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Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts: Secrets and Recipes for the Home Baker Hardcover – September 21, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
If I do have one quibble with this book - and I do - it is that I had to spend a good hour or so hunting for my reading glasses in order to read the directions, but the results I had were well worth the hunt.Read more ›
However, upon receipt of the book, I found that the type is in a pale gray ink, in a small point font. I am what some people would call elderly (I don't quite feel that way, however) and wear reading glasses. To try to read the recipe I also got a magnifying glass and stood under the brighest light I could find. The fractions were impossible for me to read clearly and that may be why that recipe for old fashioned doughnuts didn't turn out very well.
I haven't tried another recipe because I can't read them. I just don't understand why publishers sacrifice function for form. What's wrong with black ink and a larger font? I've thought seriously about photocopying it enlarged to about 150%; perhaps then it would be legible.
If you have excellent vision then you may be able to make outstanding doughnuts from this book. As published, I can't.
The book emphasizes three basic kinds of doughnuts, and I have made all three: (a) cake doughnuts, (b) yeast raised doughnuts (a traditional glazed), (c) old fashioned doughnuts (the Starbucks doughnut). It then offers a bunch of variations on each theme. Cake doughnut variations include different flavorings for the doughnut itself, including chocolate, spicy, coconut, lemon, etc. plus a variety of topping suggestions. Yeast/traditional glazed include different shapes and also apple fritters. Old fashioned include different topping ideas.
Here are my thoughts after having made cake doughnuts, glazed yeast doughnuts, apple fritters, and old fashioned.
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I have tried various internet recipes for making donuts which all have yielded an heavy dense product nothing like what you get in a doughnut shop.
So I gave this book a shot.
I made the triple coconut cake doughnut. It was divine. They were a little difficult to handle due to such a wet sticky dough but I have to say they were the epitome of what a cake donut should be and were far better than 90% of the doughnut shops I've been to.
The directions though technical, are easy to follow but I will say that some degree of baking experience is really needed.
I would suggest a person watch some doughnut making videos on you tube to get a grasp of the process.
I do agree with others that the print could be better....larger and/or darker.
I will post a photograph of the finished product.
Thank you Top Pot for sharing your recipes
Update 6/11/13-I have now made the raised donuts, apple fritters and blackberry fritters. I made 6 round donuts with part of the raised dough and then used the scraps for the fritters which worked out perfectly. The less you handle the dough, the better your product will be and it's very difficult to get a good donut from the scraps. They were fabulous.
I did not use agar for the glaze but you really do not need it. I also made the coconut cake donuts again only this time I rolled the dough in a rectangle and cut it in 1 inch by 5 inch pieces and made donut sticks. I chilled them again before frying because they are much easier to handle. YUM!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was OK if you were making donuts every day,I just wanted something for a cookPublished 22 days ago by pamela
Good book with all the tricks for getting that icing right and lots of recipes for all types of doughnuts Cake (heaviest coverage), Raised, fritters, twists, bismarks, bullseyes,... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Jim Black
Fresh donuts any time you want. What could be better than that?Published 3 months ago by John Bellecourt
It isn't exactly what I was looking for but has many good ideas which I will try in the future.Published 4 months ago by Charley2326
I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of doughnut recipes in this book, along with the explanations and the feeling that I got that I could be successful in making these... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kristi B.
Best doughnuts ever! Bought as a gift and read other reviews that were spot on. Print is small but not a problem.Published 4 months ago by T
Forget Weekend Pancake Mom. Pancakes are boring. Everyone makes pancakes.
Be a star in your kids eyes and whip up a batch of amazing doughnuts in no time at all. Read more
One of the best donut books I have ever seen, tips n recipes are the best of all the I have. A must need book for any baker!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book I have made several of the recipe's and they have turned out great. I like the easy on the eye print... Read morePublished 5 months ago by only1u