A couple weeks ago, the blogosphere was alive with doughnut recipes. And yes, that’s the last time I’m going to use the non-New England spelling. Be prepared. I’m not the world’s biggest fan of donuts, but I am easily swayed by suggestion, as documented previously.
Deb at Smitten Kitchen made these glorious-looking Cider Donuts that got me thinking.
I found this recipe for Pumpkin-Spice Donuts at a blog called When in Doubt, Leave it at 350.
And before I knew it, I was inviting friends over and telling them I’d be feeding them donuts and mulled cider and all manner of delicious things. Mind you, I had never made donuts before. BUT, figuring myself an enterprising lady, I decided to go for the Pumpkin Spice donuts from Leave it at 350 and Deb’s lovely-looking Cider donuts.
I noticed that something was….off, when I got to the point in the pumpkin donut recipe where you’re supposed to put the dough in the freezer for 15 minutes, and then cut and fry. I couldn’t cut anything. I couldn’t get it to hold a shape, because the dough was super-wet. I also couldn’t work any more flour in, because the dough was also super-sticky. I had to scoop up the parchment paper and toss it in the trash, right as our friends walked in, much to my embarrassment.
Oh well, I thought. Maybe it was just a flaw in the recipe. Maybe it was written for less flour than it needed, or a different type of flour, or at high altitude, or…..
I believed in Deb. Deb would not steer me wrong.
So, I reduced my apple cider, and I stirred in extra flour, and I spread things out and I put it in the freezer. I melted my shortening and I got it to temperature. And I couldn’t cut the f$^#&@*B$^#& dough into donuts!!! So, I did what any resourceful person who doesn’t want to be embarrassed in front of her friends does.
I got out my spring-loaded ice cream scoop, and I made drop-donuts. After a few small mishaps with over and under-cooked donuts, I managed to knock out some pretty tasty specimens. They were glazed with cider and powdered sugar. In all, they tasted pretty good. I wish that I had been able to cut them out, and had donuts, and holes, but that’s more because of who I am than because of what they tasted like.
I’ll be trying these donuts again, along with the pumpkin ones. I’m committed to figuring out how to make donuts, because I really believe that I’m not a true New England woman until I can present those I love with homemade cider donuts on a snowy morning. Dammit.
Stay tuned. Round 1 went to the Donuts. Round 2…… will go to me.