Side note-I've become obsessed with bread. I started feeling uneasy about the store-bought "wheat" bread I'd been buying, after already being disgusted for a while by the hotdog/hamburger bun options. I can't stomach paying $4.76 per loaf for the stuff I don't think will kill us (as fast). The ingredients lists on the packaging is daunting, and I was totally paralyzed in the bread aisle week after week, trying to figure out the best way. I went on a bread making spree a few years ago, and we were doing all kinds of grainy, wheaty, decent homemade bread. I even scored a bread maker (thanks, Lynne!!) and that thing changed my life. Then, I started doing daycare, and honestly just couldn't keep up. We. Go. Through. So. Much. Bread. I still used my bread maker to mix all my doughs for cinnamon rolls, pizza, breadsticks, etc. But, I was buying like somewhere in the neighborhood of oh, FIVE loaves of "wheat" sandwich bread per week. It started to gross me out. So, ANYWAY...I came up with a system for making nearly all the bread we need for the week on Sundays. Then, it's fresh, on hand, and consists of 5 or 6 ingredients as opposed to 28. I started out with white, figuring it was probably better for us than Sara Lee's "wheat". I think I'll slowly transition them to homemade wheat, which is definitely a different texture than they've become accustomed to.
I'm still buying bagels and english muffins, so don't go thinking I've completely lost it. It's not that much work if you've got your week's menu all planned out and can do it ahead. It's cheaper, tastier, healthier, and the scent that fills your home is nothing to complain about..
My word, where in the world was I?
Our handy assistant, Rugger. He is so awesome about fetching stuff from the basement food shelves, or the garage freezer, or taking garbage out, switching over laundry, you name it. Plus, he's funny. I miss him when he's gone. He had a sleepover this weekend, and I had a conscious moment of realization that I really like him. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, isn't that what they say?
I feel the slightest bit guilty about not letting them actually knead the dough. The tiniest ittiest little bit. I can only handle so much, you know what I'm saying? Plus, the dough always comes out perfect when I use the bread maker.
So, this recipe calls for the dough to sit in the refrigerator overnight. Then you roll it out the next day, cut out your donuts, and let them raise again. Do you let them raise? Or let them rise? Either way, it's not a super quick process we're dealing with here.
I think I've only ever fried something once before in my life-and it was chicken wings. I've never done dough...so I really didn't know what to expect. I only had olive oil on hand, so that's what we used. I also don't own a thermometer that reads high enough for oil (375* for this recipe). So, I just guessed. Evidently, my guestimations were just fine, because these babies were incredible.
Incredible probably doesn't even do them justice. They were so good. Breathtaking? Yes.
We inhaled them. They were warm and light, with the slightest crispiness to the outside.
The glaze was perfection. Not sickly sweet, not too thick, just enough to make the whole thing melt in your mouth.
I am not kidding you, we couldn't stop. The entire batch was consumed between 10am and Noon. No lie, and that was a lot of donut. I didn't even care, I just kept interrupted them with, "YES!" when a kid yelled, "can we have another..." No reason to save them, those delicious carbs were meant to be eaten fresh.
We're still talking about them.
I added a few teaspoons of cocoa to the very last of the glaze, and dipped three chocolate donuts. I actually didn't even get to try one of those, because they disappeared immediately. I heard they were good ;)
I had hoped to have a follow-up "my feelings one month after I read 7" blog written by now, but it just hasn't happened. Wheels are turning, winds are shifting, change is coming at the Sallinger house. Our week has been busier than I anticipated with two showings already so far and gorgeous weather that begs us to be outside. I have no idea if I'll be able to blog again before the end of the week, so I'm using this post to host my "7" giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment! I'll choose the winner by letting a small child pick a name out of a hat on Thursday, February 2 at 5pm (central).
If you don't win the book, you can always make some donuts to ease the pain. Oh, sweet carbs.