We had company over this weekend, so that was all the excuse I needed to make donuts. I woke up a little early on Saturday, and got to work on the dough. I love a good cake donut, but there is just something about fluffy yeast donuts.
Based on this recipe here, I added normal vanilla instead of the vanilla bean, and no one complained at all. The glaze was really sticky, and kinda a weird consistency when they were being dipped, but again, no one complained about the final product. I loved that they were yeast donuts, but baked instead. Not having the house smell like oil was a big plus, especially with having company over.
They are basically soft, warm donut pillows that dreams are made of.
The girl made these super bomb baked expresso glazed doughnuts this week and they were delicious. She was super nice and made extra ones for me to take to work and let me tell you, they were a hit! I had some early 8 a.m. meetings and they were gone within the hour. I think that the people at work found them to be a pleasant surprise and made an early morning meeting just a little bit sweeter. And to top it all off, they fit perfectly in the container like it was meant to be.
A couple days ago, I tried making these oatmeal cookie pie things. The cookie part of them turned out pretty awesome despite the weird ingredients, but I could not make the filling part work. I tried twice and used up all the milk. My guess is I didn’t beat the butter and sugar enough, but I whipped it up for like 10 minutes. I am still kinda bitter about it, but whatever.
But the universe made it up to me yesterday and gave me these doughnuts. My guy has been working awfully late this week, and I knew he would enjoy a baked espresso glazed doughnut. I switched it up a little bit, and made baked doughnut “holes” (aka I used a whoopie pie pan to make baby doughnuts). I also used gold sprinkles on top since I didn’t have any chocolate ones. The guy loved them, as did all the coworkers who enjoyed them this morning.
This weekend the girl and I went about making homemade fried doughnut holes! It was a lot of fun and the girl ended up making two batches of dough which meant that I had some left over to play with, which of course means I took some left-over Halloween candy and shoved it inside some doughnut dough and fried it. For one I used the inside of a Reese’s Cup and then for the other I used half of a Crunch bar. They both turned out really good, but I don’t think anyone could eat the whole thing. Or maybe it was because I had already had 3 or 4 regular doughnut holes that day already. The world will never know. :)
I have had a mild, if not severe, donut infatuation for a while now. I have played with some of the baked kinds, but really, the money is in the actual fried in oil kind. We bought a huge jug of oil several months ago, but I have been scared to try it. Because according to all moms on earth, oil is hot and it will burn me.
But guess what? It really wasn’t that bad. I prepared this recipe here (but I think we will try a different recipe next time). I am guessing that unless you burn them, bits of fried dough dipped in cinnamon sugar are by definition delicious.
It said not to crowd them in the oil, so we gave them plenty of space. They don’t like friends, since they know they are going to be eaten very quickly.
I actually made the dough twice because I thought I messed the first batch up, which I didn’t, so we ended up with 5,000 donuts. Towards the end of our double batch of dough, we got a little creative with our shapes. The snail shell one turned out the best.
I have already made pumpkin donuts this season. I wanted to make something else that was still fall themed, and I found these apple doughnuts with caramel drizzle. But then, I took out all the things in the recipe name, and made pear donuts instead. I love a good pear, and it was torture for me to wait for the pear to be ripe, and then save it for the recipe. I tried to make them for breakfast, but I had bad timing, so I had to make them for dessert. They were so good fresh from the oven. I think they would make really good muffins too, since they weren’t too sweet.