Monday, May 24, 2010

Doughnuts and Tents; or, My Weekend

When I was about 10 years old, my Grandmother made doughnuts with my little sister for a school project.  Hot, with a crispy outside and cakey inside, they were AMAZING.  Every once in a while, I try to recreate that experience, that recipe, but I'm usually unsucessful.  Enter Saturday morning.
We are (still) out of maple syrup, so pancakes were out of the question for breakfast, as were waffles. The same sister who made doughnuts with Gram has my aebleskiver pan, so those were a no go as well.  (I say that like I have more than one sis, lol.)  Decided to try the doughnuts again, and at least E was excited about it.  (See photo!)
     I used my newly aquired candy thermometer to get to oil to the right temp, which took FOR-EV-ER.  That must've been the problem with my previous attempts; without the thermometer I had no way of know that the oil wasn't up to temp.

The final result was fantastic!  Just the right consistency.  You should go buy a candy thermometer, right now!  Or ask for one for your birthday, which is how I got mine.  Thanks Gram!

Here's a tip: pitch your tent before you go on a trip, just so you know how to set it up and have all of the pieces.  Tip#2: don't do it in your living room.
We're preparing to go on our first camping trip and have a new tent, it seemed like a good idea to try and set it up.  Inside.

Haha.  Even with all of the furniture moved around, the tent was still a bit tweaked.  But hey, all the pieces were put together!  A & E got a kick out of playing in the tent with their new sleeping bags.  Makes me wonder if they'll actually sleep in them.  Guess we'll find out soon!


Holly Brim said...

So I used your aebleskiver pan yesterday morning with only a few casualties. I filled them up too high on the first go... But D got so into seasoning your pan that there's a 2 liter bottle of Coke on the counter so take the rust off the bottom. They were great with a little cherry jam in the middle!

Dixie said...

I'm impressed they didn't get eaten before getting sugared! Looks tastily amazing, Mara :)

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