Does your family have a lot of inside jokes? The kind that would make absolutely no sense to someone who isn’t in the loop and cause people to stare and wonder if you are all-there upstairs. My family has a lot of those and a few of them involve doughnuts.
If you spent any time around us you might hear one of us randomly blurt out, “Are those doughnuts?” The story behind this happened a really long time ago but still gets referred to all the time in my house. The funny thing about this joke is that I wasn’t even there for it. My parents were with my aunt, who is like a second mom to me, on a buisness trip. They were having a deep important conversation and a distant pastry box in someones arms caught my aunt’s eye and she blurted out “Are those Doughnuts?” Her tone implied that she was so distracted and excited about the possibility of doughnuts that nothing else could be more important. I don’t know if they ever found out if they were actually doughnuts but I don’t think they will ever let her forget it.
Anyway, I really wanted to make some doughnuts this morning but I didn’t have a doughnut pan. Meet the DIY doughnut pans/molds. This picture was my first try and I used only foil. I discovered that the doughnuts come out way better if you use parchment on top of the foil. Here’s how I did it:
- Start with some foil and paper towels or napkins.
- Place napkins in the center of the foil and roll into a rope.
- Wrap foil around napkins until they are completely covered.
- Curve into a circle and connect ends to form a, you guessed it, doughnut shape.
- Secure by wrapping another piece of foil around it tightly.
- Now take a piece of foil and use your foil doughnut to make a mold. The foil available here is is closer to tissue paper than actual foil so it took me a few tries before I discovered that you have to be careful not to rip the foil. Repeat for as many molds as you need.
- Repeat last step using parchment instead of foil and then layer them together with parchment on top.
- Spray with non-stick cooking spray and flour each pan very well. I skipped this step the first time and, let’s just say, I won’t do it again. Also, for flouring the pan I found that using powdered sugar tastes better and won’t dry the doughnuts out as much as flour. You can use flour or powdered sugar. You can also use a mixture of both.
- Now pour in your favorite doughnut batter and place molds on baking tray. (As you can see, I was in a hurry and made a little bit of a mess with the batter. This was like take number 5.)
- Bake and enjoy.