I was really organised this month, and completing the Daring Bakers challenge was not a last minute affair. I'm even writing this post a couple of hours in advance - what is the world coming to!
Since all the donut recipes made 20+ donuts/holes, and they are most definitely best eaten fresh, we decided to have a donut party, and invited a bunch of our friends around on 10/10/10 to celebrate the funky date, and to eat many donuts. A ridiculous amount in fact, because in the morning, my better half was concerned that we'd not have enough - so I made up another batch of dough - and all in all fried about 60 donuts and holes. Which was quite epic, but after it all, there were only 2 left. Our friends have an amazing capacity for demolishing cake!
I went for the Alton Brown recipe for the filled yeast donuts, and they were filled with...
I then used the buttermilk donut which I massively corrupted due to my lack of correct ingredients... I subbed regular milk and lemon juice for buttermilk, peach yoghurt for soured cream, and added a finely grated pear.
Both doughs were ridiculously sticky to work with, particularly early on in the 'kneading' process which started off a lot more like swirling your hands around in super goop. But with a wee bit of extra flour added, they both came together fine.
The end result were achieved through a serious tag team effort - the prep of the dough was done on rotation between me and my other half, as we both took turns to feed/wind/change baby Martha too. And once I started frying, Terri, Claire and Emma were a dream team on the filling and sugaring.
All types were dusted with a mix of caster sugar, icing sugar and cinnamon, and all tasted yum; I can vouch for this by the fact that I only got 1!
Frying the donuts was nowhere near as scary as I thought it would be, and thankfully all went without mishap - and given that they literally spent seconds in the hot oil, we all managed to convince ourselves that they weren't actually that unhealthy...