Friday, July 15, 2011

Farm Stand Buttermilk Doughnuts Two Ways - Club:BAKED

To be honest, the very first time I found out that Farm Stand Buttermilk Doughnuts was our second expedition in Club: BAKED ... I was terrified. I am a doughnut fan but I have never even dreamed of making homemade doughnuts before. I hadn't ever fried anything before and I have never made any type of dough other then cookie dough. I almost wanted to quit! I thought, "I am WAY too inexperienced for this baking group, maybe I should start with a more basic baking book." 

I am glad I didn't quit! Making these little treats was not as hard as I imagined. In fact the whole process went incredibly smoothly because... my wonderful boyfriend helped me out haha. We have been together over 6 years now and he is very good at keeping my stress level low. He also know that when I say "UGH I HATE BAKING!" it really just means "help I am lost!" When he first heard me utter that statement he popped up and took over photographer duties as well as became my soothing mentor and assistant fryer. 

Well back to the doughnuts...

I don't have any cookie cutters or doughnut cutters or any thing like that at all so I took a metal insulated cup that looked to be about 3 1/4 inches in diameter and used this to make the main doughnut ring. I chose this cup because the rim was thin which made cutting very easy. For the hole I used the smaller side of a double sided shot glass. It was maybe an inch in diameter and made the perfect size hole for my doughnuts.

I forgot to say that I had to add extra buttermilk to my dough. I noticed it was pretty dry, not sticky like the recipe described, so I just added in a bit more buttermilk until the dough looked right.

Anyway, I was very very nervous about frying these doughnuts and as I watched the temperature on the thermometer go up and up and up my nervousness increased, but finally it was time. Once I got them in the oil it was actually pretty fun to watch them puff up and brown.

I ended up with about 16 large doughnuts and 20 doughnut holes (which is way way way to many, I really should have made only half the recipe).

While I was waiting for the oil to heat up I began making the toppings. I first made the chocolate topping, then I got started on the vanilla. I was panicking about not having all the toppings made in time and I made a HUGE mistake. I used regular sugar instead of powdered sugar and didn't even realize until I was mixing it all together and it didn't look right.
Well instead of starting over, I just trashed it. I am not a vanilla fan anyway so I really didn't mind. After I though out my vanilla mistake I mixed up the Cinnamon sugar topping and by then the oil was hot and ready.

Once I began topping my doughnuts and doughnut holes I realized another mistake I made... I didn't half the recipes so I ended up with way more toppings than what could cover even my excessive amount of doughnuts. Luckily I really like having Cinnamon sugar toast so I saved that mixture in a baggy and I also REALLY love the chocolate topping so I saved the left overs in a bowl in the refrigerator. This will probably sound really strange but I have been enjoying a spoon full of this cool chocolate treat with a glass of wine at night.

 Enough of my random ramblings... here is my final result!

 Both my boyfriend and my family really enjoyed these Farm Stand Buttermilk Doughnuts.

My boyfriend really enjoyed them dipped in milk.

I found a great way to use the left overs. Obviously, they just aren't as good after the first day because the loose there fresh crispyness but the taste DELICIOUS dipped in coffee! Every morning since I made them I have been popping a large doughnut in the microwave for about 30 seconds and then I dip it into my morning coffee, it is SOOOO good! The chocolate topped doughnuts work best as coffee dippers and I am really sad that I am all out of doughnuts.

Awesome pick Gloria, and I am not just saying that because you're my sister! For the full recipe check out her blog The Ginger Snap Girl! To see how the other bakers did check out Club: BAKED.


P.S. I keep hearing that people had bad experiences with the chocolate topping and boy am I sorry, mine was PERFECT and truly the only topping I would reuse.

How I made it:
 4.5-5 ounces of Lindt 70% Cocoa coarsely chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

I made mine way before the oil was ready so mine cooled off a bit so I zapped it in the microwave but it came out thick and creamy and deliciously dark! I am a HUGE dark chocolate fan and I know a lot of people aren't so I would imagine replacing the dark bar for a 50% or a milk chocolate would work just as well.


  1. Dont be so initimidated! There's always someone here to help.... and please dont quit.

    Your donuts look great! Great photographer too.

  2. I love the translation from "I HATE BAKING" to "Help I am lost!" Luckily my husband knows that, too and has to come to my rescue often (usually when I'm doing frustrating things like using a rolling pin to get to a perfect size). PS - I love the idea of coffee dipping!

  3. Great post Katie! You cracked me up with the I hate baking comment! Tell Luis he rocks! Your chocolate doughnuts with chocolate sprinkles look amazing!!! Next time I come up, you'll have to make them for me. ;)

    Thanks for baking along! :) Now that you've tackled doughnuts you can take on anything!

  4. Thanks Karen hopefully I will go into the next one with more confidence!
    Stephanie, I am glad I am not the only one!!! Thank!
    Haha thanks Gloria! I'll make sure to let Luis know!Yes we will have top make them next time you come over!

  5. My post didn' so # 2. Your donuts look perfect (Dammit- I am jealous). Seriously- really impressed. Nice job. I laughed out loud on your P.S. - you are too funny! Glad your chocolate came out well and it definitely shows.

  6. Katie, your doughnuts look darned good. Next time I want Luis to photograph mine, better hire him as your cookbook photographer! Glad you turned that intimidation around into success!

  7. There is no shame in eating extra frosting by the spoonful. I've definitely done that before! I am glad you gave the donuts a shot.

  8. Thanks everyone for the encouragement! And Marie, I will be sure to recruit Luis as my photographer!

  9. I loved the chocolate too, and your idea for dipping the leftover donuts in coffee was a great idea. I had mine with coffee, but never thought to dip them in it! Yours look super yummy and well proportioned (the hole and outside edge - I ended up with belly button sort of holes in mine) Love the pictures!