"What could be better than homemade donuts? "
with a chocolate glaze or simply rolled in cinnamon, fresh homemade
donuts are impossible to resist. Whatever your preference -- the fluffy
yeast style or the denser cake variety --delicious, donut-shop
confections are fun and surprisingly easy to make at home. The freshness
and quality of ingredients that comes from scratch donut making simply
can't be beat.
This delicious collection of donut recipes features
a wide variety of choices. You'll find recipes for raised donuts
(featuring yeast), cake based donuts, baked donuts (yes, donuts don't
need to be fried to be fantastic), holiday donuts, one-bite donuts and
dozens of recipes for toppings, icing, glazes, sugars and fresh
George Geary, a former pastry chef for the Walt Disney Company, brings humor, energy, and experiences to everything he does, whether it be a cooking class, a demonstration or an appearance. In many cases, the certified culinary professional also brings dessert! George currently lives in Corona, California. (synopsis from Robert Rose Inc.)
As many of my readers knows I have really gotten into making donuts in the past year. Who knew there were so many delicious flavors and that they are not only fried but can be baked as well?
This book is filled with more donut creations then I could ever imagine. There are several sections in the book including Raised Donuts, Cake Donuts, Baked Donuts, Holiday Donuts, One-Bite Donuts, Specialty Donuts, and Fresh Fillings. The beginning has a section on making donuts step by step along with step by step color photographs. The recipes are easy to follow and the donuts I've already made are delicious!
In addition to all of the recipe there are several color photographs of the featured donuts. Looking through the book the top 5 I have on my list to make are: Campfire S'mores Donuts, Holiday Eggnog Donuts, Christmas Swirl Donuts, Sour Cream Blackberry Donuts, and Pretzel Twist Donuts.
Last week I went to a book club brunch and I made the Pumpkin Donuts with Autumn Spiced Sugar. They were amazing! The donuts had a warm pumpkin flavor and the spiced sugar they were rolled in was delicious.
If you like making donuts as much as I do you need to have this book! With this book you'll never need to enter a donut shop and spent way too much money on over-priced donuts again.
Pumpkin Donuts (from 150 Best Donut Recipes)
2 1/2 c. flour
3/4 c. brown sugar, packed
2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/8 t. ginger
2 large eggs, beaten
3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. pumpkin puree
1 T. butter, melted
1 t. vanilla extract
For the Autumn Spiced Sugar:
1 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. sea salt
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl combine the eggs, milk, pumpkin puree, butte, and vanilla.
4. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir until just mixed.
5. Place the batter in a resealable freezer bag and fill each donut well two-thirds full.
6. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until donut springs back when touched.
7. Let donuts cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
8. In a small bowl combine the ingredients for the Autumn Spiced Sugar.
9. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small bowl. Brush each donut with butter and then dip into the sugar. Enjoy!