Saturday, June 11, 2011

Time to make the DONUTS!

Well my niece, Hannah was staying with us for the weekend so I figured it would be a good time to try some new recipes from the folder.  One that has been waiting patiently was for chocolate frosted banana donuts.  Now if you've never made donuts from scratch I would akin it to making bread from scratch because of the whole yeast & letting things rise steps.  I would recommend making these when you have some time on your hands though.  From start to finish it took about 2 hours but man were they worth it!

After letting the dough rise for an hour Hannah cut out all the donuts and laid them on cookie sheets.  Then we had to let them rise for another 30 minutes.  The recipe I used made a ton of dough so instead of using it all I froze about 1/3.  Not sure what that's going to do to the yeast but guess we will find out when I thaw it.  I didn't have a donut cutter but I did have a letter O from my alphabet cookie cutter set which worked fantastically.  While we were waiting for the Os to rise, I heated up about 1 1/3 bottles of veggie oil in my enameled cast iron dutch oven. 

Now with a pair of tongs I plunged our Os into the 365 degree oil bath.  They immediately sunk to the bottom but within seconds were starting to bob up to the top.  One minute or so on each side until a golden brown and they were all done.  Prepping the dough was definitely the longest and hardest step to this recipe.  Frying them was a breeze, and it didn't make the mess I thought it was going to either.

This is what our fried donuts looked like.  They puffed up like little pillows in the oil.  You could easily just throw some powdered sugar on these and eat them warm but Hannah and I are both a little chocolate obsessed so we knew what we had to do.  Time to glaze the donuts.  The glaze was super simple; chocolate chips, butter, whipping cream (melt all three in microwave), then add powdered sugar and a little corn syrup.  Super tasty!  

Just to make sure we were keeping our standards at a professional level we had a quality control supervisor with us through this whole process as well.  My brother's dog Spidey wouldn't settle for anything less than absolute delectability. 
Donuts were being dunked in their chocolate topping when a great idea hit me....SPRINKLES!  I quickly ran up to my baking storage closet and retrieved some.  (Yes, I have a baking storage closet.  If you don't then you obviously haven't taken the Wilton cake decorating classes.  I used to be a little obsessed.  To be fair it also stores my supplies for Sadie's Barkery.)  Hannah had the great idea to pour the sprinkles into a bowl and dip the frosted donuts into them.  They came out great don't you think?


How did they taste?  Honestly, I was a little worried cuz I'm not a huge fan of cake donuts, but these were light and fluffy.  You could totally taste the banana and the chocolate glaze was just enough sugar without being overpowering.  Donut heaven!  I'll never look at a donut the same way again. 

Fry on!
Anita

30 comments:

  1. They look divine! I don't think I have ever tried to make homemade donuts! Thanks for the idea:) Have a great weekend!!
    www.karismaheartsavannah.blogspot.com

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  2. Oh wow, those look amazing!! Reeeally wanting a donut now!

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  3. Anita - I am impressed that you guys made donuts from scratch. You are so right, 99% of it is in the preparation. Once you are ready to fry you are in the homestretch at last. ;)

    I'm intrigued by your chocolate glaze recipe. I've never been very good about making chocolate glazes. They just never look very pretty. I'll have to bookmark this to remember your ingredients.

    Oh, and chocolate + banana is wonderful. A perfect breakfast. :)

    I popped by from the Funky Junk Interiors party. Have a great week!

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  4. This makes me think about my grandma! She used to make donuts with us. We would make them and put on a maple glaze. I have never attempted to make them but I think my kids would love these!

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  5. Looks delish and your dog is so cute!
    We'd love for you to share this recipe with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

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  6. These look amazing! And I love your title. I always say this to my husband, but he never gets it.

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  7. I LOVE homemade donuts!!! Just a heads up... We featured this post from the Fancy This Fridays link up today! Hope you'll check it out! :) http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2011/06/fancy-this-features-28.html

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  8. Maybe my husband will let me make this when we move to Norway or he could just help me. He is so afraid of me getting hurt when frying like this. His sister god badly burned once you see. Till then I will just enjoy the ones my neighbor makes for me every once in a while. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. yum! these looks so good! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  10. They look amazing! Could deffinatly eat these right now!

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  11. I found you on Simply Designing. Creative people like you inspire me so I decided to follow your blog. These look great but the quality control supervisor is my absolute favorite : ) ! I hope you will follow me back http://talesfrommyjournal.blogspot.com I can be found in facebook too http://www.facebook.com/DeniseMartin.LillaRose and twitter @DeniseLillaRose If you like/follow me there I will do the same for you. When you stop by my blog, please check out my kind of fashion (hair jewelry).

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  12. You have so inspired me. I think I am going to make doughnuts this weekend.

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  13. My daughter and I have been really wanting to try making donuts. Bookmarking this to show her later. Thanks so much for sharing at seven thirty three!

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  14. Wow, these look amazing. I'll have to try these!

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  15. They looks so professional :)

    http://carabossesbedchamber.blogspot.com/2011/06/hoos-got-talent.html

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  16. Oh my goodness, I am drooling. Thanks for bringing these delectable treats to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  17. Your blog is so cute!! I will definitely be following you!! :) and will be watching your blog to learn some new things!! I would love it if would check out my blog and follow me back also!!
    -Brooke
    For-The-Luv-Of.blogspot.com

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  18. ok I need to make these. They look so yummy!

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  19. YUUUUUUUUUM! You've gotten my attention.

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  20. Ohhh man oh man! These look absolutely delish! I may have to make some since I have so much time on my hands this summer ... :)

    I found you Craft Goodies, by the way! So glad I did.

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  21. Oh youza! They look great! Love you quality control helper =o)

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  22. Is that you in the photo? Eating donuts and staying so skinny? NO FAIR! ;-D
    They look so yummy, great job!

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  23. They look so good!

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

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  24. Oh great. Now I'm hungry.Donuts at 11 pm? Maybe. :) Thanks for sharing on Motivated Monday at BeColorful
    Pam

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  25. mmm love donuts! Thank you for linking to Sew Woodsy last week! Unfortunately, I had to delete this link since we are a craft only link party.

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  26. Thank you so much for linking up to “A Little Birdie Told Me…” at Rook No. 17 last week! I apologize for the belated visit…this week has been a real beast disguised in fondant and frosting.

    I've missed you gals...thank you so much for visiting and for linking up. I'm sorry I haven't been around as much as I'd like!

    Your donuts sound fantastic. I was really glad to read that they were "worth it" because that's my biggest issue with homemade donuts. I've made them several times, and each time I've come to the conclusion that they weren't worth the time or effort. I know, however, that it's because I haven't found the right recipe. Banana, chocolate -- YES! Sound like the right recipe to me!

    Thanks again!
    Jenn

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  27. they look yummy! I make them from biscuits... no waiting-I'm a little impatient! :)
    gail

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  28. Y-U-MMY! I would like to try these, but I think I will just buy mine because I cannot make these. You are awsome for figuring out the recipe.

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