Wednesday, October 27, 2010

OCTOBER 2010 DARING BAKERS CHALLENGE: Let's Go Nuts for Doughnuts!

Oh my goodness, it's the end of October already! And it's time for another Daring Bakers' Challenge!
The October 2010 Daring Bakers' Challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious.
When I first read the challenge I thought it would be so easy, after all, we've tackled ice cream, puff pastry, layer cakes, croquembouche and the like..boy was I wrong. I underestimated doughnuts. While my fellow Daring Bakers were uploading pictures of their lovely creations, I was slaving away in my kitchen--desperately trying to save mine. First of all, I didn't realize that I already ran out of flour, and when I was kneading my dough, it dawned on me that my flour was mixed in with some cornstarch. Instead of coming together after kneading for 10 minutes, it became more wet. I didn't have any choice but to go through with it--so I salvaged the mixture and went ahead. And then when it was time to roll it out, it kept sticking on the work table, and I couldnt find my round cookie cutters! So I just did my best to roll them into balls, proofed them for 30 minutes and fried them in hot oil. To my surprise, they came out alright--here's a cross section of the flour-cornstarch donuts.
I sprinkled them with some cinnamon sugar but I wasn't satisfied because of the free-form shapes so I melted bittersweet chocolate and dipped the tops. And they came out better looking. Good enough to post my finished products in the forums.

I had to redeem myself, I won't allow myself to be intimidated by these doughnuts so I bought some flour and did the whole thing again. And this time to my relief, the doughnuts came out more presentable. Here they are, made of all-purpose flour, no cornstarch. The dough was easier to knead and roll out, and I found my cookie cutters so they are really round this time. I glazed the tops with melted bittersweet chocolate, nutella and coffee and decorated it with some poured fondant icing (powdered sugar and milk). They got rave reviews at work, everyone said they tasted so good and couldn't get enough of the glaze.


Thank you Lori for this challenge, which taught me never to underestimate any recipe, be it simple or complicated!

40 comments:

Audax said...

I think the cornstarch ones look good but the second version are very impressive and I love the glaze on them. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

Renata said...

This is what I call a REAL DB!! never gives up! Both versions look delicious! Great job on the challenge!

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

Great looking doughnuts! Very nicely done.

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uk4dz said...

They look amazing and the chocolate glaze is just perfect!

Catalina said...

I'm sorry for your first failure, but you didn't give up and ended up with really beautiful results! I love your shiny chocolate glaze (they're much more beautiful than any store-bought ones for sure!).

Katie Rose said...

Oh goodness, what troubles this challenge gave you! They all look gorgeous, but I especially like the chocolate glazed ones with white icing designs. Excellent!

Aparna said...

Your doughnuts deserve the rave reviews they got. They look lovely. Like the nutella touch in the glaze. :)

Meagan said...

They look beautiful! I want the chocolate ones!

Lori said...

You did a perfect job. I like them both but the seconds ones are dressed so perfectly.

Meagan said...

They look beautiful! I wish I could eat the chocolate ones right now!

shelley c. said...

Both batches look fantastic, but the glaze on the second batch is so elegant and beautiful. Was there a taste or texture difference between the two batches? Awesome job, great perseverance to get them done to your satisfaction, and really great looking donuts!!

Pavithra said...

Everything looks gorgous and the chocolate glaze drizzled with marble effect looks awesome.

Pavithra
www.dishesfrommykitchen.com

Valerie said...

A true Daring Baker indeed! Well done, your doughnuts look perfect.:-)

anchan said...

Cornstarch or not, both versions look delicious to me! Your glaze is perfect! Nom, nom, nom...

Mary said...

That glaze looks and sounds fantastic! I bet the cornstarch made for a nice texture--maybe you've discovered a great new doughnut recipe!
:)

The Betz Family said...

I saw your chocolate with the glaze on the forums and thought it looked like a professionally baked doughnut! Nice job on the challenge!

Kris Ngoei said...

Totally in love with the glaze.... and beautifully shot!!

Sawadee from Bangkok,
Kris

Koci said...

These look so wonderful! Kudos for sticking with this challenge! The donuts look so fluffy, not to mention that great chocolatey glaze!

Marty said...

You had problems? I can't believe it. Your first attempt looks fantastic! And the second batch? Those are so professional looking Great job.

Anita said...

Love the last photo - the chocolate coating looks lovely.

Kristyn said...

Love the chocolate idea! They look yummy !

Manu said...

I love your glazed doughnuts! They look great!
I had to make my doughnuts twice two, but first time they got so sticky that I even went ahead with the recipe, just trough everything away, and made again!

Valérie said...

Oh dear, it sounds like everything conspired against you for your first try. But to your credit, you couldn't tell by the result! I have to say, your second version looks mouth-watering, I just want to bite into it!

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

Good for you for not giving up on the first batch. What can I say I like free form. But your second attempt does look superb. Congrats

lo81 said...

I love the chocolate glaze with nutella and coffee, your doughnuts look delicious!

Claire said...

Flour and cornstarch?! Did that taste differently? I think both versions look just fine...though without the cornstarch it is a bit more "refined."

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Oh these donuts are so so pretty!

Cakelaw said...

You did a great job! I love the chocolate glaze.

Lisa said...

Beautiful job on both the donuts and the holes - they look phenomenal, especially the chocolate glazed beauty. You always rock these challenges :D

julie said...

I think your doughnuts turned out perfect! I love the chocolate glaze; they're beautiful! I think your cornstarch ones didn't look half bad either. Trust me, I've had some pretty crazy looking flops on the daring kitchen challenges. I think people just don't always show the craziness behind the scenes.

Nice work and congrats on a successful challenge!

Suzler said...

That glazed doughnut is exactly the kind of thing I daydream about. Beautiful! The glaze sounds delicious. The cornstarch batch look great too. Mmm!

Marcellina said...

Wow, aren't the cornstarch one fine in texture? I love when recipes turn out even if I made a mistake. Otherwise what a terrible waste of ingredients and time! Yes, the glaze looks gorgeous!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those are so perfect and tempting! I am drooling... You did a great job.

Cheers,

Rosa

Susan: My Food Obsession said...

Somedays you just aren't meant to cook LOL!

Your second batch of doughnuts look divine :) Good on you for trying again - it was well worth it!

Apu said...

These look delicious!! Loving the glazed ones!!

Cakelaw said...

Good on you for going ahead despite your doubts, and turning out perfect looking donuts. I want to lick that shiny chocolate glaze - it looks devine.

Smarla said...

hoooray! :) the 2nd batch looks great :) the 1st batch actually looks photogenic too.

great job! im sure your workmates always wished you had more of these challenges

sadaf said...

tooooooooooooooooo good. looking great with glaze.

Indie.Tea said...

Oo, your doughnuts look great! I love the chocolate glaze.