How To Make Donuts In The Microwave

How To Make Donuts In The Microwave

If you’ve been on social media in the last year, you’ve probably encountered enticing, single-serving, microwave recipes for brownies, cakes and other desserts. They usually look amazing and always promise to be fast and easy.  I went to baking school, but I still became temporarily obsessed with the idea of making my favorite desserts in minutes in the microwave.  I tried several of the recipes and they we’re mostly satisfactory, if not stellar.

Throughout this quick-fix phase, I pondered how I could make a satisfying donut in the microwave.  I tweaked and tested recipes until I came up with a microwave cake that tasted similar to a chocolate cake donut.  Coming up with the recipe was the easy part.  Making a donut out of it was another matter.

I played with thicker batters piped in the shape of donuts.  That didn’t work.  The batter fused together in what was supposed to be the hole.  Plus, the cake was too dry from having to add extra flour.  I knew I had to find a way to stick to the recipe I liked, yet still create a donut shape.

Having no luck, I decided to drink my troubles away.  I was pouring bourbon into a shot glass to make a Manhattan.  The answer was in my hand.  I took the shot glass and rested it in a glass cereal bowl.   There it was… a donut mold.

I whipped up another batch of the cake batter, greased my makeshift mold and gave it a try.  It worked!  I realized on subsequent attempts that works best if the shot glass is right-side-up in the bowl with the smallest part of the glass touching the bowl.

Holding A Microwave Donut

In a reality, these donuts are just cakes in funny shapes.  But isn’t that what donuts are?  They need icing to make them really feel like donuts.  Without icing, they look kind of like sad, little, porous Bundt cakes.  But once you add icing, you get the donut experience.  At least, you get the best donut experience you can get in a couple of minutes from your microwave.

They’re not quite as good as a real donut.  But I would suggest that nothing is quite as good as real donut… except maybe bacon.  But for a quick fix, these are terrific.

Everything you need to know is on the recipe card above, but I’ll go into detail below in case you want further explanation on those purposefully simplistic instructions.

Making Microwave Donuts

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Bacon Cheddar Oatmeal?

Bacon Cheddar Steel-Cut Oatmeal With Fried Egg

The idea of savory oatmeal might sound weird to people used to sweetened packets of oatmeal or simple Old Fashioned oats with brown sugar, etc.  If done wrong, savory oatmeal is weird.  If you use the right oats and treat them like rice or other grains associated with savory dishes, the result is pretty cool.

This post started when I tested a recipe submitted to the site called Billbo’s Cheddar Oatmeal.  It received a handful of positive comments and I wanted to try it for myself.

Ingredients For Cheddar Oatmeal

The ingredients were super simple: Old Fashioned oats, milk, cheese and sugar.   It’s a microwave recipe that takes only 2 minutes.

Cheddar Oatmeal

The recipe worked and I understood why some people liked it.  Unfortunately, I personally didn’t like it that much.  My mental association of Old Fashioned oats with sweet ingredients is very strong and it took a few spoonfuls to accept that I was eating something savory.

As I was trying it, my overriding thought was that it would be better with steel-cut oats. Steel-cut oats have a firmer, rice-like texture. That kind of texture makes more sense in a savoy dish than the mushy texture you get from Old Fashioned or quick cooking oats.

From experience, I know that steel-cut oatmeal always benefits from the savory flavors of butter and salt. It seemed totally feasibly that they would get along with cheese.

I also thought… as I always do… that the dish would be better with bacon… which everything always is.

So I set out to experiment with steel-cut oats, hoping to achieve something that would transcend oatmeal as we commonly know it.

Ingredients For Bacon Cheddar Oatmeal

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A Week Of Oatmeal And Smoothies

A big part of my job as Mr Breakfast is testing recipes that people have submitted to the site over the years.  I love it, but I often find my diet confined to 4 major food groups: eggs, cheese, pancakes and bacon.

Every now and then, I need to hit the reset button on my nutritional intake.  As a rule, I try to squeeze a healthy breakfast of whole grains and fruit between each indulgent breakfast.  But sometimes you’ll read a post here about donuts. That usually means I had a few consecutive mornings of overindulgence.  Such was the case recently.

To get back on track, I spent last week having a different kind of oatmeal and smoothie every morning.  I chose 14 recipes from the site that I’d hadn’t tested yet.  I tried to create a menu with a wide range of flavors so the week would be exciting and fun (words not always associated with oatmeal).

A Week Of Oatmeal And Smoothies

It was a great week. I was reminded that oatmeal doesn’t need to be boring or routine.   My beliefs about smoothies being amazing… totally reaffirmed.  Who doesn’t love a recipe whose only instructions are to throw everything in a blender.  I feel energized, a little leaner and ready to take on the deliciously difficult task of having to eat omelets and pancakes this week.

Take a look at my menu.  Hopefully, you’ll find a recipe or two you might like to try.



Key Lime Pie Oatmeal

Key Lime Pie Oatmeal – This steel-cut oatmeal dish tastes a lot like key lime pie because it contains many of the same ingredients including fresh lime juice and crumbled graham cracker.

Honey Banana Breakfast Shake

Honey Banana Breakfast Shake – This is a very basic fruit smoothie featuring bananas, strawberries and noticeable notes of honey.



Brian's Banana Oatmeal

Banana Honey Flax Oatmeal – This recipe uses Old Fashioned oats and gets its flavor from bananas and honey with a nutrition boost from ground flax seeds.

Choco-Peanut Banana Shake

Choco-Peanut Banana Shake – Three great tastes that taste great together!  This smoothie contains peanut butter and cocoa powder. The flavor might remind you of a shake you’d have for dessert.  Wheat germ adds extra nutrition.



Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Oatmeal

Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Oatmeal – A couple of tablespoons of Nutella adds chocolate flavor to these Old Fashioned oats.  A few chocolate chips add even more!

Cinnamon Smoothie

Cinnamon Smoothie – This smoothie has a little of everything: banana, raspberries, blueberries, orange juice, vanilla, etc.  A pinch of cinnamon gives this one an almost candy-like essence.

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Lemon Curd: The Best Food With The Worst Name

Two Kinds Of Homemade Lemon Curd

It’s lemony, sweet and delicious.  It’s easy to make and goes with just about anything.  But what’s up with that name… Lemon Curd.  I like the “lemon” part, but a “curd” is something I expect to find in cottage cheese.  I don’t even like when “curd” is used to describe pieces of a scrambled egg.   Maybe it’s because it rhymes with “turd” or that the letters so easily rearrange to spell “crud”.  It’s definitely not a great word to describe the lemony, smooth, flavorful, custard-like spread that’s so easy to love.

I’ve been experimenting a lot with lemon curd lately.  I’ve made a couple of homemade versions, including one that’s prepared in the microwave.  In all cases, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, eggs and butter are combined and gently cooked until you suddenly have a beautifully thick substance.

In recent days, I’ve had lemon curd on pancakes, in pancakes, on toast, on English muffins, as part of a fruit parfait, as a filling for pastries and that’s just for starters.  Anything you might use jam for, you can use lemon curd instead.

Expensive Lemon Curd From A Store

In grocery and specially stores, jars of lemon curd often cost more than five dollars.  By my estimate, it costs about 80 cents to make it at home.  It was even cheaper for me because of where I live.  A lot of my neighbors have lemon trees and it’s not uncommon to see a basket of lemons on someone’s sidewalk with a sign that says, “Free Lemons.”  I grabbed about a dozen free lemons last week and, as you’ll see from the variety of recipes that follow, I went a little lemon-loco.

As they say, a rose by any other name smells just as sweet.  So it is that lemon curd by any other name tastes just as sweet, although a new name would probably be more descriptive.  Here’s a selection of recipes for lemon curd and recipes that use lemon curd… or as I’m calling it now… Lemon Delight, or Lemon Magic… how about Lemon Ecstasy.  On second thought, those all sound names you’d find at the medical marijuana store.  Anyway, here’s some Lemon Curd recipes I hope you’ll like.

Homemade Lemon Curd Recipe

Homemade Lemon Curd

I swear by this recipe.  I’d put a jar of this against the store-bought stuff any day.  It requires only 4 ingredients (if you count lemon zest and lemon juice as one) and takes only 15 or 20 minutes to make.

Microwave Lemon Curd Recipe

Microwave Lemon Curd

Do yourself a favor and make the recipe right before this one.  This is a weird case where a microwave version of a recipe actually takes longer than the stove top version.  It was rewarding to know I could make lemon curd this way, but it wasn’t as rewarding for my mouth when compared to the traditional preparation method.

Lemon Pancake With Lemon Curd

Lemon Pancakes Topped With Whipped Cream & Lemon Curd

If you want pancakes with big lemon flavor, put lemon zest and lemon juice in the batter and then top them with some lemon curd.  Of coarse, you could top any kind of pancakes with the good stuff, but why not go crazy.  As the saying goes… when life give you lemons, make lemon curd and lemon pancakes.

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Celebrating The Birth Of Elvis… With Grits

Sweet Breakfast Grits

Happy Birthday Elvis Presley!  Born in 1935, this year he would have been 79 years old.  Every January 8th, I like to make one of Elvis’ favorite foods to celebrate.  Last year, I made his famous fried breakfast sandwich with peanut butter, bacon and banana.  To celebrate this year, I decided to make Sweet Breakfast Grits.

Happy Birthday Elvis Presley!

I found a really fun book in the bargain section of Barnes & Noble called Are You Hungry Tonight? compiled by Brenda Arlene Butler. It’s an eclectic mix of Elvis’ favorite foods – everything from Sausage Spoon Bread to Chicken ala King.  There’s only 7 breakfast recipes in the book, but it’s a great read for Elvis fans who love to cook.

Are You Hungry Tonight?

The book claims that Elvis’ mother used to make him grits and speculates that grits were probably included in his earliest memories of solid food.  Another book, The Life And Cuisine Of Elvis Presley by David Adler, reveals that Elvis enjoyed grits for breakfast in his later years along with 6-egg omelets and burnt bacon by the pound.  Today, we’ll just concentrate on the grits.

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Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal (Fast Food Redux)

Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal

In this post, I’m recreating Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal from Jack In The Box. They charged me $2.49 per serving at the restaurant.  I calculate the price to make it at home to be about $0.60 per serving.  Their version tastes good.  I’m fairly confident that my version tastes better.

Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal From Jack In The Box

When you order this oatmeal from Jack In The Box, the first thing you’ll notice is that it’s not so much a serving of oatmeal as it is an oatmeal kit.

Jack In The Box Oatmeal Kit

When you open the bowl of oats, you might be dismayed to find that it’s barely half full.  It may also be disheartening to discover their “blueberry blend” is a combination of blueberries and raisins.

Not Much Oatmeal

When you assemble the oatmeal, the result is visually pleasing and the taste is actually quite nice. The flavor is vaguely reminiscent of a blueberry muffin. All in all, I liked their oatmeal, but there wasn’t much of it and it left me wanting more.

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Eggnog For Breakfast: 7 Holiday Recipes

Eggnog For Breakfast

In this era of extreme political correctness, one is never sure when it’s okay to say “Merry Christmas” versus “Happy Holidays”.  Thankfully, there is one holiday greeting we can all agree on… Joyous Eggnog Season! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

I always get excited when my local grocery stores start stocking eggnog in late fall.  That first swig of the year is liquid magic.  The creamy, rich taste of the holidays puts a smile on my face.  And you should see how happy I look when I add brandy.

When it comes to cooking with eggnog, we become like Santa Claus in the the kitchen.  You know those cartoons where he wrinkles his nose and a regular space becomes a holiday wonderland?  That’s what eggnog does to ordinary recipes.  It’s like adding a pinch of Christmas to whatever you’re making.  In most cases, all you need to do is replace the milk in a recipe with eggnog.

These are some of my favorite breakfast recipes that use eggnog as a key component.

Have a very Joyous Eggnog Season!

Eggnog Panccakes

Eggnog Pancakes – This is a recipe is for making pancakes from scratch. They come out very flavorful and surprisingly fluffy considering eggnog’s thicker-than-milk consistency.

Here’s a quick tip: You can take commercial pancake mixes and replace the milk or water in the instructions with eggnog…. Easy Eggnog Pancakes!

Eggnog Smoothe

Eggnog Smoothie – Blending eggnog with a banana (or other fruit of choice)  is a fun way to turn an indulgent holiday treat into a (mostly) healthy holiday treat.  Add a shot of rum or brandy and it’s even more fun!

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A Taste Of The Holidays In Puerto Vallarta

Mr Breakfast In Puerto Vallarta

Last month, I had the great pleasure to conduct a cooking demo at a resort called Villa La Estancia just north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in Nuevo Vallarta. On the breakfast menu that morning: Pumpkin Waffle Maker French Toast, Spicy Pecan-Encrusted Bacon and a healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie.  In this post, I’ll show you the seasonal dishes I made and share a little about my trip to one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.

Mr Breakfast Cooking Demo

I started the demo with my Pumpkin French Toast.  You can get the recipe here.  Since we were just coming off of Halloween and it was the official start of the holiday cooking season, it felt appropriate to share this fantastic dish.

Pumpkin French Toast

I was excited to show the guests, staff and a handful of reporters that you can take almost any French toast recipe and cook it in a waffle iron.  This is one of my favorite breakfast tricks.

French Toast In A Waffle Iron

We needed something to go on the side of the French toast so I opted to demonstrate Sweet & Spicy Pecan Bacon.  You can get the recipe here.  It’s very easy to do.  The amazing chef at Villa La Estancia, Sergio, liked it so much he’s considering adding it to their permanent breakfast menu.

Sweet & Spicy Pecan Bacon

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