"Just no more cookbooks!" is a phrase often repeated around Christmas and Rob's birthday here at our house. This guy of mine is notoriously difficult to shop for ("I have everything I need!"). It is however, all too tempting for me as someone who loves books and loves Rob to want to add to his quickly growing cook book collection, but in truth, he has a few cherished favorites that he uses almost always to plan our meals and adventures in eating. When I saw Top Pot's book, I bent our rule of no more cookbooks.
Top Pot Hand Forged Doughnuts is a Seattle based doughnut legend that is consistently voted best doughnut in the area. People seem to love their doughnuts and rave about their tasty creations. Rob likes to indulge in a doughnut every day few doughnuts when he travels to Seattle for work. He even braved TSA to bring one home for me on one of his trips. It was so, so good.
So for Rob's birthday, I knew Top Pots cookbook would be a hit... and that it would prompt testing and doughnut eating. Last weekend while I was busily sewing in the loft, Rob was making the "Glazed Ring Doughnuts". They were so delicious, eaten plain or with a bit of sugar. We bought a candy/deep fry thermometer and it was well worth it. At the same time that we are getting used to doughnut making, we are also getting used to our new oven's bread proofing settings. Rob felt like the oven was a bit too dry to really do its best on the doughnut dough in its rising phases, I thought they were fluffy and wonderful. Rob's final verdict was that more practice needs to happen, and that is just something I'm not going to disagree with or complain about! The cookbook is filled with recipes for other things besides doughnuts or baked goods that can be made with left over doughnuts. Left over doughnuts? Not in this house. Maybe with more practice. Happy weekend everyone, hope it finds you enjoying whatever it brings your way.