Creme Fraiche Doughnuts + Vermont Creamery Giveaway

Creme Fraiche Doughnuts // Not Without Salt

Before we can begin to talk about doughnuts I have to tell you all something: It’s 1/2 cup flour.

For many of you that makes absolutely no sense, for those who preordered the book and attempted to make the Gougeres, I am so sorry.

Yes, I forgot to include the flour amount in a recipe for the Holi-date PDF. This is why the book has a fabulous editor (hi, Kristen!). There’s a new, updated PDF. I’ll be sending the link out to those who have already signed up very shortly. If you haven’t preordered and have no idea what I’m talking about, check out this post. If you do preorder and download the PDF you’ll indeed have the amount of flour needed to make all the recipes! How novel.

Again, sorry about the mistake. But a real, hearty bear-hug thanks to all of you who have preordered. You put me at #3 in the Seasonal Cookbooks on Amazon for a brief moment and that moment made me sob on my computer. There’s still time to preorder! Remember, five bonus recipes (with photos!) if you do!!

Last time we talked about the book I told you about my nightmares of beige on beige. Guess what guys, no more nightmares! I have the book in my hands and it’s the stuff of dreams. Want to have a quick peak?

I’m going to assume you all said a resounding, YES!

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I’m real happy with it. Like giddy, it hasn’t left my side, “is this real?!”, happy.

I’m also happy with doughnuts (I could host the Today show with a segue like that).

Vermont Creamery gave me the task of using crème fraîche in a recipe. This was a simple task for me since crème fraîche is a very regular member of my fridge family.

It wasn’t shortly after I got the assignment that my mind went to doughnuts because, well, my mind often goes to doughnuts (remember these?).

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The recipe was adapted from one I found on I went into this particular recipe expecting more of a cake doughnut but what came from the fryer was very much an old fashioned; craggy top, deep crevices, crisp dark golden exterior with a tender and sweet interior. To that I add a browned butter glaze that is sweet, nutty and a touch salty.

Have you browned butter before? If you’ve been here long you probably have because I’m a big fan (see also the brownies in my book). You melt the butter in a pan until the milk solids separate and caramelize on the bottom of the pan. The butter is sufficiently browned when you get a waft of a deep nuttiness and when you gently swirl the butter you can see the color change of the milk solids. If you simply used melted butter in this glaze the magic would be lost.

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To celebrate crème fraîche, Vermont Creamery is hosting a pretty fabulous giveaway. Check out their site to find out more, enter and click around on some of the other recipes from fellow bloggers, like this Kobocha, sage and crème fraîche pappardelle from Two Red Bowls.

*This post was sponsored by Vermont Creamery but the recipe, photos, and love of crème fraîche are all mine.


Crème Fraîche Doughnuts with Salted Browned Butter Glaze


adapted from


3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup melted unsalted butter, cooled briefly

1 cup/ 8 ounces crème fraîche


4 ounces/1 stick butter

3 cups powdered sugar

pinch salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4-5 tablespoons warm milk

flake salt

For the doughnuts: Whisk the first 5 ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat sugar and eggs in large bowl until very thick, about 3 minutes. Beat in lemon peel and vanilla. Gradually beat in butter; beat in crème fraîche in 2 additions. Gently fold in dry ingredients in 4 additions (dough will be slightly sticky). Cover; set aside 1 hour.

Sprinkle 2 rimmed baking sheets lightly with flour. Press out the dough on lightly floured surface to 2/3-inch thickness. Using 2 1/2-inch-diameter round cutter, cut out dough rounds. Arrange on floured sheets. Repeat with remaining dough in 2 more batches. Gather all dough scraps. Press out dough; cut out more dough rounds until all dough is used.

Using 1-inch-diameter round cutter, cut out center of each dough round to make doughnuts and doughnut holes.

Set wire racks over two baking sheets. Pour oil into large deep skillet to depth of 1 1/2 inches. Heat oil to 365°F to 370°F. Fry doughnut holes in 2 batches until deep brown, turning once, about 2 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to wire racks. Fry doughnuts, 3 or 4 at a time, until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Using slotted spoon, transfer doughnuts to wire racks.

For the glaze: Add the butter to a small skillet set over medium heat. Bring the butter to a boil, watching it very closely. Swirl the skillet carefully, if you see golden bits at the bottom of the pan you are done browning the butter. It will smell nutty too. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes.

Add the powdered sugar, salt and vanilla extract to a medium bowl. Slowly pour in the browned butter while whisking. Add enough milk to make a pourable glaze.

Spoon the glaze over the doughnuts while they are still just warm. Finish with flake salt.

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Date Night In: Pre-Order!

Date Night In // Not Without Salt


photos by Boone Rodriguez

I had a dream the other night, a nightmare really, about seeing my book for the first time. I ripped into its yellow parcel pouch with the same enthusiasm as my four-year-old at Christmas. I flipped over the cover so I could take in the culmination of three years worth of work but inside I found hideous beige and fabric textured paper with a similarly beige font. Instantly any hope I had of people actually reading the book were dashed. They made a last minute change to divide the book by meals which made no sense for a date night book (let’s just say the breakfast chapter was very lacking) and there was one whole section dedicated to the fried chicken and biscuit sandwich (maybe that’s not so bad after all). The narratives were tucked in the back like an afterthought and the images were small and often distorted.

The rest of the night I lay there trying to convince a very nervous and anxious self that “it was just a bad dream. They wouldn’t really print beige-on-beige. Go back to sleep.”

It feels surreal to be at this place. Less than two months from the pub date, I mean. It seems like I’m the only one who feels like this time has flown by. Perhaps that’s because I’ve been deep in the process of actually creating it as I’ve watched the due dates come and go and poured myself into the project every step of the way. So much so that while I’m absolutely thrilled to finally be able to share it with you all, I’m also a bit terrified.

You may have noticed a lull here over the past couple of years. Those of you who have been reading the site for years may have noticed posts that were a bit more light, quick and airy. I’m still proud of those posts and stand by the recipes they served but I tried real hard to save all of myself for the book. I wanted to stand at the point where I am at today and say, “I am damn proud of this book.” And guess what guys, I am really damn proud of this book.

I have tears in my eyes as I write that because I am so happy with how true that statement is and I also know how hard it is for me to say that about anything I create.

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I’m proud of this book for many reasons; the food is ridiculous (I’m convinced that the Salted Chocolate Pecan Ice Cream Pie with Bourbon Butterscotch and Pretzel Crust is worth the cost of the book alone) the photos make the food look as good as it tasted, and this book was created by a village. But what makes me the most proud is that this book is about so much more than the food. As much as I love food what I really love is what happens around the table and what happened around our table last year gave us the absolute best year of our marriage.

Side note: Writing a book about date nights is the best accountability to actually having a weekly date night. I highly recommend it.

A couple weeks ago I was speaking at a Food Blogger’s conference about being vulnerable on the blog; the importance of that and why I do it. Inevitably the book came up because this book is quite possibly the most vulnerable I have ever been. Tears streamed down my face as I stood up on stage and told the audience about this project. I found myself anticipating the question of “why do it if it makes you so scared?”

This is what I told them; “I’m terrified. I’m afraid of this book being judged or me being judged because of the book. I’m very afraid of bad amazon reviews. But I will take that fear any day if it means that I get to share my heart, my passion and myself with others in the hope that someone may find help, hope and inspiration in it.”

I don’t want to live a safe life, I want a meaningful one.

Last night I got an email from my editor that the book is one its way. The moment I’ve dreamed (nightmared) about is happening in a matter of days and I couldn’t be more excited and yes, terrified. You all will have to wait a bit longer before you get to hold the book in your hands but just as I reward my own children for their patience I plan to do the same for you.

While the book has over 120 recipes I couldn’t stop there so I went ahead and created five additional recipes that make up what we are affectionately calling our “Holi-DATE”.

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The Holi-date is the perfect menu to celebrate surviving the craziness of the season that is right in front of us. Here’s the menu:

Classic Champagne Cocktail

Gruyere Gougeres

Stuffed Pork loin with Prosciutto and Prunes

Cranberry and Cabbage Slaw with Orange Ginger Vinaigrette

Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread


*Bonus* The extra Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread that you don’t eat for date night makes a great holiday gift.


I want you to all have these recipes but first I need you to do something for me: Pre-order the book. Please and thank you.

For the first 150 people who pre-order and then fill out this form I will send you a set of five beautifully designed (thanks, babe!) and photographed recipe cards along with a downloadable PDF of all the recipes from this menu. If you aren’t one of the first 150 don’t worry, you’ll still get the PDF.

You can choose to pre-order the books where ever you like (if you do so here it’ll be a signed copy!) the important thing is that you pre-order. I’m new to this whole book making and selling process but apparently the pre-orders are a big deal because bookstores like to see that the book is legit and people are totally into it. So thank you, thank you, thank you.

This is all just so huge for me, my family and my sweet friends who are ready and waiting to pass the tissues, raise a glass of bubbly and give me loads of hugs and eager pats on the back. All that to say, your support means so much to me. I can not wait to share this book with the world and to finally start the conversation that I’ve been writing about and thinking about for such a very long time.

Once you pre-order the book go to our book page (here) and fill in the form.

(The book page will be the home for all book tour events. I’ll be updating it regularly so don’t be afraid to become friendly with that page.)

Looking for where to pre-order? I’ve got you covered.


Indie Bound

Book Larder (pre-order here for a signed copy!)

Powell’s (the cover here is not the most recent edition)

Running Press






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