September 13, 2015

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What is it they say? "Life is too short, eat dessert first" - words to live by.

This weekends baking challenge was - DONUTS - but with a twist! I couldn't just bake a bunch of normal looking sugared treats, where is the fun in that?  

THESE ARE INJECTABLE DONUTS, GUYS!  
Perfect because the options for flavours and toppings are endless.


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The rather excellent Donut recipe book by Tracey Meharg has been sat on the coffee table calling my name all week, a perfect bake-off challenge and something a little unusual for dessert on Saturday eve.

I've never actually made bread or anything yeast based on my own before and I hadn't picked up a back-up dessert so the pressure was on!


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Simple enough ingredients for the yeast based donuts; butter, egg, sugar, flour, yeast, milk and a pinch of sea salt.

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The milk and yeast did their thing.
The dough hook got its first outing...

^ Tesco Direct have £110 off the Barcelona k-Mix at the moment.

My trusty k-Mix didn't let me down combining all the ingredients into a sticky doughy blob.

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It should feel sticky but pliable...

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I sort of rolled it all into a ball in an oiled bowl, covered with baking paper and a tea towel and left to prove for 90 minutes.

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Ta-dah!  Almost double the size and ready to roll

The recipe recommended to roll 1cm thick.

I rolled a little too thin...with the benefit of hindsight I would roll much thicker next time - the end result wasn't as big & puffy as I had hoped.

Once rolled - cut into circles with or without centres (I need to investigate a good set of donut cutters for the future)

Then more waiting... I tucked the little circles of dough under a blanket for another 40 minutes


Prepped the fryer.  Mum brought me this tiny little fryer - it's brilliant and the basket is a perfect size to fry one donut at a time.

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The frying was a little trial and error in terms of knowing how long to wait before flipping them over

But they all came out beautifully golden brown

and ready to be coated in sugar

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The shapes aren't perfect, so they have a very homemade feel to them

These ones ^ were the chosen ones for dessert.

Topped and sprinkled with plenty of delicious chocolatey things; rolos, reeses pieces, seriously chocolatey dipping sauce and lindt dark chocolate shavings.

Served up on wooden paddles

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Two donuts to each board, toppings chopped and sprinkled around



And the finishing touch - the chocolate and caramel syringes ready to be injected!


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 I donut about you but I love playing with my food...

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All served warm and gooey... and brilliant fun to inject, drizzle and squirt all over the donuts!


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Needless to say we devoured all four sugared treats and all the trimmings!

"Dessert is probably the most important stage of a meal, since it will be the last thing your guests remember before they pass out all over the table" - William Powell.

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