Tuesday, January 15, 2013
While hubby was at the store this morning, I asked him to pick up german chocolate. It has been ages since I made anything with it and was feeling I needed to. Ya know? Do you get those hankerings that you have to do something…and now! That was me and I was so happy to see hubby home. I melted butter…having an idea, but not totally certain where I was going with this. The butter was melted, eggs and milk at room temperature, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, anything and everything I could think of, was ready. I picked up the german chocolate and it was opened! Not only opened but the paper was ripped off of it! I’m ready to bake and most important part of this, I don’t know recipe, is bad! Plan 2 ended up with Chocolate Covered Chocolate Baked Donuts. My boys will be so happy the german chocolate was a miss. ~smile~ I'll add more photos later.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Here is the recipe for the cake donuts I made tonight. I baked some and fried some. If you fry them, be certain your temperature is a steady 375 degrees F and you use a deep pot! Mine pot was too shallow and my candy thermometer kept falling in the oil. I finally put it away and just guessed. The donuts cook very fast and my heat was a bit high, I guess because a couple of them were not completely cooked. They weren't mushy or gooey or anything like that. There were just a tad, like 8 seconds, away from perfect. I didn't put anything on the top except powdered sugar. What I wanted to do, was, use lemon extract instead of vanilla, coconut milk and coconut soda and top with a lemon glaze and toasted coconut. Use any flavor carbonated soda for a hint of flavor and mix/match it with the extract to make your very own specialized donuts! But, I was lazy and my sinuses are killing me and my boys were being...boys. Now, go on...make some donuts. Love and hugs!
3 cups unbleached all purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup carbonated soda
1/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease standard size donut pan(s). Whisk dry ingredients together. Stir in wet ingredients to form a soft, sticky dough. Turn dough out on a floured surface. Knead in enough dough to make smooth. Pat out to 1/2". Cut with a cookie cutter, jar, lid whatever will fit your pan. Cut a smaller piece out of the center. Put donut dough in pan(s) and cook 10 to 13 minutes until done, tester comes out clean.
I thought, after I patted some out, that I should have just put the sticky dough in the donut pan without rolling it out. I'll try that next time. Tomorrow, maybe. ~smile~ You could also use mini muffin pans to cook these in although I don't know how long they would take.
Alternately, heat oil in a heavy, deep pot to 375 degrees F. Making certain it is steadily at 375 degree F temperature. Carefully put donuts and holes and fry until bottom is brown...it's just a matter of seconds, flip over and cook until brown. Cook only a few at the time. Place on paper towels to drain. Top with your favorite glaze, cinnamon or powdered sugar. Enjoy!
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