Get ready for something sweet: National Doughnut Day— also known as National Donut Day—is on Friday, June 5. To celebrate the sugar-filled day, Berkeley Donuts is serving up a special white peach yogurt-glazed sourdough doughnut topped with homemade granola.
The shop, located inside Hops & Pie on Tennyson Street, is the only potato-style doughnut business in Denver. If potato-style sounds a little odd for a doughnut, it’s probably because it’s been a cult-favorite mostly in New England, where it gained popularity in the 1940s. Hops & Pie owner Drew Watson tried the potato-style doughnut while on a trip to Maine in 2016, then came home to Denver and started experimenting with the recipe.
Berkeley Donuts offers sourdough-raised doughnuts and cake doughnuts, as well as vegan and gluten-free varieties. Since opening in February, customers have loved the treats so much that they have sold out nearly every day. Stop by on June 5 to try one of their specialty doughnuts for yourself. (We can vouch for their deliciousness.)
For families who want to continue the sweetness at home, Berkeley Donuts has shared their delicious chocolate, potato cake donut hole recipe (below). Whip these treats up with the help of your kids and you’re sure to score some major parenting points.
Chocolate, Potato Cake Donut Holes with Strawberry Glaze and Sprinkles
Courtesy of Berkeley Donuts
Makes about 40 donut holes
- 1¾ cups flour
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup cold mashed potatoes
- ½ tablespoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons yogurt
- 1½ tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- With a paddle attachment on a stand-up mixer, blend room temperature butter and flour until it is coarse and resembles cornmeal.
- Add potatoes and sugar. Once incorporated, mix in remaining ingredients until it forms a smooth batter.
- Using a small 2 ounce scoop or spoon, drop dough into hot oil (360 degrees).
- Fry for 20 seconds on each side and transfer to a towel-lined pan to absorb excess fat.
Strawberry Glaze Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons strawberry milk
- 2 cups of powdered sugar
- A few drops of red food coloring
- Whisk together the milk and powdered sugar. Once combined, add food coloring.
- After the donut holes have cooled, drop them one by one into a bowl with your glaze and roll them around.
- Move them to a cooling rack and add sprinkles before the frosting hardens.