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NEW CASTLE —
Yesterday, I prepared doughnuts from scratch for the first time. It was an adventure.
I've always had a mini obsession with doughnuts. In college, I once gave a presentation on the past, present, and future of doughnuts. To this day, some five years later, I still regularly visit the website of one of my sources, the Doughnut Plant.
If you haven't heard of the Doughnut Plant, you need to visit the website as well (or watch a little more Food Network). But for now, I'll fill you in.
The Doughnut Plant is located in New York City (two locations, actually) and is owned by Mark Isreal. Isreal uses his grandfather's doughnut recipe to make the most amazing doughnuts ever. Now, I've never tasted one, but I've looked at many photos and read many reviews that confirm the doughnuts are the most amazing ever.
Isreal started his business in an apartment building basement, where he made his doughnuts throughout the night and then delivered them by bicycle to customers in the morning. That's dedication.
To make my own homemade doughnuts, I followed a how-to video from Jenna Blackwell at About.com. She made the process look so simple, and I'm sure for cooks more experienced than me, it is simple.
For me, not so much.
How to Make a Homemade Doughnut
I'm not sure how many doughnuts this recipe was meant to yield, but I ended up with eight doughnuts. Of those eight, after mistakes and taste-testing, about four survived (Photo 6). They actually tasted pretty good!
I made my own lemon icing for the doughnuts, also from stratch (Photo 7). I will share that recipe next week.