Late last week I decided that I wanted to try making homemade doughnuts after dinner one night. I bought a few needed ingredients from the grocery store and was excited to get home and make a delicious sweet snack.
The plan was to find a good recipe online and then if I liked it, make it again some other time – substituting different things like sugar for vanilla or all-purpose flour for whole wheat. I like to switch things up and make them my own.
I pulled out the recipe and got to work.
Add flour, yeast, sugar – check.
Mix this with that and that with this – check.
Once everything was mixed together, I had to knead the dough for about 4 minutes and then set it in a bowl to rise for 45 minutes.
45 minutes later, I go to check on my dough (which was supposed to have doubled in size) and it looks the same. Uh oh. This can’t be good.
I let it sit for a little while longer and checked it again. No change.
This is when I start getting frustrated so I decide to just roll out the dough anyway and make my doughnut shapes.
I made both doughnut “holes” and regular round doughnuts. I set them out on a baking sheet to sit for another 45 minutes (they were supposed to rise a bit more).
Richard checked on them halfway through their “rising time” and exclaimed “they look bigger!”. I was excited and thought maybe that first step wasn’t necessary afterall.
When the full 45 minutes was up, I went to look at the doughnuts to see how much they had risen and.. uh.. they looked the same as when I first put them there.
What the heck?!
I was annoyed at the waste of time and ingredients that I had spent on this recipe and threw the raw doughnuts in the trash. I didn’t want to waste any oil trying to fry one – I knew they wouldn’t turn out. There was no way I was going to waste any more ingredients.
I’m not sure if it was the recipe, or the ingredients I used – or maybe how I blended everything together. I don’t know. I do know that they definitely did not turn out the way they were supposed to.
I was so disappointed that I wasn’t going to be able to enjoy doughnuts that night, that my husband actually went to Krispy Kreme and bought me a box.
I am now even more intimidated toward homemade doughnuts than ever before, but I am not giving up!
I am on the hunt for another recipe, so if you have one, please feel free to share in the comments (I do plan to give this one a try)!