A trip to the local donut store is always a treat. When you walk inside, you’re greeted with the smells of freshly fried pastries and a display case filled with every type of delicious donut – or doughnut, if you prefer – that you could want to eat. Many people are intimidated by the idea of making donuts at home, since frying them up seems like a daunting task, however it isn’t hard to make your own donuts and the results can be extremely delicious. In Homemade Doughnuts: Techniques and Recipes for Making Sublime Doughnuts in Your Home Kitchen, you will get walked through the donut-making process step-by-step so that you can learn everything you need to make amazing donuts at home.
The book begins with a brief history of the donut, followed by a look into basic donut ingredients and techniques. The ingredients for making donuts are simple and will be familiar to anyone who does a bit of baking on a regular basis. Donuts can be either yeast-raised or leavened with chemical leaveners, producing two entirely different types of donuts. The donut making process, however, is roughly the same for both types of dough, as the donuts are rolled out, shaped and fried. After the basics are described, the book jumps into the donut recipes themselves. The recipes include three flavors of basic yeast donuts and nine flavors of basic cake donuts – including a gluten free donut – and a handful of other donut delights. This might not seem like enough recipes to fill a pastry case, but the flavor for most donuts comes from the glaze and there are plenty of recipes for glazes, icings, fillings and other toppings to make just about any kind of donut you can think of.
The recipes are clearly written and easy to follow, and since the basic donuts are very similar, it is easy to have fun with the flavors once you have a good feel for the basics. The photos make the finished donuts look delicious, and there are step-by-step illustrations of some of the techniques that are helpful in guiding you through some of the more unusual shapes provided. You’ll be on your way to donut-heaven in no time with this on your shelf!
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