I’ve got to tell you that I’ve never met a doughnut that I didn’t like. So, I decided to try my hand at making homemade doughnuts. But my little doughnut making endeavor started out as a complete failure. I followed a recipe that I found on Pinterest for baked yeast doughnuts. While I was a bit reluctant to bake raised yeast doughnuts, the photos looked good so I thought the recipe would be too – WRONG! To put it (not so) nicely – the recipe for the baked doughnuts – sucked… I wasted my ingredients and time to get what turned out to be a cross between a rock and a burnt bagel. Don’t believe me? I ended up breaking the failures into pieces and feeding them to our chickens. At least someone was happy with them. Refusing to accept failure, I decided to make another batch. This time I turned to McCall’s Home-Baked Breads (vintage) cookbook for a recipe. I also decided that raised yeast doughnuts were not meant to be baked and I dug out the shortening, thermometer, and big cooking pot. Fortunately, I had success with the second recipe. The doughnuts were light and airy and tasted delicious just like doughnuts should. This is the first time I’ve ever made raised doughnuts so I was considerably happy with the way they turned out.
What’s your favorite doughnut?
For a great picture tutorial (and a similar recipe) on doughnut making check out this post at The Pioneer Woman’s site.