Not everyone loves the herbal, bitter flavor of hops, but those who do go hoppin’ mad for it. I once waited in an hour-long line with a hopped up crowd of hoppy beer enthusiasts to try a special release of Bell’s Hopslam Ale and saw firsthand the extent of hop fandom. Although we rarely see hops used outside of beer-making, the flower can be used as tea or as a flavor in a variety of dishes (I’ll share some ideas at the end of this post). My hops donuts not only contain hops, but they are also sweetened with barley malt to give them more of a beer flavor. The donuts themselves, as you might imagine, were more fragrant and bitter than most you’ve tried, but once topped with a sweet lemon curd glaze, the balance was lovely and soul-satisfying.
Saving Some Money
Although you don’t have to use all organic products to make these donuts (I realize this can be cost-prohibitive), if you are someone who does prefer to buy organic and all-natural products, I can tell you I found great prices at Vitacost, even lower than Amazon.com. Vitacost, who sponsored this post, is a discount online shopping site that has an inventory of over 40,000 healthy-ish products, and free shipping when you spend $49. Here are the ingredients, which in total are more than 40% less expensive at Vitacost than Amazon’s current listings:
Hops Donuts with Lemon Curd Glaze Recipe
The recipe for these hops donuts is adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cinnamon Honey Donuts with Raspberry Jam.
Recipes Using Hops
If you buy a one pound bag of hops to make hops donuts, you’ll have most of the bag left over. If you don’t want to make beer, here are some ideas for you: