Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Doughnut Song

Doughnuts on our kitchen table, surrounded by beauty supplies, Sept. 2011.
With the first day of school approaching, I decided it was time to dig out the doughnut pan I'd stashed away a month ago and try to do something new and exciting in the kitchen with my girls.  I had originally anticipated that making doughnuts would be a fun bonding experience with my two daughters, but that was not to be.   We'd had a busy morning and my youngest daughter was fighting nap time with every bit of crazy two-year energy she could muster.  While my husband managed the nap time rebellion, I took my older daughter into the kitchen and tried to distract her during her sister's meltdown.

I'd never made doughnuts before-- at least not this way.  In the past, I have deep-fried doughnuts (delicious!) and made them in a contraption that looks a lot like a George Foreman grill with little doughnut-shaped teflon-coated cutouts inside.  (This didn't work out so well.)   For my latest attempt, I bought a Wilton Standard Doughnut Pan from Sur La Table and I have to say I was pretty impressed.  These were baked doughnuts, not fried, so they tasted like yummy little cakes, but I suppose they were slightly healthier.  They were certainly easier and less messy than the deep-fried version.

We followed the recipe on the inside of the package label, with a few modifications.  I didn't have cake flour, so we substituted sifted all-purpose flour instead.  (I know there's a gluten issue with this substitution, but it didn't seem to matter.)  We were also out of buttermilk, so I used packaged dry buttermilk instead.  I would normally feel bad about substituting a dry, but rehydrated, pre-packaged ingredient for a wet ingredient, but I once worked on a tv show with the fabulous food chemist Shirley Corriher and she said she loved the stuff!  She was right.  I don't know what they would have tasted like with liquid buttermilk, but these were very good.

I also added a teaspoon of cinnamon to our doughnut batter and topped the doughnuts in several different ways.  The chocolate covered versions were the most popular, but I thought the cinnamon sugar version was the tastiest.

We loved eating the doughnuts over the next few days (the recipe made a dozen doughnuts), but the best part of the experience was the song my daughter sang me while we were waiting for the doughnuts to bake.  My attempt to get my daughter to recreate the song on camera was a complete failure, but she did help me to write down the lyrics once I got her started with the first few lines.  It may not be the most flattering song a mother could hear, but I feel it was sung with the best of intentions.  She followed up her song by giving me a giant hug and saying, "I love you, mommy.  I'm gonna give you a big squeeze!" so I'm pretty sure that she meant it as a compliment.

The Doughnut Song

I love donuts
Oh, yes, oh yes, I do
I love donuts
I love them more than you

Oh I love donuts
Oh yes, oh yes, I do
I love them with chocolate on top
I love them with everything
And I kind of like you a little better
Oh yes, oh yes, I do