The biggest social event of the season in the little town where I live is “Twin Peaks Night”. I know, sad, but true. Hey, don’t judge, this is a really tiny town! Anyway, a recurring theme in Twin Peaks is the consumption of vast quantities of donuts by the local police force and the FBI agent sent in to solve Laura Palmer’s murder, so I decided to make donuts for the party.
Then I remembered that I’ve never been good at making donuts. If you want a recipe for good, homemade donuts, I would suggest you go here www.thepioneerwoman.com/
When I want yummy donuts, I go see these guys
However, if you want to make a GIANT Donut for your Twin Peaks Night or Miami Vice Night or whatever kind of night your neighborhood may have, here’s how.
You can buy one online, but it really is a shame to pass up any excuse to walk around Williams Sonoma for an hour or two. I made the cake according to the directions on the box:
3 cups of all-purpose flour
2 t baking powder
1 1/2 t salt
1 1/3 cups milk
1 1/2 t vanilla extract
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs, slightly beaten
Start by sifting together the following on a sheet of waxed paper
Add the granulated sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition
Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk and vanilla extract mixture and beginning and ending with the flour.
Beat each addition until just incorporated, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Grease and flour both halves of your handy dandy giant donut pan
Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and tap the pans on the countertop to eliminate any air bubbles. Spread the batter up the sides of each pan so the sides are higher than the center (Important).
Bake until the cakes begin to pull away from the sides of the pans and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer the pans to a wire rack and let the cakes cool for 15 minutes. Invert the pans onto the rack and let cool completely for at least two hours.
Ok, so someone got a little carried away taking action pictures of mixers, etc. etc. and this post is becoming waaaayyyy too long. So, I’ll end it here for today and finish it in a day or two. So, if you want to see the rest of it, come back in a few days. I veered away from Williams Sonoma’s recipe at this point, so this will be a good place to end!