I wanted to try baking donuts after reading a blog post about them on King Arthur's Blog (http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2012/01/16/baked-doughnuts-three-ways-this-triple-play-is-a-homerun/). I was lacking a donut pan though, a fact which Don and I remedied last Wednesday night when downtown in Traverse City, purchasing one at the kitchen shop, Peppercorn (http://peppercorntc.com).
I baked a dozen donuts to put into Patrick and Julie's Christmas gift basket, but get this, I have no idea as to how they tasted!!!! I baked them Friday afternoon, the day when they were coming to celebrate Christmas with us (they're driving over to visit Julie's family in the Thumb for Christmas), and I didn't get them finished until the kids had already arrived! I had to discretely bag them and carry them to the walk in closet where I had their gift basket stored, not being able to sample one beforehand! LOL "Hopefully", the kids will give me a critique on how good they were. :)
I did manage to get a photo of them in the early stages of cooling. They came out perfectly shaped (if I do say so myself) so I will have to try another batch soon........one that I can taste! LOL