Donut Gems | Steven Universe

Humans just lead short, boring, insignificant lives, so they make up stories to feel like they’re a part of something bigger. They want to blame all the world’s problems on some single enemy they can fight, instead of a complex network of interrelated forces beyond anyone’s control. -Pearl

Steven Universe is an adorable animated series, always funny, sometimes almost unbearably deep, and often very, very sweet. It explores themes growing up, gender, relationships and acceptance, and of what it means to be a family.

Because Steven lives next to a donut shop with the Crystal Gems, his aunts Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl, jewel toned donut holes seemed like a fun thing to make! I’m a fan of the cake donuts rather than the traditional yeast type, so that’s the road I went, but what makes these special are the completely simple 2-ingredient glazes. I love mashing berries to mix with powdered sugar, because you get such a lovely color, naturally.

Donut Gems

For the sour cream donuts – from Hummingbird High

  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • vegetable oil for frying

Whisk together cake flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, beat sugar and shortening together until sandy, then add the egg yolks and beat until light and fluffy. Add the sour cream and mix, then add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Transfer to a clean bowl and chill for an hour.

Heat several inches of vegetable oil. Roll the dough into balls, and fry for several minutes, rolling until browned on all sides. Drain on a paper towel and move to a rack. Glaze while still warm

For the glazes

  • 1/2 cup raspberries, mashed and strained
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, mashed and strained
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cream
  • powdered sugar

Mix each of the liquids (raspberries, blueberries, cream) in separate bowls with enough powdered sugar to make a glaze (should be thick but still liquid, about 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups per mixture).

Dip warm donut holes in the glaze, turn to coat, and leave to cool on the rack.

We’ve been swirling leftover glaze into plain yogurt :)

This dish was first posted for Fiction Kitchen Episode 41: STEVEN UNIVERSE in which Carrie and Diana discuss the animated series and many munchies, including dognuts, fry bits, cookie cats, transfats, chaps, free napkins, and together breakfasts.