Delicious Doughnuts

Bake Off is back.  Yay says 8.9 million people. Time to get inspired!

Except it started with madeira cake and biscuits… Don’t they know that I’m watching so I can learn how to make something new?! Bah.

Ah well, in that case, I’ll finally get round to trying some doughnuts.

For the last year or so, I have been saying how much I want to try doughnuts, but for reasons unknown, I just haven’t tried.  (Really it maybe a fear of deep frying, and discovering that home made doughnuts are amazing, so will have to be made every week).

Then this week, Bear bought me a gift.  A doughnut tin.  A not so subtle hint that it was time to get going on the doughnut plan.

A search for a baked doughnut recipe came up with this from Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. Having watched many an episode on Food Network, I trusted Ina to know how to make a classic doughnut, and I was right!  She may not have the most lively style, but ask her for an American (or French) classic and she knows what she’s talking about.

DoughnutsThe result were these mini doughnuts, drowned in sugar and cinnamon, delicious straight from the oven, and even successful with work colleagues the day after.  Disclaimer: they are super sugary and  tests show that eating 3 in a row may produce queasy side effects!

What’s more the easy batter and bake method is so satisfying that I doubt I’ll ever try all that messy deep frying.  I will however, be experimenting with the range of flavours and glazes I can create for these mini morsels.  Yum.

Comfort Food

Sometimes all you need to start the week well is to know you have a satisfying dinner planned.  Comfort food to get you going again after a busy weekend.

Tonight I’m making a big pot of Japanese curry and I cannot wait!

It brings me home.  It feeds my soul.  It’s my surefire cure for Monday. Continue reading