These are baked doughnuts from this recipe. They are the greatest ever. They are dangerously good: eat them until you're sick kind of good.
Mr. Crafty was of the opinion that they were a little heavy on the sugar. I think that's simply impossible, but then I could happily live on Junior Mints and Laffy Taffy.
You will notice, I'm sure, that they don't have holes in them. I wonder, are they still doughnuts without the distinctive doughnut shape? I don't know, all I know is that those little holes were going to take forever and a day to cut out and I couldn't be bothered. Also, the second rolling of the dough was so much tougher than the first that I was concerned about being able to use those little cut out pieces at all, as the holes cut out of the doughnuts from the second rolling were going to have to be rolled out a third time since I didn't want to waste the dough.
I used only 2/3 of the butter recommended in the final stages, as 1/4 cup of butter is a lot of butter, especially when your conscience demands that you buy organic free range dairy. That's almost two dollars' worth of butter, you know? The doughnuts were none the worse for it, though.
They are being showcased on my lovely vintage brown transferware serving dish. Apparently brown was the cheapest color one could acquire until Martha Stewart proclaimed her love for it, making prices rise in response. Oprah Winfrey once did that to my favorite kind of bra. I still haven't forgiven her, and grumble every time I shell out the sixty dollars to replace an old one.
Anyway, Martha aside, this dish is one of my favorites. It's in pretty bad condition, as it looks like it was often kept in the oven to keep things warm. There are some places where the pottery has literally cooked, and some grease has seeped in through the cracks in the finish. I love that about it, though. I like to think about a woman keeping breakfast warm on this dish while making the coffee one hundred years ago. I also like the fat little brown birds all over it. Besides, it's perfect for holding baked doughnuts as they cool.