The last three weeks have been pretty glum around here. We’ve endured non-stop cold, cloudy days with occasional apocalyptic downpours. The most un-Springlike Spring I’ve ever spent in North Carolina. But a great big box on my doorstep from the King Arthur Flour Co. put the sunshine back into my life! KA had one of their 20% off everything sales last week so I stocked up on everything I’ve been waiting for a sale to buy:
Which brings us to the two gizmos that actually prompted this whole spending spree in the first place:
That, my friends, is a dough whisk, and if you ever make muffins, quick breads, pancakes, brownies, etc. you NEED one. It looks like it’s not going to do anything, but the design is dead brilliant. The point of this baby is to thoroughly mix a batter without developing a bunch of gluten which will make your final product doughy or chewy. The outer part perfectly scrapes the bowl clean, while the inner loops actually do a great job of mixing the lumps out of a batter. It’s weird to use at first, but wow – I am very impressed with this thing. Hopefully gluten-y pancakes, muffins, etc. are a thing of my past!
So with all my new toys I took a little break from spring cleaning this afternoon to whip up my first batch of donuts. I tried the King Arthur chocolate donut mix (which I jazzed up with a 1/2 tsp. of espresso powder) and my fancy new whisk. I transfered the batter into the pans by glopping it first into a plastic bag, snipping off a tiny hole in the corner and then carefully piping the batter into the rings. Very quick and neat! I can’t imagine trying to do that with a spoon or something. They popped right out of their pans and they looked and smelled incredibly chocolate-y!
Since my hubby loves chocolate cake with vanilla frosting I gave them a vanilla glaze. After I glazed “his” donuts, I added a few drops of my new Lorann Coconut extract to the glaze which gave it a great flavor, and then dipped the glazed donuts into sticky, chewy coconut flakes. That last part serves two purposes – one, I love coconut and two, John hates it, so it effectively assures I’ll actually get to eat them! Y’all, those donuts are delicious! A big A+ to the King Arthur baking mix, the dough whisk, the espresso powder and coconut extract, and the adorable pans.