Wednesday, February 24, 2010
My first doughnut
I was happy to find one of the many food magazines I subscribe to in the mailbox last weekend. In it, there was a recipe for doughnuts. I commented to my husband, "I've sure seen a lot of doughnut recipes lately." Some of my favorite blogs and magazines have featured their own twist on the classic doughnut. So my husband said, "Why don't we make them tonight?"
You see, I've never attempted to make doughnuts at home. But as I was stuck in the house again because of the cold and snow, I was ready to take on another project. Thankfully, most doughnut recipes call for baking ingredients I already have in my cupboards. So I didn't have to thaw my pick-up truck and scrape the ice off the windshield to drive to the grocery store.
We picked an old-fashioned cake doughnut recipe from the latest issue of "Taste of Home" magazine. The recipe reminded me of the "Salvation Army doughnuts" that I first heard about at a visit to our county historical museum.
According to the museum's WWI display, Salvation Army nurses used to hand out doughnuts and coffee to U.S. troops when they arrived in the train stations in Europe. The doughnut-coffee pairing became so popular with the soldiers that they requested it when they came back home. Soon, every little diner and cafe in America offered doughnuts and coffee for breakfast.
On a cold night in February, doughnuts and coffee sounded pretty darn good to my hubby and me. So I mixed up the dough, refrigerated it for 2 hours as directed and then broke out my handy-dandy doughnut cutter, a nice little kitchen tool I picked up at a local antique fair for $1.