I made mango and vanilla doughnuts. If you read the title, that should have been plenty obvious. If you’re just skimming, I also provided a decently large photo of a mango doughnut, for convenience, under this paragraph. Okay, ready to move on from this awful introduction? I rolled warm, pillowy balls of fried dough in homemade vanilla sugar and stuffed them full of luscious mango curd. Yum.
I think I’m getting lazy with my photography. If you haven’t noticed, my last four posts (including this one) have all looked pretty much the same. White background. Minimal props. Shallow depth of field.
But, it’s okay. I’m liking this. Before, I was spending too much money on props instead of on food and equipment. The props were too distracting. Making the backgrounds was too time-consuming. Now, with a clean white background and simple plates and utensils, the food really pops off the screen.
It’s nice to cook with seasonal ingredients. Luckily for me, coconut is in season now in Canada so coconut bread is a good idea. By in season I mean a few packages of coconut flakes were being sold at my local grocery store, of course. Unfortunately, since the last ice age, coconut trees have not grown in Canada. If you’re in a tropical country you probably don’t even have to go buy coconut for this recipe, just walk outside and look around – it seems that tropical countries have coconut trees everywhere. Just open the coconut (you want a brown one) and hit it with a hammer so that the coconut “meat” separates from the shell, shred the “meat” in your food processor, and then dehydrate it. If you’re not lucky enough to live near a coconut tree then just buy some coconut flakes in the grocery store.
I used frozen raspberries for this recipe because I still had a lot left over from my raspberry hazelnut torte. While I was waiting for them to defrost I was reading the plastic bag they were stored in and found out that the raspberries were imported all the way from Lithuania.