How do you know when the man you choose to marry will be an amazing father? Can you tell by the way he cares for you? By the way he treats young nieces and nephews? By the excited frenzy of baby gear shopping, and intense focus on picking out just the right stroller?
The truth is, you don’t know.
You won’t know.
You won’t know, until the hazy halo of happiness from the first weeks of parenthood turn into the sleepless haze of exhausted months, when the baby between you means more to him than anything else in his life.
You’ll know when he comes home to a cacophany of overjoyed shouts, “Daddy!!!!” feet stomping down the stairs, doggie paws skedaddling over the hardwood floors, little arms twisting around his waist.
When you end up in the ER after an emergency at school, and he exudes quiet strength for your little girl, and for you.
When he makes it a priority to be at every open house, every back to school night, each recital, the games, the dances. And when he is devastated when work prevents him from being at Doughnuts for Dads.
When he cuddles before bed with them. When Reading Time is, it turns out, more like chatting time. And tickle time. Or wrestling time.
When you realize that you can’t live without your partner in parenting and trust that you both have what it takes to make it through the teen years around the corner.
This year, he was so intent on being there for the children’s Doughnuts for Dads day at school – only to miss it once again when my son came down with a terrible tummy bug. So I decided to do our own doughnuts for dads here at home.
Father’s Day is coming up and I can’t help but become nostalgic and grateful for the man I married. He was the one for me, and without question, is the one for our children. He has been an amazing father, always thinking of them first, and I see how devoted the children are too him, in their playful ways.
We had a delicious time making this once-in-a-blue-moon treat! Nutella Filled Mini Doughnuts are yeasty delights, to make and to eat. Roll out the aromatic orange-cinnamon dough, and fill it with a teensy bit of extra love: Nutella. Sprinkled with cinnamon sugar on the outside, these doughnuts were made with love for the best dad we know. I hope the dads in your life love it, too.
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Nutella Filled Mini Doughnuts
Doughnuts are a rare treat in our house, so when we make them, it's a family affair. I love the cinnamon and orange scented dough, and just a touch of sweetness from the chocolate hazelnut Nutella - it's a little bite of delight, for sure.
3 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
3 cups bread flour
3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
zest of 1 orange
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Nutella, for filling
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attatchment, stir together the yeast and milk on low speed for about 3 minutes. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, salt, cinnamon, orange zest and add it to the milk with yeast. Mix until it is just combined. Add the egg and vanilla and mix for a few seconds, then add the butter, mixing thoroughly. Increase the mixer speed to medium speed and let it mix for about 4-6 minutes until it become a ball. The dough will be smooth and tacky.
Take the dough out of the mxing bowl and work it into a ball. Place in a large greased bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap and let it rise in warm spot until it is nearly triple in size. How long it takes to rise will depend on the environment - I found that it took me about 1 hour, but it may be less or more for you, so plan accordingly! The dough should still be springy when you press it with your finger. If not, give it more time. And if it collapses then you may have proofed too long.
Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and gently roll the dough with a rolling pin to about 1/2 inch theck. Cut the dough using 2 inch rounds.
Heat oil in a deep fryer or skillet to 350 degrees F. Stir together cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and set aside. Drop in the doughnuts, working in batches. Fry for about 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the doughnuts onto a tray lined with paper towels, then drop them while still hot into cinnamon sugar. Poke a hole into the doughnut and continue until all doughnut are cooked.
Before serving, pipe in a little bit of Nutella into the doughnuts using a pastry bag and tip. Serve immediately.
Adapted from Basic Berliner, Glazed, Filled, Sugared & Dipped, by Stephen Collucci (Clarkson Potter, 2013).