March 5, 2010

Simple enough in theory, but my over ambitiousness (wanting to make two varieties) caused both recipes to suffer.  The “fried dough” variety was 3-star, but the “baked chocolate” variety was no-star ( inedible as donuts, 2-star as cookies). Also, I made 4 toppings; not knowing which would be good (chocolate glaze, glazed, powdered and cinnamon-sugar). But even with all the problems, the kids were very happy, which made it worth all the mess (at least 30 minutes cleanup).

While Chris doesn’t have a donuts recipe on his website, Matt got the idea of making donuts from Creole Fried Chicken episode (Chris mentioned how to reuse the oil). I only wish ATK had a recipe, so that the list of problems wouldn’t be so long.


  1. Baked Chocolate donuts were supposed to be cake-like. Instead, they were more rock-like. I threw most of them away, even after frosting them.
  2. The chocolate glaze was too slow to thicken, so it mostly just dripped off the donuts.
  3. The glaze thickened, but didn’t get as thick to get the nice coating that I wanted.
  4. The fried dough was the best, 3-stars, but still could have used more complexity of flavor in the dough.

Rating: 3-star.
Cost: $3 for 2 dozen.
How much work? Medium.
How big of a mess?  Huge.
Start time 5:00 PM. Dessert time 9:00 PM.


Fresh donuts for the first time since I was a kid.


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