Juan Sebastian asked if we could make doughnuts in class this Tuesday:
11:19 AM Juan Sebastian: hi!i was thinking about the cook of next tuesday
11:32 AM Juan Sebastian: and i suggest donuts or empanadas or balls of bizcoho with fugde of chocolate (are balls covered with chocolate and on the top have white chocolate or croasants with cheese, ham and pineapple. are suggestions and if u find something tell me plz because im11:35 AM oh or a brownie with powdered sugar on the top and some ingredients in11:36 AM and the donuts with something on the top like that small balls of many colors and mermelade ini only suggest11:39 AM i have a book that have many cakes and many things of bakery and from there i take that suggestions
It is a good idea to practice a recipe before presenting it in class with a student. Partly to make sure the recipe works and partly to know if you have enough time. On Sunday I tried a recipe that called for baking powder as the leavening agent. It didn’t work so well; the insides were still raw and the texture was rather dense. So, I decided that we would use a recipe with yeast instead.
Since our class is supposed to only last one hour, I had to make the dough ahead of time. This wasn’t too much of a problem, since Juan Sebastian has worked with dough (pizza crust) in the past. He still had to roll it out and cut out circles, then wait another 20 minutes for them to rise. While we waited, we melted 2 chocolate bars with 1/4 cup of butter, then added powdered sugar to make a frosting. The recipe said we should add hot water a tablespoon at a time to get it to the desired consistency. It was a bad idea to follow the instructions at this point. I should have known that this would cause it to “seize”. A little extra powdered sugar rescued it well enough to use as frosting under a generous coating of candy sprinkles.
Even after spliting the recipe in half, I think we each ate two and sent home 6 for him to share with his mom.
Homework? Just a little bit of reading about the origin of doughnuts in the USA.