Families heading out west with the Canadian Pacific Railway for the promise of cheap land settled Alberta. Groups of families from the same backgrounds settled together to form towns. Cluny, where my husband is from, was a French town while Hussar 20 kilometers away was settled by Danes while Rockyford in the opposite direction was mostly German. When talking about regional foods, this history is important to note because the regional food in each town would be vastly different than another town even though they are in close proximity.
While towns in Alberta have evolved, I have noticed that very few people are “from” here and the Province is a melting pot of many different cultures. Foods that I eat at my in-laws farm are delicious, farm favorites but don’t seem particularly regional. When I think of Alberta and the ubiquitous foods from this region the first thing that pops in to my mind is beef. However, I am of the mind that the best way to prepare beef is to throw it on the barbecue…done…so that isn’t overly blog worthy. If you would prefer to talk about beef, though, check out my friend Dana’s Canadian Food Project blog about Beef on a Bun. It looks delicious!
Instead, I turned my thoughts to foods that I see popping up over and over that my husband just can’t say no to. For the past week, Calgary has hosted the Calgary Stampede. Complete with cowboys, farm animals, cowboy hats and food deep-fried on a stick as far as the eye can see. Food vendors come and go every year, pedaling a new bacon-wrapped, chocolate dipped concoction. One thing that never changes, however, is mini donuts. Fluffy, warm and covered in cinnamon sugar, mini-donuts are hot sellers whenever they are offered. Whenever we arrive at somewhere and see the mini-donut sign, Dewey whispers, “There’s a mini donut truck!” and I know what we’re buying first.
Even though I am from Alabama originally, I never deep-fry ANYTHING at my house. However, I make mini donut muffins that will rival any mini donut that you can buy on the midway. Yes, they are that good. It feels a bit silly to say that mini donuts are regional cuisine but in a city filled with Thai curry, Vietnamese pho and Chinese dim sum, it feels right. I would love to hear your take on Calgary’s regional cuisine!
Stampede Mini Donuts are an Alberta tradition. I love them but I never fry them at home. Instead, I make these yummy mini donuts muffins.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 24 count mini muffin pan.
- Mix melted butter, sugar and nutmeg in a large bowl.
- Add milk and mix thoroughly.
- Add baking powder and flour and mix until just combined.
- Fill mini muffin cups 1/2 full.
- Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until done on outside & through the middle.
- While baking, melt butter for coating in a small bowl.
- Mix cinnamon and sugar in another bowl for coating.
- Dip baked muffins into melted butter and then toss in cinnamon sugar.
- Serve & enjoy!
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