Move over the classic glaze, there’s a new player on Instagram Source: stu_spivack/Flickr
From rainbows to sushi, donuts seem to be an extremely versatile treat if you’re looking to bust your creative chops. Forget sprinklers that take you back to your childhood, bakers the world over are going crazy making the galaxy donut. Yes, the donut glaze gets a celestial makeover this time, featuring a smattering of stars in all sorts of colours and patterns. Also referred to as “Nebula doughnuts”, these starry delights have quickly found favour with Instagram foodies who, until now were obsessed with all things rainbow. The galaxy trend isn’t new; there have been appearances in fashion a few years ago with stardust patterned dresses and the like. But someone got a brainwave and adapted the trend to everyone’s favourite snack.
Making the star-studded glaze takes a bit of finesse with food colour and edible glitter, and if you’ve got your icing basics right, whipping up a batch (using store-brought doughnuts or homemade variants) isn’t too much of a task. In fact, San Murphy, an Instagrammer has created a vegan recipe for these doughnuts which has captured many a heart and inspired several home-bakers and bloggers to create their own versions. Murphy cautions about the prep being the most crucial step to this icing – you need to have an understanding of the right colours and their saturation. Once that is taken care of, all you need to do is play around with different food dyes in a bowl of icing, swirl with spoon or toothpick to make patterns and dip your doughnut into the icing. A dusting with edible glitter or confectioners’ sugar completes this nebulous creation.
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💫💫 Vegan Galaxy Donuts ✨✨This is as far as my procrastination took me today – making galactic treats for my sick boyfriend 😷) Simple Donut Recipe: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup raw cane sugar 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp nutmeg pinch of cinnamon 1/2 cup soy milk 1 tsp apple cider vinegar 1 tsp pure vanilla extract with seeds 1 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tbsp water 1/4 cup vegan margarine (Nuttelex or Earthbalance) 1. Preheat the oven to 180 and grease a donut tray. 2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. 3. Mix together the soy milk and apple cider vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes until it thickens. 4. In a small saucepan, melt the soy milk, vanilla, flaxseed (the egg replacer) and margarine over a low heat until the butter has just melted (Do not let it boil/simmer) 5. Combine both wet and dry ingredients until a soft dough forms. 6. Using a teaspoon, spoon the mixture evenly into the donut holes, flattening out with your finger for best results. 7. Bake for 12 minutes. They are done once they have firmed up and a toothpick comes out clean (they don't need to 'brown') 8. Pop them out of the moulds and then allow to cool completely before icing. GALAXY ICING: 2-3 tbsp melted coconut oil 2-3 tbsp soy milk 1 2/3 – 2 cups powdered sugar Vegan natural food dye (Red and Blue) 1. Whisk together the melted coconut oil and soy milk and slowly begin to whisk in the powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. Adjust liquids if you need to. 2. To achieve the 'galaxy' effect: (This is quite hard to explain, but if you've ever done marbling as a kid using coloured dye it is essentially the same thing) 3. Using small separate bowls I worked with a little bit of icing at a time and I simply dispersed drops of vegan friendly food dye around the white icing, swirling with a spoon. Adjust the colours/saturation as you'd like. 4. Simply dip and twirl a donut halfway into the icing and gently slide it out and you'll get that 'galaxy effect' 😉 5. Dusted with vegan edible food glitter. Inspired by @h.rebel ✨