Originally I was going to blog about the Dollar Tree for the letter D (You can special order cases of soy milk online! Even if your store doesn’t carry the stuff! It’s true!) – and then Shane suggested the obvious: donuts. Or doughnuts, if you prefer. I should probably use the latter spelling, since that’s how Annie Shannon rolls – and it’s her recipe featured here today.
Betty Goes Vegan includes no fewer than eight doughnut recipes – thirteen if you count churros, fritters, and turnovers. (And why not? The famed Ronald’s Donuts in Las Vegas sells turnovers, and that’s good enough for me.) In an uncharacteristic effort to keep it seasonal, I chose the Mini Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts (but only because I didn’t have the Betty Crocker Praline Crunch ice cream topping required for the Baby Bluths). My first foray into the art of doughnut making wasn’t the rousing success I’d hoped for – but neither was it a total loss.
My first clue that something was amiss was when I ended up with waaaay more batter than needed to make just two dozen mini doughnuts. Probably I could have made at least 48, but after the first two batches I threw in the Ove Glove and turned the leftover batter into thinnish cupcakes (about the same size as the mini-doughnuts, but minus the hole in the middle!). It wouldn’t have been so bad if I had bought two mini-doughnut pans (WHY DIDN’T I BUY TWO MINI-DOUGHNUT PANS?!?), but as it was I could only bake a dozen doughnuts at a time. Two rounds of that and I was fried.
I really have no idea how I ended up with so much extra batter; I checked and re-checked my measurements multiple times. The only reasonable explanation I can think of is that my pan is a slightly different size than the one(s) Annie was working with.
Even so, the consistency of the batter was off, too; whereas it was supposed to be “paste”-like, mine was looser, like cake batter. Even though I baked the doughnuts several minutes longer than suggested – and a kitchen knife came out clean when I stuck them – the insides were a bit wet and spongy, as though not quite done.
The end result was edible – actually kind of tasty – but not something I’d take to a bake sale or party.
It’ll probably be quite some time before I try to make my own doughnuts again. Luckily, Shane has volunteered for the next batch. He too is fixated on those Baby Bluths.
If you’re interested in giving it a go, the recipe is available online. Has anyone else tried the doughnuts from Betty Goes Vegan? Yay or nay?