I’ve been really lazy in updating my actual food blog and for that I apologize. I’m going to do my best to remedy that.
I’ve decided that I’m going to start a new category, called: Dinners with Johnny.
Johnny is my brother and lived with me for over seven years. He moved in when my ex and I were still together and stayed with for seven years after my ex and I divorced. We had our moments of struggle and frustrations, just like any siblings (especially adult siblings, living together) but he became a major source of companionship and support to myself and my kids.
This fall, I sold my home and we had to part as roommates–him moving just across the lake and myself, down the road. It was important that I not lose the time with him after we moved into separate households.
With Tuesdays being my day off, we have fallen into a weekly dinner night so that we can keep that connection strong. This gives us time to visit, watch stupid tv together and for me to feed my culinary passions. I love the planning stage, just as much as I love the preparing.
So, that said…Welcome to “Dinners with Johnny: A Weekly Series”
I loved Fred the Baker and I still giggle when I hear that phrase. I remember growing up and watching the Dunkin Donuts commercials. “Time to make the doughnuts. I made the doughnuts……”
In my younger days, I worked at a grocery store that had an in-house bakery. The biggest part of my job was making the doughnuts. Having to start work at 3:30 am often found me muttering, “It’s time to make the doughnuts…..” Even though they were early hours, making doughnuts was a fun job. After I got the hang of it, turning doughnuts with sticks was a blast. It was not unlike playing drums with food–at least that’s how my imagination played out for me.
My baking adventure this weekend was actually deep fried but who’s keeping track? It’s still a pastry, and you can bake them, but where’s the fun in that?
I’ve never understood the fascination with Krispy Kremes. Sure, I tried them once, fresh off the conveyor, but I just don’t think they’re “all that”. With that as my disclaimer, I found this recipe on Instructables and decided to use it for the actual doughnut dough.
This recipe was really simple to follow and everything went according to plan until I pulled the formed doughnuts out to fry them. I should have dusted the pans more liberally than I did because they stuck and flattened when I tried to pick them up. Oh well. Live and learn, right?
I had already decided that I was going to maple glaze these babies and this is the recipe that I came up with:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/8 cup light corn syrup
- 1/8 cup maple cream
- 1/4-1/2 cup maple syrup
- pinch of salt