Sunday, February 25, 2007

Rorschach Donuts

Gluten-free cooking is often an adventure.

Some things come out wonderfully. I make a mean coffee cake. I have several chocolate cake recipes that are delicious. My gluten-free waffles are better than my original waffles. If SJ, hadn't hidden my waffle iron on me, I'd make them occasionally.

Some recipes convert more easily than others.

Things that have to be rolled out are especially difficult. Many things have to be patted out instead or dropped in globs on the baking sheet.

While there are some good donut recipes in my cookbooks, I have tried in vain to duplicate some of my mother's donut recipes she has handed to me.

The first time I tried to convert one, I wasn't especially experienced in gluten-free cooking. I tried again today with increased confidence and a chocolate recipe. They were ghastly.

One thing you don't do around here is tell the kids that you're making donuts and then say, "Oops, they came out crappy. No donuts for you."

That is a way to ensure you will be sleeping with one eye open.

After my chocolate donuts failed, I pulled out my Betty Hagman cookbook and found a recipe I knew was good. The only problem is that you are supposed to have a donut maker. I don't have one, nor do I need yet another kitchen gadget taking up space in my already cluttered kitchen.

No worries. All you really have to do is glop some donut batter off a spoon and watch the fun begin. You never know what they will be shaped like.

I bring you.....

Da Da Dum.....


The one in the middle looks like something to me but I want other opinions first to see if we match up.

This one looks like jellyfish after a science experiment gone awry.

If Old Hoss still visited, I'm sure he'd see that this one looks like a dung beetle.


Blogger Lori said...

I will take the middle one sugar coated please. ;)

5:29 PM  
Blogger paula said...

A penis perhaps?

What do I win?

5:34 PM  
Blogger Caro said...

Lori - If we had star trek technology I'd beam it to you.

Paula - Not a penis, but if I could find the penis shaped cheeto I used to own, I'd mail it to you!

5:40 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

C, you crack me up. I bet your kids are never bored ;) I thought the last one looked a bit like a bull, with little horns.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

Dung beetle it is! I won't touch the middle one.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Ty said...

That last one does look like a dung beetle!

7:17 PM  
Blogger Caro said...

Bearette - It does look rather bulllike. And I think all kids get bored. It's their mantra. "I'm boooooooored."

Roxanne - Surprisingly, the middle one didn't look sexual to me. Everything else in life does. :P

Ty - But happily it didn't taste like a dung beetle.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

In the first picture, the doughnut on the far right looks like a whale :)

8:38 PM  
Blogger CheerleadingTechie said...

The first plate kinda reminds me of a plate full of random things my dad has fried up in the kitchen...

And some of them look like my funnell cakes... they don't look pretty... but with fruit and whip cream they're SOOO yummy!

8:44 PM  
Blogger MsCellania said...

You are a wonderful mama to go to all the effort, Caro. I know how important it is keeping SJ on his diet - but My GOD! I cannot imagine not making my gramma's white flour/white sugar/LARD (yes! Lard!) donuts!

Ummm - a seahorse?

9:12 PM  
Blogger MsCellania said...

Oh - looking at the wrong one!
Never mind about the sea horse. I have no idea. But if you called them donuts, I would eat one - no matter the appearance!

9:14 PM  
Blogger Waspgoddess said...

Oh, I love your baking pictures, they are just the best :) I bet they were yummy!

I think the one in the centre of the top picture looks like Gollum from Lord of the Rings.

7:02 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Upon arriving at the TMI Spot I quickly scrolled down the page and saw the picture before I'd read the post.

They looked like poop to me. Does that mean I want to sleep with my father?

7:25 AM  
Blogger Caro said...

Bearette - It was all puffed up like a whale too.

Techie - I make funnel cakes like that. I don't know how the people at the fair get them all perfect.

MsCellania - It is aggravating not being able to convert some things. Willing to share your grandma's recipe? It sounds decadent. And it does kind of look like a seahorse.

Waspgoddess - Your guess was very similar to what it looked like to me.

Liz - If you think those look like poop, you should have seen the chocolate ones. I can't help you with your Dad question though. LOL

8:59 AM  
Blogger Caro said...

Mscellania - I meant the donut looked like a seahorse, not your grandma's recipe. Must proof read!

8:59 AM  
Blogger Dandelion said...

A penis? My god, what kind of men have you been hanging out with, paula?

I think it looks like a corkscrew, or a hammer, or one big penis being poked into at right angles by a little penis on a string.

The left hand doughnut looks like a pear, and the right hand one could be an aubergine.

10:14 AM  
Blogger craftydabbler said...

To me the one in the middle of the plate with the pattern around the rim looks like a fetus.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Caro said...

Dandelion - I am, for once, speechless as I am laughing so hard.

Craftydabbler - It does look fetus like and how ironic that the one just above it to the right resembles a sperm cell.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Mary Poppins said...


And that's a lot for me...

11:36 AM  
Blogger Mary Poppins said...

But..I applaud your bravery....I just go shop for g/f stuff already made...

11:36 AM  
Blogger Dandelion said...

Caro don't keep us in suspense. What did you think the middle one looked like?

11:42 AM  
Anonymous mad rabbit said...

Im thinking of a plate full of sperm and a Killer Whale.
Second plate looks like a penis microphone (here just hum into this) Aside from animal droppings I'm sure I would see more if I had more time.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I meant, you know, that it looked like kitty-littery cat box poop (lest you leave with the mistaken impression that I think all human poop looks like that)

(which, of course, I don't)

(and by which I mean no offense, of course, if your poop actually does look like that)

11:49 AM  
Blogger Caro said...

Mary - I haven't found gf donuts locally. That would be great!

Dandelion - It will be anti-climatic after all the wonderful answers you ladies gave.

MR - So how does that microphone work on karaoke night?

Liz - None taken. Mwahahahahaha

12:18 PM  
Blogger velcro said...

why do they all look like embryoes in varying stages to me?

1:01 PM  
Blogger Caro said...

Velcro - Hmmmm, I wonder. :)

1:04 PM  
Blogger badgerdaddy said...

Genius. Absolute genius. 'Caro', as I must now call you, this post is unbelievable.

Fantastic. I just laughed out loud - I very, very rarely laugh out loud.

Also, I was stunned into silence as my brain tried to compute the possibilities of what they all looked like. It was just too much, and I think I fainted for a minute.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Caro said...

Badgerdaddy - I'm glad you enjoyed. I enjoyed all the assorted answers too!

And you can still call me Carolyn. I'm not picky.

10:58 AM  

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