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Spam-filled doughnuts a pleasant surprise

Published 11:36am Wednesday, April 11, 2012

It’s hard to refute Spam’s versatility, but recently I stumbled on a couple recipes that may push those boundaries.

As Spam’s 75th birthday approaches this summer, we at the Herald have been looking for ways to commemorate the milestone. So when I found recipes for a sort of Spam-loaf and potatoes entrée — Spam cupcakes — and a Spam-centric desert — Mini Maple Spam Doughnuts — I had to try them. While they require more prep time (about an hour) than I’m usually willing to spend, I was pleasantly surprised with both (although my wife wasn’t as enthused as I was about the doughnuts).

I don’t claim to be the greatest cook — and my wife can attest that I am not — but I found both recipes relatively easy. The Spam cupcakes, which I’d compare to scalloped potatoes and ham, were easier to prepare. I went a little heavier on the oats, which seemed to help with their consistency. I’d also recommend going a little heavier on the glaze.

The salty, sweet Spam doughnuts were a little more challenging. I went a little lighter on the Spam topping and added a little extra maple frosting, but the Spam flavor still came through.

While these recipes are for 12 Spam cupcakes and 24 Spam doughnuts, I cut both in half, and both turned out fine. If you have tried either, let me know what you think.


Spam Cupcakes

Ingredients (12 servings)

• 2 (12-ounce) cans Spam Classic

• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

• 2/3 cup quick-cooking oats

• 3/4 cup milk

• 1/3 cup packed brown sugar

• 2 tablespoons white vinegar

• 1 tablespoon water

• 1 teaspoon mustard

• 4 cups Hormel Country Crock Loaded Mashed Potatoes

• Snipped fresh chives


• Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat muffin pan with cooking spray.

• In large bowl, grate Spam Classic. Add eggs, oats and milk; mix well.

• Fill muffin cups two-thirds full with Spam mixture. With back of spoon, lightly press mixture into cups.

• In small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, vinegar, water and mustard; lightly spoon glaze mixture over Spam mixture.

• Bake cupcakes 25 to 30 minutes or until mixture is set; remove from oven.

• Place oven rack 2 to 3 inches from heat source; heat broiler.

• Top each cupcake with potatoes; broil 2 to 3 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned. Garnish with chives.


Mini Maple Spam Doughnuts

Ingredients (24 servings)

• 1 cup all-purpose flour

• 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar

• 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon buttermilk, divided

• 1 large egg

• 1 tablespoon butter, melted

• 1 (12-ounce) can Spam With Bacon

• 3/4 cup powdered sugar

• 1 teaspoon maple flavoring


• To make dough, in large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt.

• In small bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup buttermilk, the egg and butter. Add to flour mixture. Spoon mixture into pastry bag fitted with large round tip. (Or snip corner of resealable plastic food storage bag.) Refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled.

• Cut Spam With Bacon into 12 slices. With 1 1/2-inch cookie cutter, cut 2 rounds from each slice Spam. Cut small circle from center of each round of Spam; reserve scraps.

• In large greased skillet, cook Spam rounds until golden; set aside. Finely chop reserved Spam scraps. Cook in same skillet until golden brown.

• Heat oven to 325°F. Grease mini doughnut pans.

• Fill doughnut molds evenly with chilled batter; top each with Spam round. Bake 10 minutes or until doughnuts spring back when cooked. Let cool in pan 5 minutes before turning onto wire rack.

• To make glaze, in small bowl, combine powdered sugar, remaining 1 tablespoon buttermilk and the maple flavoring. Stir until mixture becomes runny. Drizzle glaze over warm doughnuts. Sprinkle with finely chopped Spam.

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