Top Pot Donuts are some of the most well known donuts in the country. The company is based in Seattle, where the donuts have quite the following of fans, and they have been seen in the pastry cases at Starbucks stores, too. Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts: Secrets and Recipes for the Home Baker begins with a brief history of this popular donut company, where the unusual name came from and what makes them so popular with their fans before getting to the recipes.
Most baking cookbooks have an introductory section that describes the equipment and techniques use in the book. This information is helpful, but tends to become a little repetitive for those who bake regularly. The introduction to donut making is a little more helpful, since many of us have never (or rarely) tried to fry a batch of donuts in our own kitchens. The introduction here walks you through the ingredients, equipment and techniques used in donut making and it will all help ensure that your donuts come out looking like they could be put in a pastry case – or served up with a mug of coffee for breakfast.
The photography in the book is mouthwatering, and even if you don’t end up making any of the recipes after reading through it, you’ll probably find yourself in the car on your way to the nearest donut shop. That said, the recipes are not difficult and well worth the effort that it takes to prepare and fry the dough to have homemade donuts. You’ll get walked, step by step, through the process from mixing your ingredients to glazing the finished product. There are also plenty of handy tips that will help ensure that your donuts are as good as they can be. Make a test batch to see where your comfort level is with donut making, then invite family and friends over for a brunch featuring homemade donuts to enjoy the rest! The donut shop might not have the same appeal after you’ve had homemade.