Sunday, July 12, 2009


If I had to pick one junk food, I'm pretty sure glazed doughnuts would make the short list. So when I found this recipe for homemade doughnuts, I knew I had to attempt it. Sadly when I found the recipe I was knee deep in thesis design without three hours to spare on doughnuts. So I decided doughnut making would be a reward to making it through thesis design.


First up, I made the dough and let it rise for a couple of hours. Then came time to roll out the dough. I thought I had all the stuff needed to attempt the doughnuts, but I forgot I lack a rolling pin and cookie cutters. So, this turned into a little guerrilla baking. My bottle of no stick cooking spray doubled as a rolling pin, and some glasses and a teaspoon doubled as cookie cutters.

doughnut frying

Next up was doughnut frying. I can't say I've ever deep fried anything before, and it's certainly something I need more practice at.

doughnut hole

By far one of my favorite things was making the doughnut holes.

I rolled the doughnut holes in powdered sugar and glazed the big doughnuts with glaze from Alton Brown. Overall they were really pretty good straight out of the oil and hot, but as they cooled they got a little hard. Not a bad first attempt, but I look forward to trying again.


  1. ambitious! i can't say i have ever had any desire to make donuts, but can admire you attempts. and i think we need to work out some kind of system where you send me bits of your baked goods through the mail or internet (attachments?) so i can try them. i really think this should be priority #1.

  2. for some reason i didn't get an email about this comment, and i just saw this now. i want to make doughnuts again, but it will have to wait until i can take over the whole kitchen for a long time, and after i get a real rolling pin.

    i am still sad i didn't make you the strawberry dumplings while you were here. another time.

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