Red, blue and donuts July 4, 2007Posted by merp in Food, Knitting.
Still no Rusted Root – it’s drying. Meanwhile, my next sweater project: Sahara.
So, so easy, just like everyone’s said. I’m loving the yarn, too: Valley Yarns Goshen in periwinkle.
And because the last picture of Clementine was so crappy, here’s a better one. This is probably about as long as the first half needs to be. Then a second half (but the thrill is gone, so could be months), and finally the very much non-brainless part of the project: grafting the two halves together. The yarn is Valley Yarns Deerfield in burgundy – the color in the June 29 picture is closer.
And, finally, donuts.
I made these this morning with the Donut Factory donut maker I bought at a yard sale last year. The Donut Factory donut maker I will be selling at our yard sale this weekend, God willing. I have fond memories of the thing from childhood, but that’s because I didn’t have to make them. Now I understand – deeply – why my mom just didn’t think donut Sundays were all that fun.
The Dazey Donut Factory was a thing of the ’70s – at least, that’s when it came into our home. An appliance in the waffle iron family, it has two donut-shaped, teflon-lined molds, into which you pour the batter. You close the lid, pour just a 1/2 tsp of oil into 2 wells in the top, and then the oil seeps down through little holes to “fry” the donut (hence, much healthier than real donuts – but that’s not saying much – we had gazpacho for supper to counterbalance). It makes a tasty donut (cakey, but fluffier than the cake donuts you get at the bakery).
But the donuts fall apart if your batter isn’t right (trick: add more flour to the chocolate donut recipe, and in all cases beat the batter a lot to get it good and gluteny) and because there’s no timer on the machine, it’s your best guess when their done. The extra-dark above is, sadly, not dark chocolate, but extra carbon crunch. It seems to take something like 10-15 minutes for each pair of donuts.
That adds up to a long time. I mowed the lawn and did my laundry while making these donuts.
Those of you who have ended up here by Googling “Dazey Donut Factory” probably just want the recipes. They can be found here or here. Make a batch to say you did, then sell the thing at your next yard sale.
The recipes I used, btw, are the same ones we always, always had in my family: one recipe of chocolate and one recipe of peanut butter, yinned and yanged together in the donut maker. That, of course, is the reason to make them yourself , because where else are you going to get swirly-stripey chocolate peanut butter donuts?