FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- For the past 20 years, the best of the best Spam recipes have been crowned at the Minnesota State Fair. Judging is underway at the Creative Activities Building to choose the 2012 winners.
Friday morning, Nicole Behne, Spam Manager at Hormel Foods, stopped by the KARE Barn to tell us more about the contest and share the recipe for last year's grand prize winner: Mini Maple Spam Doughnuts.
For more information about the Spam contest or how you can register for next year, visit mnstatefair.org.
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Mini Maple Spam Doughnuts
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup buttermilk + 1 tablespoon buttermilk
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 (12-ounce) can Spam Hickory Smoked, Spam With Bacon or Spam Classic
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon maple flavor
For Dough: In large mixing bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in 1/3 cup buttermilk, egg and melted butter. Beat together until well blended. Spoon batter into a pastry bag fitted with a round tip or a resealable plastic bag. Chill mixture for 1 hour. Meanwhile, prepare Spam Rings and glaze.
For Spam Rings: Remove the Spam Classic from the can and slice from the lid side to the bottom into 12 slices (each slice about 1/4-inch thick). Using a 1-1/2-inch round biscuit cutter, cut each slice of Spam Classic into two rounds (you should have a total of 24 rounds from the can of Spam Classic ). Using a straw, knife or small pastry tip, cut a small circle out of the center of each piece of Spam Classic to make a ring. Place rings into a large skillet and fry until golden brown on both sides (repeat as necessary with Spam rings); set aside. Take the remaining scrape pieces of Spam Classic and finely dice. Place the diced Spam Classic into the same skillet and fry until golden brown; set aside.
For Glaze: In small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, maple flavor and remaining 1 tablespoon of buttermilk until well combined; set aside.
For Doughnuts: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator. Spray a mini doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pipe batter into the mini doughnut tin; filling 2/3 of the way full (if using a resealable plastic bag snip the corner of the bag and pipe batter into the mini doughnut pan). Place the Spam Classic Rings on top of the dough. Bake for 10 minutes or until the doughnuts spring back when touched. Allow the doughnuts to cool slightly and then carefully remove from the pan. Spread the prepared maple glaze over the doughnuts and top with the diced Spam Classic for sprinkles. Repeat as necessary with the remaining dough and Spam rings. Serve doughnuts slightly warm. Makes 24 doughnuts.
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