Donuts a la Julia.By Julia Westhoff…but mostly, it was the best idea. I got a donut pan.I’d been secretly considering buying a donut pan for months (they’re about $8, but I take my purchases very seriously). Donuts, I think we can all agree, are the greatest food ever created in the history of the planet. And lucky for us northeast Johnson Countians, we have two AMAZING donut shops close by: John’s Space Age and Fluffy Fresh.Wouldn’t it be nice to get my hands on some? But hard as I try, I cannot seem to make it to these establishments before they run out of donuts. I recently arrived at Fluffy Fresh at 7:30 a.m., just as they were closing FOR THE DAY.It was time to take matters into my own hands. I bought the donut pan and about 20 minutes later had a plate of piping hot, delicious donuts. It was the best idea. And maybe the worst idea, because now I can have donuts any time I want. But at least they’re baked – not fried!I’ve tried several recipes, but so far cinnamon-sugar has been the hands-down favorite.Do you have any good donut recipes? Or thoughts about donuts? I could talk all day about donuts.DonutsAdapted from momsneedtoknow.comINGREDIENTS (yields 12)Donut batter:2 cups flour3/4 cup sugar1 1/2 tsp baking powder1/4 tsp nutmeg or cardamom1/4 tsp cinnamon1/2 tsp salt3/4 cup milk1/4 tsp lemon juice or white vinegar2 beaten eggs2 tbsp melted butterDIRECTIONS:Add lemon juice to milk (buttermilk substitute).Preheat oven to 425. Spray donut pan with non-stick spray.Combine dry donut ingredients in large bowl. Add milk, eggs and butter. Stir just until well mixed.Fill each ring of the donut pan about 2/3 but make sure it doesn’t top center hole.Bake about 8 minutes, until tops rebound when pressed.Leave donut in pan for about 2 minutes before coating with butter, cinnamon and sugar.Cinnamon Sugar Topping:2 tablespoons melted butter3 tbsp sugar3 tbsp cinnamonCombine sugar and cinnamon. Brush warm donuts with melted butter, then immerse in cinnamon and sugar.