Donut Chronicles

Double Chili Cheeseburger
2014/04/04 12:49:01
Who out there has been making donuts at home?  I'm hoping to find some other people who are interested in this and willing to share their experience and adventures here.  I hadn't made donuts in years until yesterday, but I plan to experiment again very soon, as this recipe was not a winner.  Still I had some decent results, so I'm sharing in case there are some kindred spirits out there!
My first born:

Glazed with toasted coconut:

Twist with cinnamon sugar (my favorite):

My shot at The Donut Man's fresh strawberry donut:

Filet Mignon
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/04 14:21:32
Not sure this helps, but I often eat donuts at home...let me know if I can offer assistance! 
The pictures look great!
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/04 14:23:29
Cinnamon sugar twists are my 'fave', too. 
Yours looks!
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/04 14:51:16
I am impressed!  I'm impressed at even thinking about making donuts.
My thinking is about buying them.
Filet Mignon
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/04 15:05:54
L2B, being the perfectionist you are, this is going to be a tough one for you. I think you will win the battle in the long run. Take a look at the hot Molasada in Hawaii. I think if you can perfect this one you will be well on your way. The Molasada is light and chewy, tossed in a cinn sugar, gives me all the donut pleasure I ever need. I think the ones you show here are fine, But, I know it's all in the taste. The twist looks wonderful, how could a toasted coconut topping be bad ????? looks like your doing well. I'll take a bakes doz to go, I'll be flying over you in June.......pnwc
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/05 13:42:31
lovetobake - haven't tried this, but maybe you will, and let us know?
beignets - the cheapest, generic brand of pop up biscuits, halved, or quartered, fried til golden, then sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Filet Mignon
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/05 15:47:26
My granddaughter was taught to make doughnuts out of those canned biscuits.  This was at a friend's house.  She told me that they did not taste one bit like doughnuts and were plain "awful".
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/05 16:07:39
OK. Gotta ask. How do you make donuts out of the biscuit things?
Filet Mignon
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/05 17:06:08
Chef Juliette's directions!
You pop open tube of biscuits.
You take them out and use a water or soda bottle top to make holes in middle of each biscuit.
You save the holes to make doughnut holes.
You get the fat hot enough in the deep fryer.
you put the doughnuts in the fat very carefully.
You cook them for just a little while on both sides.
You take them out of the fat with a long ice teaspoon put in center of hole.
You put them on paper towels to drain and then shake them in a bag of cinnamon and sugar.
You do the same thing with the holes but take them out of fat with a slotted spoon.
When they are shook in the sugar, they are ready to eat.
But if you don't like it, just throw the rest of it in the trash.................that is what I did.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/05 17:27:17
Perfect! Thank you Chef Juliette.

Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/05 22:27:50
Thank you!  It was fun "decorating" them after they were done.  I have plenty more ideas.
Yes, pnw I think I need to see and test one of those Hawaiian malasadas up close. 
I'm less inclined to try the canned biscuits, because I think the "fun" or challenge for me is making them from scratch to see if I can get something wonderful, whether by finding a great recipe or tweaking one.  I've been collecting donut recipes for years so have plenty to start with.
I'm also still hoping to find someone who's made donuts, either at home or professionally, who might like to share some tips.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/05 22:45:43
My mother used to make donuts. I'd give you the recipe, but I don't think you play hockey. I used to paint them black and use them for pucks. They also were good for making bolos. They'd loop around the power wires really well, and the holes made it easy to tie them together..
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/06 00:46:18
They all look so pretty & I know that when you find a base recipe you really like they'll be fantastic L2B!

I'll make donuts on Monday using the "Pineapple Prince" <>as a donut cutter...

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post edited by CCinNJ - 2014/04/06 01:01:23
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/06 10:25:34
Beautiful!  They look delicious!
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/06 15:37:55
Your Donuts & Twist look YUMMY! I made Beignets at home for the first time recently,YUM. Next will be savory Gougere @ home.....Never have made traditional Donuts at work or home need to do so.
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/06 21:47:09
MH - I like to watch hockey!!  Sounds like you had fun with them at least.
CC - that cutter looks very scary for donuts!  I think I hear the theme song for Jaws...
Turtle - Beignets are the most awesome little pastries in the world of fried dough! 
Thanks to everyone for your encouragement.  Here's today's experiment:  old-fashioned sour cream cake type donuts.  They didn't end up looking like I thought they would but they're nice and light, and I liked them better than the yeast ones above.

post edited by love2bake - 2014/04/06 22:10:23
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/06 23:40:22
Scary? I promise not to run while holding the Pineapple Prince. 🚑

<<<Hoboken>>> is the capital of zeppoles & my little zeppole is awesome....

Your donut & sidekick look very delicious!

Tomorrow is Frydat day for me.
post edited by CCinNJ - 2014/04/06 23:48:17
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/07 17:35:41
Dough day today...Frydat tomorrow.

So far so good!
post edited by CCinNJ - 2014/04/07 17:49:34
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/08 21:52:32
A few minor tweaks to this recipe/procedure & it should be lovely 🍩🍩🍩...

I'll fry fry again tomorrow.
post edited by CCinNJ - 2014/04/08 21:59:17
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/09 00:54:39
That looks like a perfect old-fashioned type donut!  Did you glaze it or put any topping on it?  If so, what?
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/09 16:06:44
I was pleased with it but I need to work on making them a little lighter. I'll make them again on Saturday & use a donut dropper to reduce the amount of handling. It's an extremely sticky dough & it takes plenty of handling when rolling & cutting. Hopefully using a donut dropper & a few more tweaks will make them light & alright.

I didn't glaze in the first round. I will on Saturday & I'll use the Louisiana crunch cake glaze. It's an excellent glaze...very nutty & coconutty...

2 c. powdered sugar
4 tbs. butter...melted
4 tbs. evaporated milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract

Whisk together powdered sugar butter and milk. Add vanilla extract and almond extract and mix. Add more milk for a thinner consistency.

* I didn't have evaporated milk so I made it...reducing whole milk by 1/2.

* I used almond extract & substituted coconut extract for the vanilla extract.

I did make churro fries today & they were amazing....

post edited by CCinNJ - 2014/04/09 16:15:00
Filet Mignon
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/09 16:53:50
This thread gave me the urge!  I made donuts today...................the grandchildren are thrilled.
I first learned to make donuts from an eighty year old farmer's wife  years ago.  One thing that she taught me was to have a small pan of simmering water on the stove. When you removed the donut from the fat, you give it a quick dip in the simmering water and then put it on the brown paper bag or paper towel.  It really makes for a wonderful grease-less doughnut (or fry cake as she called it)!
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Donut Chronicles 2014/04/10 02:41:40
That's awesome! So glad to hear you've impressed the grandchildren, too.  How cool that you did it!
I love that you carried on traditions and techniques you learned from this 80-year old woman. It's an interesting and surprising tip about dipping a freshly fried doughnut in simmering water before draining on paper towels or a bag.  I'm definitely curious to try it!
Thank you for participating and contributing to this thread.
CC - those churros look heavenly.  Wow.
post edited by love2bake - 2014/04/10 15:02:16