October 28, 2010

Daring Bakers: Donuts (Those Who Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail)

So I waited until the eleventh hour to start the Daring Bakers Challenge for this month. For some reason, I got the dates confused (again), and I had it stuck in my head that I had until the 1st of the month to make it. (Yes, I realize that by waiting until this upcoming weekend, I was already procrastinating.) This morning, I read new posts at a few fellow food blogs and realized today was the due date.

Whoops.

I decided I was too late, and went ahead and made plans to just let the Daring Kitchen know that I would miss this month. But my husband encouraged me to go forward with it, so I did. (He’s a wonderful guy that way!) But I hadn’t given the process a lot of thought, other than I knew I wanted to make pumpkin donuts.

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.

I opted to modify the Alton Brown recipe, but I pretty much winged it. I decided to bake rather than fry, and I tried to substitute a mixture of potato starch, tapioca starch, sweet white rice flour and sorghum flour for the wheat flour. I used almond milk instead of regular milk, and lowered the moisture and added pumpkin puree. But the dough didn’t really rise. The flavor was decent, but I had dense, slightly gooey, donut pucks.

Sigh.

I plan on working on the donuts again, as a perfect pumpkin donut sounds so incredible to me. But this time, I think my failure to plan and research (and play in the kitchen) got the best of me. If I manage a perfect gluten-free, dairy-free pumpkin donut soon, I’ll be sure to share the recipe with you! Until then, check out this basic gluten-free donut recipe, and a different version of a pumpkin donut hole recipe over at Baking Beauties.

9 Responses to “Daring Bakers: Donuts (Those Who Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail)”

  1. On the bright side, you’re ready to play hockey!

  2. They look really good. This was a really good attempt!

  3. Well they look like a valiant effort! I’m sure you’ll get them right next time :)

  4. Try, try & try again! :) I know given a little more time, you’d get it figured out no problem. And thanks for the link-love, I appreciate it!

  5. Yummmm! I agree pumpkin donuts sound amazing!!

  6. Well, they still look good! I bet the next batch will be awesome!

  7. I’ve been wanting to make donuts for soooo long! A donut pan is on my Christmas list. I can’t wait until you perfect your recipe. I know they’ll be awesome!

  8. Aaw, but last minute attempts sometimes tend to go wrong for all of us. You dared all the same. :)
    The Alton Brown doughnuts are quite good, so I’m sure if you try the adaptation after giving it more thought, it will come out just fine.

  9. I’m glad you gave it a try, and told us about it. I left a comment for Shirley the other day about how people sometimes like seeing failures, because all of us have them. I’m sure you’ll come up with a great doughnut when you give it more time.

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