Thursday, January 1, 2009

Diet Schmiet, and an introduction

Would you be starting any New Years diet if this were a breakfast option?

Homemade, still warm, yummy doughnuts! Jim and I made these this morning as a New Years treat. They are time consuming (rising time is a total of 90 minutes), they are not good for you (um, they are fried in oil), but they are so darn yummy.

I followed Altons recipe.
I will warn you that
1 They are time consuming
2 Alton is a big proponent of measuring certain ingredients by weight and I follow this method in my baking, so I don't know how the ounces of flour would convert

Knowing this, I tell you...GO GO GO make these.

I made my own coffee flavored glaze for the doughnuts, and must say it was delightful. If you want to give it a whirl, combine:
3-4 T brewed coffee (thank you Giovanni)
1 C confectioners sugar
1/2 t vanilla extract

Then add sprinkles if you are feeling crazy.

I went with sprinkles and a hazelnut latte (again, I shout out to Giovanni)

Who you ask is Giovanni? my pals Giovanni

Santa brought Giovanni to the Andersons and there was an immediate connection. He makes espresso, coffee, lattes, cappuccino and more with the press of a button. We have trained (read programmed) Gi-Gi (only I can call him that, he and Jim are still working out nicknames) so that we hit one button and get a pre-measured coffee at our desired strength. I like a mild 8 ounce coffee first thing in the morning, Jim goes for our own version of the Americano - two three ounce shots of extra strong coffee topped off with hot water. Gi-Gi does it all.

Here he is in action making my very first cappuccino from the machine:

And there is the finished product. Nice froth and foam, perfect strength. True love. I would say I love it a latte, but I am just not that dorky. Well, I am actually and I kind of said it.

I need to recap the 12 days of Christmas from my friends, give a year end recap, get back to Writers Workshop, talk about being anti-resolution and much more. I have been a bit of a slacker, but I'll be back on track now that everything is winding down.


Jennifer P. said...

ok--love the flowers, love the apron, love that we both wrote poems for Christmas--and now the donuts! We made some Christmas Eve--but just using refrigerated biscuit dough so I'm sure they weren't nearly as yummy. Yours with the sprinkles look better than Krispy Kreme.

And since I've resolved not to resolve, I could have a donut and not even blink an eye ;)!

Wishing you all the best in the new year. Thank you so much for your support!

ManicMandee said...

No dieting for me for now! I want those donuts by the way.
And I have to tell you that it is a HUGE compliment to me that you like my playlist. You can totally have it! Tell me the course you want to go to have it. I can try copying the code and giving it to you and you can paste it into your blog. I'm not positive if that would work though. Or if you want me to make you your own playlist I can do that too. You let me know.