Reviewed by Jen Kulman

I can vouch for the accuracy of the title. These doughnuts are simple to make at home and quite delicious. Don’t let the slim volume fool you, there are a surprising number of recipes tucked inside. Worried about deep frying? Try the baked recipe. Afraid of using yeast? Plenty of non-raising varieties to choose from. Not a chocolate fan? Opt for Carrot Cake, Red Velvet, or Chai. Recipes are even provided for vegan and gluten-free diets. There are doughnuts for everyone’s taste here!

The first chapter is split into two parts: dough and glazes. Select your dough recipe and then decide which sweet concoction will be gracing the top. I am of the opinion that an occasional deep fried food never hurt anyone, and seeing that Basic Raised was the first recipe of the book, it seemed only right to start there. The directions were clear and the dough was a snap to throw together in the mixer. The dough needs to be refrigerated for the one long rise, which is flexible – at least one hour up to twelve. I made mine up at night, so that it was ready to go in the morning. It turns out that deep frying doughnuts at home is not a formidable nor overly messy project. The only downside is that my kitchen smelled like grease for the better part of two days, but I don’t hold that against the book. The whole process went smoothly and the results were well worth my efforts.

My confidence boosted by mastering Basic Raised, I happily delved into Chapter 2: Flavors. This is the real genius part of Doughnuts – Lara Ferroni has done a terrific job creating some interesting varieties! With photos for most of these recipes, it is a struggle to decide which to make. The description for Apple Pie reads “Part doughnut, part fried pie, these doughnuts are all apple-y goodness.” I like apple-y goodness. Or would it better to try something more exotic, like Margarita or Maple Bacon Bars?

Doughnuts is the perfect book if you have ever considered making these treats at home. You can go from basic glazed all the way to Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Doughnut Holes with ease. I tend to think that doughnuts are not something that everyone makes at home, which is part of the appeal. This is the book that will make you the person known for amazing homemade doughnuts.

Rating: 5/5

Jen lives in Michigan with her husband and six year old son. She writes reviews of children’s books on her blog, FIRR-Kids and loves filling her own shelves with cookbooks.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Sasquatch Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.