Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Vanilla Doughnuts with Sprinkles


We're still pretty blue and are missing Harry terribly so I decided to make happy food. Happy food is associated with good times and fond memories. I didn't coin the phrase "happy food" but I sure wish I had. It's so apropos. I first heard it from Bellwether Vance and I'm sure she won't mind my adopting it here. We needed some happy food around this house.

And really, what fits the happy food bill better than doughnuts with sprinkles? Not much, in my estimation. Doughnuts have never failed to put a smile on my face. That doughnut with chocolate icing and pretty, little red heart-shaped sprinkles? I nearly died from the cuteness. (But then I recovered and ate it.)








To make these doughnuts, I dug up a recipe I had clipped from a Food & Wine feature on Top Pot Doughnuts and the release of the cookbook Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts. I thought about subbing butter for the vegetable shortening but decided I'd try out one of the natural brands of shortening. Whatever "natural" shortening means- the stuff looks just like Crisco to me - but I didn't do a comparison either so maybe it is a better alternative. Next time, I'll just stick with butter. Also, I'd like to try baking these doughnuts- they probably wouldn't be as light but my house also wouldn't spell like fried food for two days. For the white glazed doughnuts, I adapted this recipe by skipping the chinese five-spice powder and the hot water. I found that the heavy cream and vanilla added more than enough liquid and wound up adding extra confectioner's sugar to thicken the glaze. I used a simple 1:1 ratio of cream and chocolate to make a ganache for the chocolate icing.














9 comments:

  1. Doughnuts with sprinkles! I love how your doughnuts turned up. Lovely.

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  2. Oh my goodness these look scrumptious!! The cuteness factor is pretty high as well. They do look almost too cute to eat... almost:)

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  3. I'm really sorry to hear about Harry. These doughnuts are definitely happy food.

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  4. Doughnuts most definitely put a smile on my face too. My mom is a fab doughnut maker and a few times a year I get to eat too many and have a toothache afterwards, but totally worth it.

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  5. Oh Shelley, these donuts looks great...like how you decorated them...and I sure hope these donuts brought some smiles and made you feel "less blue".

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  6. Hi, Shelley! These are definitely in the happy food category! Anything with sprinkles can put a smile on my face, but especially when they are a chocolate covered glazed doughnut. So very cute. I also don't like the fried food smell that frying doughnuts leave in the house, but they are sure tasty. I have not tried baking them, but will have to.

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  7. I'm happy just looking at these. <3

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  8. These do indeed look like happy food! I remember that Food and Wine article a. because doughnuts always get my attention and b. I was fascinated with the cranberry sugar mentioned in it. Have to try that and these doughnuts. I'll be craving doughnuts all weekend now.

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  9. I saw the first picture and said to myself "Oh no she didn't!"
    Then I saw that yes, you did! :) They look like a happy bunch.
    I hope you are feeling better now. I know there is no good substitute for a good lick on your hand and a wet nose, hope things get easier for you soon.

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