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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.

The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious.

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