Happy Valentine’s Day

Because nothing says “I love you” like bulbous homemade doughnut monstrosities that look like they’ve risen from the depths of the ocean.


I used a buttermilk cake doughnut recipe from my never-fail Meta Given’s cookbook. It said “chill the dough for 2-3 hours.” At the end of 2.5 hours it was clear that the dough was never going to reach any more substantial firmness than it had. “Roll out to 1/4″ inches,” it said. I tried. It stuck to the rolling pin. I grimly added flour, and more flour, and more flour after that until it was less sticky, but it was still obviously not going to be cut-able, so I started scraping spoonsful into the oil for doughnut ‘holes’.

“They’re doughnut STARS!” said Ted, helpfully, but in the end, no, they are bulbous doughnut monstrosities from the ocean’s depths. Which wouldn’t be so bad if they weren’t also *oily*, although they were cooked at the indicated temperature for the indicated length of time. Even Ted didn’t know why they were oily, although he said, “They *taste* fine,” which I thought was…generous. I think they taste mostly like oil with a baking powder mouth feel.

At least I only made half a batch. #headdesk


  1. Happens to all of us…take a look at http://smittenkitchen.com this is the first place i look to for a recipe i don’t have….i have yet to have one go bad and most recipes are pretty straight forward….
    good luck next time you try doughnuts.

  2. I agree with the smitten kitchen rec. The apple cider caramel recipe there is awesome. Also, the spinach and cheese strata is fabulous (but, really, it only has to rest in the fridge for 4 to 5 hours, not the specified “8 hours or up to a day”. [Seriously, how much soaking up can a casserole do???]).

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