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I Forgot to Make the Doughnuts!

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Dates sneak up on me these days. Is it because time is just flying by too fast or is it that I have really become that unorganized? Either way, I think I'll lean towards the first excuse. Life is zooming by at lightening speed!

Two of my favorite food bloggers, Peabody and Tartlette are hosting a calorie inducing blogging event where they asked everyone around the food blogosphere to make doughnuts and send them the results. If the blogs I've peaked at who have turned in their submissions already are any idication, I can bet that once this roundup hits the internet, we will all gain at least five pounds by just looking at the photos!

I have never made doughnuts. I mean... I've made those Pillsbury fried bread dough "doughnuts", but I have never made real, honest to goodness fresh doughnuts at home. My mom told me that once I did make doughnuts at home, I would know right away why people go out and buy doughnuts!

DSC_0038-2.jpgI found a recipe on Recipezaar where you could create the dough in the bread machine, cut them out, let them rise and then fry 'em. Sounded easy enough to me, except I don't have a deep fryer. Still, assuming I could just use a deep frying pan to do the job, I set out to make the doughnuts.

The hardest part of making these doughnuts was regulating the temperature of the oil in my frying pan. Everything else was simple... the dough was very easy to work with, the doughnuts rose beautifully and they tasted so light and airy. Delicious doughnuts right from my own kitchen!

My son gave me two thumbs up, claiming that "Now we don't ever have to go out for doughnuts, mom! These are the best tasting doughnuts ever!" I don't know about that, but these are very tasty! It looks like a fry daddy may be needed in my near future.

Oh - and if you are looking to gain a little weight (seriosly... who ARE you people??), make sure to check out Peabody and Tartlette's roundup on their blogs on the 15th!

Bread Machine Doughnuts - from Recipezaar 

1 1/4 cups milk
1 beaten egg
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups white flour
1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast

Not the one? See other Bread Machine Doughnuts Recipes

  1. Measure ingredients into your ABM baking pan.
  2. Select dough setting and start machine.
  3. Roll finished dough to 1/2 inch thick. Cut with a 2-1/2 inch donut cutter.
  4. Let rise, covered, 30 minutes or until doubled.
  5. Deep fry in fat at 375 degrees.
  6. Turn doughnuts as they rise to the surface. Fry until brown on both sides.
  7. Drain on absorbent paper towels. Either glaze or dust with powdered sugar.


Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 03:39PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments19 Comments | References28 References

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Reader Comments (19)

It doesn't get any easier than in the bread machine!
February 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah
I'm pretty sure I couldn't have these in the house -- they look tooooo wonderful and tempting!
February 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLydia (The Perfect Pantry)
Oh yum...I wasn't going to make donuts (deep frying sort of freaks me out), but after seeing them on so many blogs, I'm definitely craving them!
February 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennie
This event made me think I needed a deep fryer too! Your donuts look awesome!
February 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbrilynn
Darling donuts! It's nice to know that a deep frying pan worked out. I've always been afraid of the large amounts of hot oil.
February 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoy the Baker
Your donuts look delicious! Seeing everyone's donuts this past week is has gotten me awfully tempted to make my own.
February 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKarina
I hate frying, so I baked mine. I love how perfectly shaped yours are. So delicious.
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl
Those look so good!!! Do you ever post recipes on Recipezaar? I really enjoy that site.

I tried to send you email this morning, but I'm not sure if it went through or not?! Here's my email... spaminator@biglers.org

Talk to you soon,
Kathy...
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
Your doughnuts look gorgeous! And I bet they taste great too! I'm back from Mardi Gras, but not much to tell, we deciced to visit my parents and it was so quiet there this year, no parades, which I thought they would have, as I was anxious to take pictures... Happy Valentine's Day!
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCris
You've done it again Kristen! Gorgeous looking doughnuts! I love the picture with the plate full of doughnuts in the background, very beautiful.
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLyB
They look good!
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa : )
Okay, I so want to get up the courage to try these. They look great, but, I fail at anything with yeast. Kristen, they look so good. Great job!
February 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjulie
Well, at least you went and made some...which is what we wanted people to do! Great job.
February 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpeabody
Wow, congrats on the doughnuts! I remember making homemade doughnuts one winter Saturday with my mom. It seemed to take all day long from a child's perspective and seemed oh so difficult. Of course, we were using a good 'ol wood-burning oven. They were so light and airy and fresh in the end.
February 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCountryGirl CityLife
You make me smile Kristen. I don't do doughnuts either, except I did for those two. I came so close to getting a deep fryer for this but if I'd done that I'd probably really start doing doughnuts. Then I'd be wondering "WHO" am I.
Your doughnuts look grand. There really is nothing tastier than a fresh from the fat doughnut or hole!
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