Happy New Year!
Mark and I decided to have a doughnut cook-off on New Year’s Day. I’ve only made them a few times and the last time was probably 15 years ago.
So we used Mark’s Grandma’s recipe. Ingredients only, of course. No instructions.
I went searching for the method for doughnut-making and decided to compare Grandma’s recipe with one from one of my favorite basic cookbooks.
The recipes are quite similar. But the older recipe has sweet cream. 😉 Score one for Grandma!
The newer one uses cake flour instead of all-purpose.
Here is a shameless plug for my favorite mixer ever! My dad bought this for me in 1990 when I first started my baking business. It never missed a beat. Ever. But I bought a new one (it is a pretty red color) in 2006. The bowl capacity is larger, but it is sooooo not my old mixer. Still a Kitchenaid but much noisier, clunkier (is that a word?) and gets hot after just a bit of a workout. 😦
Of course, for the big jobs, we pull out the big guns. Very old and very reliable.
Back to the topic at hand! After the chill, we had to find a doughnut cutter. THAT was not a problem! I seem to have a plethora of cutters; new, old, round, square.
So I picked the more old-fashioned style for Grandma’s recipe. It just made sense.
And the more common, newer style for the Cooking A to Z recipe.
Winner! Hands down! Thanks Grandma Skordahl!
Here’s to old recipes, old mixers, and old friends! All the best in 2014 to old friends and new. 😉