Vanilla Raised Doughnuts
According to writer and recipe developer Jess Thomson, who helped Top Pot's owners translate their recipes for the home cook, it's best to weigh flour on a kitchen scale instead of using measuring cups. "When we tested the recipes for the book, that seemed to make a big difference," she says. More Doughnut Recipes
Cranberry Sugar Total: 5 min. In a mini food processor, combine 1/4 cup dried cranberries with 1/2 cup sugar and pulse until the sugar is pink and the cranberries are minced. Add another 1/2 cup sugar and pulse to combine.
Mint Sugar Total: 2 hr. In a mini food processor, pulse 1/2 cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves with 1/2 cup sugar until the sugar is bright green. Add another 1/2 cup sugar and, if desired, a few drops of peppermint oil and pulse to combine. Spread the sugar on a large plate and let dry at room temperature for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Return the sugar to the food processor and pulse 2 or 3 times before using.
Vanilla Sugar Total: 5 min. In a mini food processor, pulse 1 cup sugar with the scraped seeds from 1/2 of a vanilla bean, just until the vanilla is evenly dispersed.