Krispy Kreme copycat doughnuts

I   L O V E   W A R M   K R I S P Y   K R E M E   D O N U T S  ! ! !

My kids always asks for a donut whenever we’re at the local grocery store getting fresh produce since the tempting display of those sugar-coated fried concoctions are right next to the veggies. Who thought to place donuts next to the produce section?   I usually cut them right off and continue with our shopping, but I am human and have fallen prey to their chewy, oozy, deliciousness.  We don’t have a Krispy Kreme in the vicinity of our small town and would have to drive 15 mins to hop on the freeway, then drive another 15 mins (without traffic) or so to actually get to a Krispy Kreme… which is too far for me.  I did do it once when I was pregnant and at the end of my first trimester of morning sickness.  I took my two kiddos, strapped them into their carseats and turned it into an educational experience as they watched a fascinating contraption make their donuts from start to finish.  And at the end of it, they got their donuts with chocolate and sprinkles.

Well, I started a new tradition of doughnuts on Christmas morning last year and woke up at 5:30am to make the dough and have enough time for it to rise, but was not too keen on waking that early again.  So I racked my brain and remembered I had made challah dough the night before and let it rise slowly in the refrigerator! And it had been even more soft and delicious than if I had let it rise the regular way.  So I decided to try that same method with these doughnuts and it was even better than last year’s doughnuts!!!
So Christmas eve, I made the dough, covered, and placed in the fridge overnight, then rolled out, cut and fried them at 8am-ish Christmas morning and got to eat them before opening presents from Santa.  I’ve made this recipe before and it  made SO much that  I decided to halve the recipe (below) this time.   Good, big batch though if you have family in town to help you eat them, but not an impossible feat for a family of 5 over a couple days.  I made a little of the white glaze and some chocolate glaze and added Xmas sprinkles to add holiday cheer. 🙂  They were DELICIOUS!
last year’s HUGE batch of donuts that we ended up delivering to neighbors.
Krispy Kreme Copycat (Full batch)

adapted from food.com

makes about 2 dozen donuts

Doughnuts
2 (1/4 oz) packages yeast
¼ cup warm water
1 ½ cup warm milk, scalded, then cooled
½ cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup butter
5 cups all-purpose flour
Canola oil
Creamy Glaze
1/3 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4-6 TB Evaporated milk (regular milk or water okay too
*Add 4 oz milk chocolate or semisweet chocolate for Chocolate glaze (melt w/ butter)



Directions
1.       Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl.
2.       Add milk, sugar, salt, eggs, butter and mix
3.       Add only 2 cups of flour and mix on medium speed for about 2 mins, scraping bowl.
4.   Add remaining 3 cups flour and mix until smooth dough forms
5.       Place dough in a large, greased bowl and cover.  Place in draft-free spot
6.       Let rise for 1-2 hrs.
7.    Roll dough on floured surface to about ¼ inch thickness
8.       Cut with 3-4 inch round cutter and about 1inch for the small donut hole
9.       Let it rest for about 10 mins
10.   Heat oil in a fryer or saucepan with plenty of oil (at least 2 inches deep) Heat to 350-375F
11.   Carefully slide doughnuts into the hot oil and let fry about 1 min on each side. 
12.   Remove and place on a plate covered with paper towels
13.   Make the Creamy Glaze by microwaving the butter until liquid (for Chocolate glaze, melt with chocolate on low heat)
14.   Add powdered sugar and vanilla and mix
15.   Add milk slowly until you reach desired consistency.

Thanks for reading,
Toki

Striped Henley-type knit dress

I have a folder on my comp where I save pics of kids’ clothes that I like for future reference, and I decided to try this dress out from GAP.

 I know the dress I made doesn’t exactly look like this henley dress from GAP, but this is what I got my inspiration from.  
First off, I used the pattern I had for my daughter (which I made from tracing her shirt, add seam allowance), then cut out sleeves, and cut out two strips of fabric double the width of the bottom of the dress for the ruffles.

You can see I folded the solid color fabric so it’s double the width of the bottom.

Then sew the shoulders together with right sides of fabric facing each other.

Then get your sleeves and do a gather stitch and gather until it fits your armhole

Pin the sleeves onto the armhole then sew it together (again, right sides of fabric together)

This is what it should look like after you sewed on the sleeves

Now take the long strips you made for the ruffles, gather stitch them, then pin them onto the bottom of the dress w/ right sides together.  Sew it together

Now, this is another strip of fabric I cut to make the ruffles in the middle of the dress w/ the buttons.  I just eyed the measurements to what I thought would look good after gathering it.  Sew a gathering stitch in the middle and gather it.

Pin it onto the front, middle of the bodice and pin it in place.  

Sew it down with matching color thread then remove the loose gathering stitches so it looks neat.

Now for the neckline.  Take a good amount of solid fabric and iron it in half like so.

Then pin it onto the neckline while pulling the bias strip around the curves of the neckline.  So when you go to sew it on, you’ll have to stretch the bias strip.  That way your neckline isn’t stretched out and loose and ugly.

Now we’re going to add the elastic to the bottom of the sleeves, so iron and pin the bottom of the sleeve.  Make sure you leave enough room to pull the elastic and safety pin through.

After you sew the bottom of the sleeve, pull the elastic (with the help of a safety pin) through the sleeve to the opposite end, make sure you hold onto the other end of the elastic so it doesn’t get lost inside the sleeve. (I’m lazy and just stick the other end in my mouth…)

Then sew the sides of the dress and the bottom sides of the sleeve together with right sides of fabric together, and you’re done!!!  Oh, and just hand sew on the buttons.

I know the buttons look neon green, but they’re really not.  It’s a pretty combo w/ the navy blue.

"Easy Breezy Dress" copycat

Inspiration from Hanna Andersson
I got the Hanna Andersson catalog in the mail and saw this cute dress/shirt on the front page and thought it looked simple enough… just add ruffles, right?
I used about a 3/4 yard of the stripe fabric and about 1/2 yard of the solid pink fabric (for ruffles and neckline)
I used the same pattern I had for Avie (made by folding a shirt that fits her in half and tracing around it to make a pattern- adding seam allowance) and cut out a longer piece so it’s longer than a shirt.
I cut out a front and a back w/ this cute cotton knit fabric that I found at Joann’s, which actually is almost the same as the design in the “hanna” picture

I also cut out 4 long pieces 1  1/2″ strips for the ruffles (but I ended up needing a little more since the lower the dress, the longer strips I need for the entire front and back)
Also made and cut out 2 sleeves on the fold
I forgot to cut out the strip for the neckline but did it later.

Then pinned the shoulders together w/ right sides together and also pinned the sides and sewed it together.

I gathered the sleeves then pinned it onto the armhole and sewed it on

just like that

cut out another strip of fabric for the neckline.  Basically ironed the strip in half, then pinned it onto the right side of the fabric, pulling it at the curves (so it doesn’t stretch out the fabric when you stitch it), then sewed it together and ironed.
Now for the ruffles:

Use the strips you cut and gather them to make the ruffles (stitch w/ the longest stitch length and pull one side of the thread and it gathers), which I then pinned onto where I wanted them.

After you pin them on, sew it down (it’s pretty tedious… next time I think I’ll add regular cotton fabric for the ruffles instread of knit fabric.)

Here’s the finished product!
Notes to self:
*next time use cotton fabric for the ruffles and not knit fabric
*cut the sleeves shorter 
*make the neckline a little more higher around all sides of neck.
*and perhaps cut a thicker strip for the neckline bias
Now… wish I had more solid pink fabric to make those cute matching capri pants…