Saturday, 17 December 2011

Weekend Cooking: No Calorie Doughnuts


This is the best Christmas baking I have done in years.  No calories, no dishes nor pans to wash up.  And they last.  So why am I crocheting these little darlings.  My dear nephew passed away July 4, 2011.  From the time he was a little guy, he loved sprinkle doughnuts.  If you wanted to surprise him, you brought one, if you wanted to divert him, you brought a doughnut, if for (insert reason here), you brought a doughnut.  He also enjoyed sharing them with his siblings and young cousins when they arrived.  As he got older, he didn't lose his appreciation for this bakery delight.  In memory of him, I have been making these treats.

Two of these have been mailed to family in New Zealand to hang on their trees.  I have one on my tree and am busy stitching baking up more. 

The pattern is free from Red Heart yarns and if you know how to do simple crochet you can bake up a dozen as well.  As for the beads, the tiny seed beads I used on the one, are just too small.  I have bought a tube of larger ones, does size 3/0 mean anything, they are about 2mm in thickness.

Any reader who leaves a comment to this post, will be entered for a chance to win a sweet treat of a couple of these doughnuts.  I'll close the contest some time after the 25th.  International entries welcome.  I'd appreciate if you become a follower, but not required.  Do tell me about your favourite doughnut or sweet treat as part of your entry.

If you are set to 'no reply' be sure to leave your contact info in your comment so that I can contact you. 

For more foodie fun, be sure to visit Beth Fish Reads for her Weekend Cooking post.  You are invited to add your recent food related post.

25 comments:

Vicki said...

What a great tribute to your nephew!! They are adorable!!

Scott at the Blue Nickel said...

gah.......totally cool little doughnuts!! my favorite donut has got to be apple fritter....or a cream cheese frosted pershing (sp?)
thanks for the chance!

Peggy@Peggy Ann's Post said...

These are so cute and such a sweet story to go with the. I love doughnuts too. White creamed filled are my favorites and we have a family run doughnut shop in town that has been in business for something like 70 years, Orams. They even got a mention in a movie made in Pittsburgh PA. recently. They are huge and the best cream I have tasted. Their specialty is a huge Cinnamon roll that is referred to as a 'sinker' eat one of them and you don't need to eat all day. provided a link to their site above:)
peggyherself at gmail dot com

Beth F said...

OMG those are most wonderful ornaments and a most wonderful tribute. I am so boring when it comes to donuts -- my very favorites are plain glazed ones. Yummmm.

What a generous giveaway. I'd love a chance.

Memory said...

What a nice tribute. Those wee doughnuts are adorable.

I'm with your nephew: I like sprinkles best. The vanilla dip with sprinkles from Robins Donuts brings me great joy.

Literate Housewife said...

They're gorgeous! I am going to have to give them a try. Thank ls so much for the giveaway. Crossing my fingers.

JoAnn said...

These are adorable, and a very special way to honor your nephew's memory. Can't decide whether chocolate glazed or peanut is my favorite doughnut... it's been ages since I've had either.

Marie said...

I love tree ornaments that are out of the ordinary. These are fantastic! Much better for my hips.

free indeed said...

What a wonderful remembrance for your little nephew. I'm sure those donuts will be hung with a hug and prayer for him and family.
I love yeast raised donuts best; my next would be the cream filled maple frosted...I eat it with a fork!
I'm a follower.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I agree with Vicki, wonderful tribute.

Kate said...

I love your donuts. I think I need some for my tree too. I am not great at crochet, but maybe I will give it a try.
My son has always love sprinkle donuts. He is a man now, so I expect her doesn't eat them much in public any more, but I know I can still get a smile out of him by giving him a sprinkle donut.

Alex said...

I am so sorry about your nephew and what an interesting way to remember him at the holidays, a very difficult time, I'm sure.
I would definitely like to be entered into your sweet treat giveaway.

....Petty Witter said...

They aren't real? They are crochet? I honestly had to look twice and was thinking well those wouldn't last long on our tree. What a great giveaway and even more special because every Christmas I'd be reminded of you and this post.

joan said...

hi love your crochet doughnuts, the link to your blog was passed on from Petty Witter, and i'm so glad,,I'm a crochetholic, great giveaway

Uniflame said...

They are so cute! I thought they were real at first and I was even wondering how you would be able to send them out ;)

Nan said...

Oh, Heather I am so very sorry.

Dorte H said...

What a great way to remember your nephew!

Anonymous said...

Love those doughnuts, Alex would like them too, but he would prefer the real thing

Miri said...

LOL! Great calorie free donuts!

Amy said...

I'm sorry to hear that your nephew passed away but what a great way to remember him. They are beautiful and to be treasured for sure.

Trish said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your nephew but what a beautiful way to remember him!! I don't know how to crochet so I really admire these (sewing machine is less scary than needles!). ;)

Happy Christmas Heather.

Darla D said...

Those are SO cute! I am going to try to make them, too. Thanks for linking to the pattern.

Karen said...

What a sweet way to remember your nephew (in every sense of the word). They look good enough to eat. My favourite doughnuts are the old-fashioned kind my Gram made. I have her recipe and when my kids were little and Nana came to visit, we always made a batch. Funny how food connects so easily to our memories!

Anya said...

What a wonderful way to keep the memory of your nephew!

Heather said...

The Contest is now closed. Thank-you to those who stopped by a for a bite and left a comment. Winner to be announced in the January 10, 2012 post.