…started out a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. I swear everything I walked by fell off the wall. Everything I touched, I knocked over. Everything I held, I dropped. I was putting laundry in the washing machine and a pair of jeans caught the lid and toppled it over on my hand. I spent an hour scrubbing our shower stall and its awful glass doors and let’s just say it was less than fun.
There were 2 good things that happened today. The first one is that I *finally* attempted a Cheerwine glazed donut. Y’all know that Krispy Kreme released a Cheerwine donut last year – with mixed reviews. I had a bite of one and hated it. A few friends challenged me to redo the recipe…making a Cheerwine GLAZED donut. I thought about it for months. I’ve never made a donut before. But, I figured – replace the liquid in a regular glaze recipe with Cheerwine and how hard can it be?
We’ve talked about this before, right? My superwoman complex? This idea that I can do things I probably can’t?
But tonight I decided I would give it a go…
I found a seemingly fool proof donut recipe. I researched frying and how to do it correctly. I read a LOT of the reviews on the donut recipe. And I got ready.
I carefully and very exactly measured everything – including temperatures – to make sure the dough rose like it was supposed to. Sometimes, I get impatient and kill yeast. I don’t have anything against yeast and I don’t mean to kill it. It just happens.
I mixed the ingredients together:
PS…kneading bread dough is WAY easier with a Kitchen Aid. *swoon*
Now it was time to put the dough in the oven to rise:
(Here is where I MAY or MAY NOT HAVE done a “My dough is rising” happy dance and high fived myself.)
I gently rolled out the dough and cut out the donut shapes – let rise again until about double.
Gave a big ol’ Chuck Norris roundhouse kick to the face of deep frying FEAR and heated the oil to 350 degrees. I slid the donuts into the oil and got to FRYIN y’all! (What, I watched Paula Deen today…I can’t help it)
While still warm, it was time to dip the donuts in glaze.
Side note: My glaze was a sorry, sorry attempt at a Cheerwine flavor. I tried everything. I tried reducing the soda down to a syrup for a stronger flavor. I tried adding cream cheese for a thicker glaze. I tried adding lots of Cheerwine and lots of sugar. But in the end, I got a mostly sugar flavored with a hint of Cheerwine glaze that isn’t at ALL what I was hoping for. Ah well. They still taste pretty good and I’m proud of my very first attempt at making donuts!
Mmmmm. This is where you proceed to eat a warm, freshly glazed donut and do another happy dance. Perhaps another high five with yourself. You know, if you were a geek. Which I’m not.
Also…the 2nd good thing that happened to me today? I finally figured out how to email (AND DELETE) multiple pictures at one time from my iPhone. I’ve only had the darn thing for a year. I had all but decided it must be impossible. Thank goodness for Google.