At Christmas a few years ago, my mom gave me a ‘donut maker’. It wasn’t one of those donut shaped baking sheets you see everywhere, but some sort of funnel-like thing that’s supposed to let dough out in a donut shape – a batter-drop-donut-maker. It looked cool. I – however- never used it.

Up ’til this month…

The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious.

Instead of the recipes Lori provided, I figured I’d try using my donut maker. I used the provided recipe with only minor alterations. speculaas-spices instead of vanilla.

I failed!

The batter wouldn’t come out at all, it was way too thick.

So I thinned it out a bit.

It was still too thick.

After thinning it out more and more it finally dropped through the hole. But it ended up nowhere near the shape of a donut. It was closer to funnel-cake. Then it was closer to an oversized donut hole. Then I thinned it out more.

In the end only 1 of my donuts remotely resembled a donut. Nope, it wasn’t pretty, wasn’t pretty at all.

They were however tasty, so I will still give you the recipe. Just don’t try putting it through a donut maker. Just drop it using two spoons or something, like you would do with drop-dumplings.

Then coat them with a little glaze of milk, powdered sugar, a bit of cream cheese and a drop of vanilla extract. And enjoy them. And forget about the fact that they were supposed to look like donuts.

[print_this]Donut-tasting fried dough thingies
(recipe is enough for 6 regular donuts)

  • 175 grams of AP flour
  • 20 grams of sugar
  • 5 grams of yeast
  • 125 ml of milk
  • some speculaas-spice (or gingerbread spice mix)

Warm the milk up a little bit, then add the yeast. Wait 5 minutes or so to proof the yeast, then mix in the dry ingredients. Leave the batter to rise a little. If it’s too sticky, add a little water.
Fry in sunflower or canola oil (drop them in a big spoonful at a time), until nice and brown.

Eat as is or, even better, after dipping them in a glaze of your preference!




40 Responses to Daring bakers October 2010 – Donuts

  1. Mary says:

    I love the variety of shapes you got with your doughnut maker! Much more interesting than round ones. Speculaas-spiced doughnuts sound fantastic. I recently made a gevulde speculaas, but haven’t had time to post it yet because I was making doughnuts for the Daring Bakers.

  2. I think your doughnuts look great I love all the different shapes and I bet they still tasted delicious wonderful work on this challenge I like the last photo a lot. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  3. Kim says:

    I’m sure I have a few of those kitchen tools lying around, the ones you think are going to be helpful but really only muck up your final product. Even though your doughnuts look a bit oddly shaped they still must have tasted yummy! Nice job on sticking with it and completing the challenge!

    • Valerie says:

      Thanks, and hey, even though they didn’t come out at pretty as I’d wanted, I couldn’t NOT stick to the DB challenge. It’s supposed to be daring, right?!

  4. Sugar Daze says:

    Oh no, sorry to hear the donut making machine was a bust but these still look delicious! They remind me of those funnel cakes you get at street fairs in Manhattan. :)

    • Valerie says:

      That’s what I thought, and as I wrote, the batter made a really tasty treat, so next time I’ll just make them’funnel cakes on purpose and all will be well. Next time donuts, however, will be pre-shaped!

  5. Nicola says:

    I have seen these doughnut contraptions before and wondered if they are worth buying – I’ll put the idea out of my head now!

    Glad to read that they still tasted great!

    • Valerie says:

      I’ve seen them used on youtube, working perfectly, but I guess that’s just marketing, right?! (OR it just takes a VERY specific consistency of the batter, which is hard to obtain and maintain if you use yeast!)

  6. Laura says:

    That doughnut maker is too cool. Too bad it is hard to use. Love the idea of spicing it like speculaas.

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