Well it’s been almost a year since I last posted. I almost thought I wouldn’t get back to it, but I have been missing the Daring Baker experience the entire time and am making it a priority again. I was so pumped when I read the challenge and completed it in time to post on the 27th, and then I tried to get online. Biggest problem of living in Russia………shady internet. So while “I’m Back”, the internet really determines my blog accuracy. :)
The October 2010 Daring Bakers Challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make donuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious.
Now let me preface this by saying I do not like donuts. I didn’t grow up eating them, and I had one while I was pregnant and that did it for me. The only donut I can tolerate is a KK hot glazed. Doesn’t really taste like a donut and isn’t as heavy when it’s hot. We happened to have an extra teenager staying with us, so I thought boy and his friend would like the treat.
I wanted to try the yeast and the Bombolini, but the Bombolini needed an overnight rest so I just did the yeast donuts. It was a fool-proof recipe. Simple enough to be a quick put together, and basic enough to have all the ingredients on hand. The only thing I changed was the addition of nutmeg to the dough. I substituted cinnamon of course. The dough was very soft and smooth. I did not have a donut cutter so I used a biscuit cutter and a little plastic top from my cream whipper. A little more laborious, but did the trick. The dough was very light and easy to work with and proofed perfectly.
I own a little fryer so I could only fry two at a time. They cooked so evenly and so quickly that I didn’t even notice how long it took to fry them all. The smell was fantastic and after I let one sit for a little bit I tasted it. It was delicious! Even with nothing on it. So light and airy in the middle. I tried to make a glaze, but it just tasted like wet powdered sugar. It was horrible…..so I just did a cinnamon sugar sprinkling and they were fantastic.
Boy and his friend ate them like they never had a donut in their life. They were so easy and good I made them a second time. This time for a kid Halloween party where they ate them off a string with no hands. Cinnamon Sugar was everywhere….hilarious! The best part of this challenge was learning to make something I can’t find very easily here. They do have donuts in Russia, but they are a bit different and a little more dry. Everyone is gonna love me……
It feels so good to be back…can’t wait for next month’s challenge!