This time for Club:Baked we had to make donuts! I was very excited when I found this out because I never actually made them before! A few weeks ago, a good friend of my boyfriend's came to visit for the weekend which I took as the perfect opportunity to make these for breakfast. I also made Baked French Toast from the Baked Explorations cookbook (p. 48) (which was amazing also!!!) at the same time to make for a hearty and
healthy breakfast (haha j/k..but def a very filling breakfast!). I also cut this recipe in half which resulted in 10 donuts and 10 donut holes. I used a 1 1/2" cutter for the big donuts and 1/4" for the hole in the center which became the donut holes or "munchkins". Because I was rushing to have breakfast ready asap that morning, I opted to make only the chocolate dip and the cinnamon sugar toppings..soo this is actually Farm Stand Buttermilk Donuts TWO ways! I also cut the chocolate dip recipe in half and had a bunch left over. I think they came out perfect and would be adorable for a kid's birthday party with a variety of different toppings! I didn't find them difficult at all to make either! While I was waiting for the oil to heat up, I kept the raw donuts in the fridge like the book suggests. Once I got them into the oil, they cooked very fast! As soon as they came out they were set on paper towels to drain the excess oil, quickly dipped in either chocolate or cinnamon/sugar and consumed within 10mins (the guys were hungry and the smell of me baking/cooking was killing them!!). We did have a few left over which kept great overnight in a sealed plastic container. I honestly never eat donuts because of their fried-ness..sooo I only had a donut hole and a bite of the chocolate donut but they tasted absolutely delicious! The chocolate was sooo rich and eating them warm definitely added to the enjoyment..I never had a fresh donut like that before. This recipe is a keeper for sure! When I make these again in the future, I plan to give myself more time to experiment with different toppings! Our host for this one is Gloria of The Ginger Snap Girl. Be sure to check out her page! She clearly experimented with different toppings and glazes and her photos are amazinggg! Don't forget about all of the other Club-Baked bloggers too! You can find links to their blogs here on the Club-Baked homepage. Enjoy!!
Here are some pics from my Donut making experience!
You can see how sticky the dough was!
Although it was sticky, the addition of extra flour allowed me to easily pat down the dough and cut out my donuts!
Here they are frying in the oil…I was so excited when I saw them puff up like that taking their true donut form!
And here's a few pics of the finished product! Ta-daaaaa! I think they turned out great both visually and in taste! :)