October 7, 2013

It is a Monday in October.

Hello friends! I have been here. And then not here. (I went to Portland to see a girlfriend I grew up with in Hawaii and to have a wee visit and photograph her kids!) And now I am here again. This week I will have apple pie for you, Halloween books for you, and a dark-&-stormy-night post for you. But today I have only.....

......picture frames.

Oh and in the fyi portion of this post, I had some apple cider doughnuts this weekend in Portland, and I can honestly say I have now had pure doughnut perfection. And I have come to a sad (?) realization. I have been busy busy bee pinning away baked pumpkin and apple doughnut recipes on Pinterest, recipes that I have not tried, but I think it has all been a waste of time because I think that the perfect doughnut can only be fried.

Your thoughts? Really. I want to know, not to be an annoying blogger finishing a blog post with a question, but because I think I've known this DEEP IN MY SOUL, and I didn't want to believe it, but doughnuts.....they must be fried, yes?  My girlfriend pointed out that if they are baked, they are little cakes. And they might be great little cakes, but they are not doughnuts.

I really don't want to deal with deep fat frying. That scares me. Should it scare me? There's another question for ya.

20 comments:

  1. I am not on expert on the question but I think the doughnuts must indeed be fried. But I think it tastes good and it's ok to eat them as long as you don't over-indulge :) Have a great weak!

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    1. These doughnuts were so tender and light inside and crispy on the outside! Divine.

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    2. I meant to write "week" of course (facepalm). I used to be a big (no pun intended) of doughnuts until the Krispe Kreme shop close its door in my town. Since then I eat less doughnuts which is probably better for me LOL

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  2. Apple cider donuts make my heart sing.

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  3. So funny, I have this recipe open in my browser right now. http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2012/09/07/pumpkin-doughnuts-baked-to-perfection/?crlt.pid=camp.HKq9C4Vi9pjO As you read through it says that you can make it in a muffin tin (if you don't have a doughnut pan) but then its just a muffin.....Hmmmmm.....maybe then its just a muffin with a hole in the middle........

    BUT - I don't know how close you'll close to that commercially fried bite of heaven at home. Deep frying things well is tricky business but if you do & you nail it - we need a tutorial! :D

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    1. I'll check out that recipe! I had all these great make doughnut at home ambitions. And then I had these others, and thought, why even make the attempt? When there is this kind of GREATNESS out there in the world? (i'm such a defeatist, heh)

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  4. I am a firm believer that a donut must be fried. And spelled like they do at the donut shops: d-o-n-u-t. Then, and only then, is it truly a donut. ;)

    I have one of those little fry daddy friers and have long been tempted to try making donuts. Honestly, though, I've been too scared to get it out after having kids. It never seemed dangerous before... but now that I have three little bees buzzing around me all the time I just can't bring myself to do it.

    The donuts you had in Portland sound divine. I once had fresh blueberry donuts in Eugene and I swear they were the best donuts ever. Maybe it's an Oregon thing? ;)

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    1. ha ha ha! you are so utterly correct, as usual. Fresh blueberry doughnuts. Oh my stars. That sounds amazing!

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  5. I believe they must be fried. And I let Mr. B deal with any fry daddying that takes place in this house. Also, I don't make donuts at home. I go to to the Donut Whole (our Wichita version of Voodoo Donuts) or Krispy Kreme or somewhere instead. I do make pumpkin pie at home, though, which I shall do later this week, just because. I need more coffee. This is how I talk in real life in the mornings when I want to go back to bed and need more coffee. The picture frames are absolutely beautiful, by the way. (It took me three tries to properly type - here I go again! - absolutely. Two tries that time.) I love how the frames are mismatched, yet they harmonize so well together on your wall. :)

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    1. Guess what! I hung those with no pattern or planning or mock grid or NUTHIN! And that is why if you look closely in person, there are teeny tiny holes everywhere. I straighten them all the time b/c nothing makes my OCD flare out of control more than askew frames. Sometimes they fall off when Julia and her friends vigorously run up the stairs. They're all coming crashing down if we have an earthquake. And yet, I love my frame wall. :)

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  6. Ms. melissa, Brother M and I shared more apple cider donuts upon my return home. AND the chocolate coconut ones. Holy cow. Donuts truly are better in Oregon.

    And yes, they must be fried.:-)

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    1. yo, Andrew ate one for breakfast and his assessment: "They're pretty good. For a cake doughnut." (which is Andrew-speak high praise.)

      A million, trillion thank yous for bringing this doughnut epiphany into my life........

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  7. I make baked donuts simply because everything I try to fry at home has turned out "not tasty". And yes, they are really just cakes or muffins shaped like donuts and they are simply not the same. Yummy, but not the same. Perhaps I should ask for frying food cooking lessons for Christmas. Do you think they have those anywhere?

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    1. I tell you, Jamie Oliver and his food revolution would be terribly disappointed in us......tee hee :)

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  8. I have no idea about the donuts. but I really like your picture of pictures in frames. Sweet tiny Julia!!! xoxo

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    1. My neighbor (an awesome photographer) took that one of J when she was about 3 and I love it so dearly. It's one of very favorite photos. Made me realize how truly important family photography is!

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  9. Well crap, now I want a donut-- or a little cake, either-- with my apple pie--- THANKS ALOT!! (I guess that's what I get for reading everything all on the same day...all sorts of food cravings.)
    Also, Portland, isn't that the home of Voodoo Donuts? I believe many of their donuts are not nearly as refined as your apple cider donuts (I think they are quite famous for the bacon maple bar) but next time you'll have to go there and see if they have donut perfection...odd all the Oregon donut stuff, who would have thought?

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    1. you know, call me crazy (as many others have :), but I'm not that fond of Voodoo Donuts. I had them a few yrs back, and they were...just too much. I don't really need sugar cereal on my doughnut, you know? But I could have eaten 3 of these cider doughnuts every day of the week. Oh and when we were there, they had a sample tray of plain glazed that had JUST COME FROM THE FRYER or whatever. They were nice and warm. Amazing!

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  10. donuts. they MUST be fried. that is all.

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