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.
- 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.
- The chocolate glaze was too slow to thicken, so it mostly just dripped off the donuts.
- The glaze thickened, but didn’t get as thick to get the nice coating that I wanted.
- The fried dough was the best, 3-stars, but still could have used more complexity of flavor in the dough.
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.