Unfortunately, my fondness for food also leads me to the vulgar necessity of dieting. Ho hum. So boring. Over the years, I have come up with my own little tricks to keep myself on a diet. Here's where Krispy Kremes come in. When I see something in the grocery store that I want to eat but that would blow my diet, I tell myself, "Sure! You can eat that. If you bake it yourself."
Now I have to tell you that this trick works verrrry well. Ninety-nine times out of one hundred, I will
A) have forgotten all about said sinful item by the time I get home
B) not have the necessary ingredients
C) not have the time
D) be too lazy
E) realize that I need to stick to the diet and be proud of myself for being so strong.
So my dieting rule kicked in. You can have one if you bake them at home. Hmm . . . Normally A through E above would have followed, but this time, my mother said something about Mardi Gras being around the corner. In Germany, that means doughnuts. I can take a hint. Time to make doughnuts. And it was Valentine's day. Wouldn't it be fun to make some doughnuts as a little gift?
In years past, the "make it at home" rule was easier to follow because I didn't have a recipe for something like Krispy Kremes. But now the stinking Internet has recipes for everything. So I found a Krispy Kreme Copycat recipe that people were raving about. Raving! And I made it. That loud noise you just heard was me falling off the diet wagon.
This recipe is by scoochmaroo and can be found at http://www.instructables.com/id/Krispy-Kreme-Donut-Doughnut-Recipe/?ALLSTEPS .
My take on it? In a blind taste test, I feel confident that I would be able to pick out the real Krispy Kreme doughnut. But these are REALLY GOOD! She's dead on with the chocolate glaze. It tastes just like the real chocolate glaze. The doughnuts are close, very close.
It's worth noting that someone who says he worked at Krispy Kreme didn't recall milk in the recipe. He thought they used water. Next time, I'll try water instead of milk.
Happily, that fall off the wagon woke me up. This recipe makes 39-40ish doughnuts. I only made 1 dozen, and most of those went straight to my mom, who will eat half of one and then freeze the rest. The other two dozen plus went all the way through the second rising, and I popped them (still raw) into the freezer. Sometime when I have a bunch of guests, I'll pull them out for breakfast, cook them, and see how well they held up. Of course, I had to try some. For you! Really, that was the main reason for eating a couple of doughnuts. And the middles, and the scraps. And licking the chocolate glaze bowl . . .
3 packages Rapid Rise yeast
1/2 cup water (105-115F )
2 1/4 cups milk, scalded, then cooled
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup shortening (Crisco)
7 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
canola oil for frying
1/2 cup butter
3 cups powdered sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
6 - 9 tablespoons evaporated milk
6 squares (ounces) unsweetened chocolate (I used Bakers.) OPTIONAL
|Makes a very lovely dough.|
|Ready, set . . .|