I made these Memorial Day weekend. I wish I could say they turned out great! But I think I did something wrong. This was my first donut making experience. My dough was very floury (dry) and I think I should have added more buttermilk or milk to get it to the right consistency. Also think I overworked it. Donuts were a little tough. Next time I will be ultra careful with my flour measurements (and thinking I will do half the recipe).I didn't have a biscuit cutter so I ended up using a drinking glass to cut out the donut and a cynlindrical shot glass to cut out the center and they both worked just fine.For toppings I did the chocolate ganache, cinnamon sugar and then I did my own thing with a blueberry glaze on the third one. I didn't love the cinnamon sugar (probably because my donut was dense and dry). The chocolate was good, but I prefer a sweeter chocolate on my donuts and I really enjoyed the blueberry glaze. Think I might try a strawberry version this time.I will be giving these another go in the next week and I'll let you know how it turns out.
I dont have biscuit cutters either. Im going to use a glass and a shot glass too. I will be making half the recipe this weekend. Hopefully, will have a report on sunday.
Never done donuts I'm kinda nervous about it - afraid it's gonna come out oily? Looks like u can get creative with this recipe :)
This was my first time making donuts and they came out great! i cut the recipe in half and used a 1 1/2" circle cookie cutter so they were smaller but a great size & a tablespoon for the donut holes. I ended up with 10 donuts & 10 donut holes (which was more than enough for my house!). The dough was veryyy sticky for me so i ended up putting extra flour down on my counter and then just patted the dough until it was the right thickness..i didn't knead it too much because of the excessive stickiness! Once they were all cut, I stuck them in the fridge until the oil reached the right temp..they cooked quicker than the recipe said so keep an eye on them! I only did the chocolate & cinnamon sugar toppings because i was in a rush & both were delicious!
anyone thought about baking them instead? I'm scared of oil. and my boyfriend is supposed to do the frying if we're doing that and if we're doing that, we might be making them this weekend or next weekend after the post date...
just joined,waiting for the cookbook to arrive in the mail, excited to try my first recipe.
@Nina: I've got a cookbook with recipe for baked cake doughnuts that's similar to the Baked Explorations recipe. It says to bake in doughnut pans because without the doughnut shaped cavities with the posts in the middle, the doughnuts won't keep their shape. If you cut out doughnut shapes and bake them on a baking sheet, they will likely come out flat bottomed and half as tall as they should be. She suggests using muffin (or mini muffin) pans in place of doughnut pans. She recommends (if using a doughnut plan) to bake at 350 for 6-10 min. or until light golden brown and they spring back with lightly touched. You'd probably need a couple test doughnuts to adapt this recipe for baking vs. frying.
@Alexis, thanks for your feedback. I know I did something wrong the first time I made these because my dough wasn't any where near "sticky". Definitely going to try half the recipe this time because our 2 person household can't eat that many doughnuts! Glad to hear they were hit at your house.@Nina, I was scared of the oil the first time I made these too. But it worked out fine. The hardest part is knowing when it's up to temperature, but a candy thermometer can help with that. They cook quickly like Alexis mentioned and (@Sassy) they don't have a greasy feel after. If you do the baking route I'm looking forward to hearing how they turn out. :)
I made these this morning, and they were delicious BUT a little on the dry/overdone side. I cooked them at exactly the right temperature for 2 minutes on one side and 1 minute on the other, so maybe a lower temperature or less time would be good. I stuck them in a plastic bag to see if they'll soften a little...
I just made half the recipe. Start to finish was less than one hour. I added half a teaspoon of vanilla extract cause whats anything w/o vanilla? I used a 2 inch glass to cut them out then a half inch cutter for the middle. The dough is very sticky and i kept tossing flour everywhere. Came out with four donuts and four-larger-than-usual donut holes. I kept the temp up at 365. These fry up really fats. I turned away to clean up a sec and almost burnt one so work quickly! I had to stop myself from eating more than one cause i needed to take photos!
I may be baking it, but I think my boyfriend will be frying them instead. I am afraid of the oil and no candy thermometer available currently. We'll see!We plan on making them Saturday now since I'm working full time!
Made round two of donuts this morning and definitely had a much improved experience. I halved the recipe and the dough was "sticky" like it was supposed to be. Yeah! First time I made large donuts so this time I decided to make mini donuts. I used a 2 inch scalloped cookie cutter and a micro mini diamond shaped cutter for the center. A couple of things to note...The donuts puff up a lot when you cook them so keep that in mind when determining the size and thickness. In my case I should have made my dough much thinner (maybe 1/4 to just under 1/2 inch). I also should have used a larger cutter for the center hole, because it pretty much turned from a hole to a belly button after cooking. The other thing I had to adjust was the oil temperature. The first few I cooked the oil was at 380. The outside browned very fast but the inside did not cook through. Lowering the temp helped and most of the rest of my donuts cooked around 340-350 so they could brown slower and give time for the centers to cook.I think the toppings still needs a little work. Didn't turn out quite as I expected. Will share more about that when I post.
Mine turned out perfect... I thought they were going to be heavy... but they were very light. Very easy to make... would make these again.