I haven’t done a Daring Bakers Challenge in a couple months because of several reasons. Not going to elaborate, but I decided to get back on the horse this month with the Donut Challenge.
It’s a great challenge except for the fact that I hate frying. It makes my place smell like oil for a week and it’s not very healthy! Yes, I’m a baker…. but frying is as unhealthy as you can get. However, I figured that I would give it a go this time around. But first, the weather needed to cool down a bit so I could open the doors/windows to rid my place of the horrible smell.
October 23… Phoenix, Arizona… finally cooler in the night and wee hours of the morning. I grabbed a can of pumpkin and got to work, making the pumpkin donut recipe provided. Oops, I didn’t have canola oil in stock and I didn’t want to go to the grocery. Not to mention the fact that the only thermometer I have is an old mercury one. We all remember my last adventure with frying and using mercury thermometers (https://saylorkel.wordpress.com/2009/11/27/novemberextracredit/)? Therefore I set the oven to 375F and baked those suckers. Worked out to be a bit healthier at least.
Well, my friends thought they were cookies initially. I did glaze them and add sprinkles, so I could see the confusion. They were pretty flat and I shaped them like pumpkins with no donut holes. In the end, I don’t think I can really call them donuts. But, if you thought about it while you ate one, you could kind of taste the resemblance to a pumpkin cake donut.
I definitely half-assed this challenge. I’d like to try it again sometime when I get some oil and buy a proper thermometer.