in another bowl. Mix to dye glaze.

2. In a shallow dish, spoon glaze in red, white, and blue stripes.

3. Dip donuts in glaze and set on parchment paper for glaze to set.

Combine butter, oil, and sugar together in a medium bowl. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk to combine.

In another bowl, stir together flours, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and nutmeg.

Stir half the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, then stir in buttermilk. Add the rest of the flour mixture and mix. The batter will be thick.

Spoon batter into a greased donut pan. Bake for 7-9 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

While your donuts are cooling, make the glaze. Melt a tub of vanilla frosting in the microwave. Divide the glaze in three bowls. Add drops of blue food coloring in one bowl and red food coloring in another bowl. Mix to dye glaze.

In a shallow dish, spoon glaze in red, white, and blue stripes. Dip donuts in glaze and set on parchment paper for glaze to set.

Time to paint the town red, white, and blue!

As Uncle Sam would say, “I want YOU!”

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DIY Production and Styling: Irene Lee
 Photography: Brittany Griffin