Thursday, July 11, 2013

Semi-Homemade Donut Hole Recipe and Camping at Salt Point State Park

                                                                                   oh heyyyy donut hole :)

Since Nic and I are both enjoying some time off from work and school (I start a new job in 10 days!) we've been planning some fun California things we haven't had much time for lately. This week we kicked off my short term funemployment with a low key camping trip about 2 1/2 hours north at Salt Point State Park on the Sonoma coast.  Salt Point is about 40 miles north of Bodega Bay and has two quiet and well maintained camp ground loops. We reserved a spot on the Gerstle loop which is on the ocean side of the highway. From our campsite we could take a 0.3 mile trail through some very funkly looking trees down to the water.  The drive, the cove itself and surrounding area all feature a dramatically rocky coastline with the occasional roaming cow, it's really pretty.

As with many things in life, the best part of camping in a campsite is campfire cooking! For dinner I made my ground turkey nacho style mix for dinner adopted from this recipe on the awesome camping recipe website, the Dirty Gourmet and it was really yummy.  It would be good for a normal meal at home and tasted amazing for a camping meal.  I just swapped in some lean ground turkey for the beef in the recipe and added salsa to top it all off.  With a little beer and some Trivial Pursuit it felt really good to not have wifi or cell service.

For breakfast I tried out Dirty Gourmet's easy donut hole recipe and I'm pretty sure Nic has never loved me more.  You should try them out whenever you have a donut lover in the house/tent. They are so easy, totally delicious and definitely added a whole lot of little pizzazz to the morning of our camping trip.

Simple Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes
Adopted very slightly from this recipe at Dirty Gourmet

1 tube of ready-to-bake biscuit dough (you know, the kind that pops open!)
1 paper bag
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons sugar (roughly) and a teaspoon or two of cinnamon
Jam or Jelly (optional)

-Open the dough and break it into pieces to roll into small balls. (if they get too big it takes longer and you have to be diligent to make sure they cook through!)
-Put the skillet or frying pan over the campfire or stove top and pour in the oil till it is very lightly starting to crackle or bubble.
-Drop in a ball of dough to test out, it should slowly turn golden (if it gets dark golden right away your heat is too high so turn it down or move the pan further from the flame.)
-Let the dough get a little golden on one side before turning it in the oil until all sides are golden brown.
- Put the cooked dough ball on a paper towel so it cools.
-Put the sugar and cinnamon in the paper bag and drop the cooled off dough balls in and shake them around so they are cooked with cinnamon and sugar.
-You could serve with a little jam or jelly :)

-Click here  to reserve a camp site at Salt Point State Park (I recommend the Gerstle Loop,) and click here for yelp info on the park.
-Stop for coffee here on your way to or from the campground for a real Norcal hippy dippy spot and a great cup of coffee.
-Here is a picture from the drive west. We passed a lot of cow farms -- a few even had signs for the organic milk brand we buy!  I like cows.

1 comment:

  1. omg yum. i don't even really like donuts but those look amazing.