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Old 02-24-2012, 07:22 PM
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Are home donut makers worth it? Best models?

I love donuts of all kinds, but the best I can find in our town is some kind of concoction that claims to be a donut, but I have my doubts. And I think they are made a day in advance and called "fresh," which to my mind, should be illegal if they are more than 4 hours old.

So I've always wanted to make my own. I see dozens of models of donut makers from $14 to $100, each making 4-7 donuts per batch. Are these worth it?

The $100 one claims it "automatically forms, fries and drains tasty mini-donuts in just 50 seconds".

It looks like they are limited to small cake donuts, not large raised ones, but that is better than nothing, and anything fresh and hot would be an improvement over my currently boring and mundane existence. If I could bring a batch of hot donuts to my office in the morning, I'd be a big hit.

Any thoughts or recommendations?
Old 02-24-2012, 07:54 PM
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I've never used anything like that, but we do fresh donuts in our Thanksgiving turkey deep-fryer each year (before the turkey, of course, so they don't taste like bird). Dee-licious.
Old 02-24-2012, 10:51 PM
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I've never used anything like that, but we do fresh donuts in our Thanksgiving turkey deep-fryer each year (before the turkey, of course, so they don't taste like bird). Dee-licious.
Try them after next time. Maybe you will have discovered a new taste sensation. Mmmm, turkey donuts.
Old 02-24-2012, 11:14 PM
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I see dozens of models of donut makers from $14 to $100, each making 4-7 donuts per batch. Are these worth it?
They just look like waffle irons to me, in a different shape. Isn't a proper donut supposed to be deep-fried?
Old 02-24-2012, 11:16 PM
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{snip} Mmmm, turkey donuts.
With a gravy glaze. Yum!
Old 02-24-2012, 11:38 PM
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Try them after next time. Maybe you will have discovered a new taste sensation. Mmmm, turkey donuts.
I hate myself for saying it but I'd try one of those (and probably like it).
Old 02-25-2012, 06:54 AM
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They just look like waffle irons to me, in a different shape. Isn't a proper donut supposed to be deep-fried?
Glazed, raised donuts, yes. Aren't cake donuts (think dunking) baked (I'm no cook)?
Old 02-25-2012, 07:37 AM
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They just look like waffle irons to me, in a different shape. Isn't a proper donut supposed to be deep-fried?
Not too off the wall, just another variant on the cake dougnut; the 1950s Brown Bobby was pretty much a waffle iron designed to cook cake doughnuts, tarted up in a franchise scheme.
Old 02-25-2012, 08:23 AM
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Glazed, raised donuts, yes. Aren't cake donuts (think dunking) baked (I'm no cook)?
Nope. Cake donuts are made by an machine that plops ring-shaped bits of cake batter into hot oil. The plungers determine the final shape of the donut.

I used to be the "Time to make the donuts" guy in high school.

My thoughts are that the waffle iron style ones will be easy to use and last quite a while, but the donuts won't taste the same as bakery items. They'll probably still be tasty though.

The Nostalgia Electrics $100 machine is supposedly an updated version of the one ThinkGeek used to sell. That sucker makes proper cake donuts! I would have concerns about temperature control (The wrong temp will ruin them) and durability. But damn, I want one now.

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Old 02-25-2012, 08:32 AM
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Missed the edit window. Skip the auto donut machine. It got horrible reviews on Amazon. The waffle-iron ones have much better reviews.
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I once sent away for a cheapie donut pan, you mixed up a donut recipe and poured it into the forms and baked. Low-cal donuts, yay! They tasted just OK, were seriously lacking the deep-fried taste. But I can't get with pots of boiling oil in the house. There's a reason there are so many donut shops.
Old 02-25-2012, 10:27 AM
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There's a reason there are so many donut shops.
Yes, and it's the same reason why the ubiquitous (usually Cambodian-owned) donut shops of Los Angeles often also sell egg rolls, etc.

Or even fried chicken.
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Unfortunately for my neighborhood, all 27,000 county residents have to do without any donut shop at all. It's 50 miles to the nearest city with one. You can get donuts at 2 supermarkets and one lousy bakery, but they are not fresh and not good quality IMHO. Maybe there's a business opportunity here; certainly we have enough cops and truckers to justify a specialty donut shop.
Old 02-25-2012, 11:32 AM
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There's a reason there are so many donut shops.
Really? Damn, I wish I could find some in my area. (Massachusetts) I mean when I tried googling on it google keeps giving me Dunkin Donuts. (Most of which truck their donuts in.) I mean they're ok but not as good as having a donut that's been made in the last 4 hours, which is what they used to do. (The only Dunkins I know that cooks their donuts on site is in Weymouth. Oh and some you'll get a really stale one there.)
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We have a Krispy Kreme bakery 5 minutes away - perfect when I want the doughnut fix.

But a doughnut machine?
Just what I need - a gazillion more calories at the press of a button. I'll pass. Plus, I would probably do like I did with my bread machine - use it a lot at first and then, well...it went off to Goodwill.
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If you need donuts, move here to RI. There's a donut shop on every corner.
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If you need donuts, move here to RI. There's a donut shop on every corner.
I'm surprised RI is big enough for more than one. Don't you have to stack 'em?
Old 02-25-2012, 12:40 PM
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If you need donuts, move here to RI. There's a donut shop on every corner.
But isn't there only like four corners?

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We have Dunkin' Donuts, Tim Horton's, and there are donuts found in the bakery section of every grocery store. (Not including Freihoffers and Hostess, which look like donuts but don't apply here.) Wegmans has the best donuts, so good they're beyond donuts. There were Krispy Kremes up at the gas station for the longest time, don't know if they're still around. Donuts are everywhere!
Old 02-25-2012, 01:06 PM
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(The only Dunkins I know that cooks their donuts on site is in Weymouth. Oh and some you'll get a really stale one there.)
Can this really be true? I think the only justification for a donut shop at all is that they make their own donuts on site (usually at about 3:00am, so they'll be fresh for the earliest risers).
Old 02-25-2012, 04:26 PM
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Can this really be true? I think the only justification for a donut shop at all is that they make their own donuts on site (usually at about 3:00am, so they'll be fresh for the earliest risers).
That shop also has a 3 bay drive thru.

At the end of the day, what doughnuts remain are still a few days newer that what was delivered to the next franchise down the road.


Now if only DD's could do something about the coffee. I miss the local Timmy's
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I'm surprised RI is big enough for more than one. Don't you have to stack 'em?
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But isn't there only like four corners?

I know it's hard to believe. Go to this site, put in the area code 02921 (in the center of RI), and select a 20 mile radius. 50 Dunkin Donuts in RI will show up. And they aren't the only game in town. We have 5 Dunkins just in our town, plus a couple of Honeydews and some independents. Plus Dunkin Donuts are served and sold in other stores.

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Why not just deep fry your own? If you've never deep fried before, it's a ton of fun. It's scary at first, but it's pretty easy and really a lot of fun.
Old 02-25-2012, 08:00 PM
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Why not just deep fry your own? If you've never deep fried before, it's a ton of fun. It's scary at first, but it's pretty easy and really a lot of fun.
To make 6 at a time would take a pretty large surface-area container, right? And while I like deep-frying, it is a pretty messy process to do at home and the containers are impossible to clean and deteriorate rapidly. So a no-stick waffle-type device sounds like an improvement.
Old 02-29-2012, 10:26 PM
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That shop also has a 3 bay drive thru.

At the end of the day, what doughnuts remain are still a few days newer that what was delivered to the next franchise down the road.


Now if only DD's could do something about the coffee. I miss the local Timmy's
Yes, that's true. Even their worst donut is better than any other Dunkins. (I guess I should have been clearer that you can get a really stale donut at a Dunkins that doesn't make their own which is most of them.) Actually from what I've read that's the single busiest Dunkins on the planet. (Weird thing is years ago the stores all made their donuts on site and would advertise that they made donuts fresh every 4 hours. They don't do that anymore.)
Old 03-01-2012, 07:49 AM
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Years ago, a local quickstop carried a display case of Crispy Creme donuts, which would have had to be trucked in. Still, they tasted better and fresher than the ones the local supermarket bakery made. But the quickstop stopped carrying them. I donut know why.
Old 03-01-2012, 08:54 AM
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Here's a step-by-step home recipe from Pioneer Woman (who is not afraid of a little fat!):

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2...zed-doughnuts/
Old 03-01-2012, 10:16 AM
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To make 6 at a time would take a pretty large surface-area container, right? And while I like deep-frying, it is a pretty messy process to do at home and the containers are impossible to clean and deteriorate rapidly. So a no-stick waffle-type device sounds like an improvement.
Small self-contained deep fryers are inexpensive, eliminate spatter mess and trouble, and you can store and reuse the oil as long as you want to. I have the Presto "Cool Touch"/"Cool Daddy"
http://amazon.com/Presto-CoolDad.../dp/B00066XROE

You could probably only make about 2 at a time given the surface area of the oil holder but it takes about three minutes to cook. So it might take as many as 10 minutes to make 6.

More to the point, baked doughnuts are an abomination, and your OP suggested you want a doughnut that is *better* than a day old grocery store doughnut, not worse.

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Old 03-01-2012, 11:17 AM
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Small self-contained deep fryers are inexpensive, eliminate spatter mess and trouble, and you can store and reuse the oil as long as you want to. I have the Presto "Cool Touch"/"Cool Daddy"
http://amazon.com/Presto-CoolDad.../dp/B00066XROE
That has not been my experience. I had two of those models, and they are impossible to clean, collect dirt on the spattered oil, and generally turn too grungy to use after a few months, so I throw them out. It's cheaper to use an old saucepan, which is going to get just as grungy, but at least it's cheap to discard.

I've ordered one of the waffle-type cookers and we'll see how it works. For $18 including shipping, it will be an experiment. Which one did I order? The pretty bright red one, of course.

There's always the July garage sale if it doesn't work.

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