Mr. ValleyWriter has been craving fresh doughnuts for a couple of days. He suggested last night that we have them for dinner. I thought that wasn't the best idea in the world, but since he's such a good hubby, I thought I'd make him some for dessert tonight.
(You'll have to pardon the funny shape. As I've mentioned before, I don't have big round cookie cutters, but I do have a flower-shaped one, so that's what I used here. And for the holes, I used a soda bottle cap. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. Or as I say - whatever works!)
Since it was my first endeavor making doughnuts, I wanted to go with a tried and true, amateur tested recipe. In my opinion, one of the best places to find such recipes is Allrecipes.com. The recipe I chose was for Crispy and Creamy Doughnuts, since Mr. ValleyWriter's favorite are the fluffy, light donuts (versus the cake-like ones). I followed the recipe exactly, except that I scaled it down to 4 servings. It still made 6 doughnuts and a bunch of doughnut holes.
For my first attempt, I think they turned out pretty good. The actual doughnuts were a bit more like fried dough, but I wonder if that's because my oil wasn't hot enough. (I really do have to buy myself a candy thermometer. I just keep forgetting!) The doughnut holes, however, came out perfect. Nice and fluffy and oh so delicious. Next time, I might just make all holes. All in all, it was a fun and tasty experiment!