As anyone who has played a MMO knows, in addition to questing, there is often a crafting element where you collect materials to make items. Similarly, the DonutQuest is not just about searching for the best donut shoppes, but also crafting/making donuts!
Inspiration comes from many sources. Shokugeki No Soma (also known as Food Wars) is a blend of anime and Alton Brown as the show talks about chemistry, origins and other food facts. In this particular episode (Note: Can be seen on Crunchyroll), the older Aldini Brother uses lemon curd in his dessert during his culinary battle! Lemon curd has British origins and I’ve made it before for tart filling.
Base Baked Cake Donut Recipe:
1.5 Cup Flour*
0.5 Cup Sugar
1.5 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Melted Stick of Butter (4 oz or 8 Tablespoons)
0.75 Cup Milk*
1 Egg (Large)
Splash of Vanilla (or whatever flavoring that you want)
Before mixing everything together for the final batter, it is important to whisk the egg and sugar first (I call it “whitening the eggs” or “creaming the eggs” but I’m not sure if this is the correct culinary term.)
*I think using Cake Flour and Buttermilk will make the donuts fluffier (e.g., less dense).
Lemon Curd Ingredients:
2 Lemons (Zest and Juice)
4 oz Butter (1 Stick)
6 oz Sugar
My friend Ashley, a hand model (seriously, her hands were photographed for some work propaganda, err… brochure), helped me test the donuts at work. I have to make the donuts at night for people to try the next day so I have to account for refrigeration and transport.
Ashley then microwaved the donut for about to 5-8 seconds and the taste was markedly improved!
The big batch for the gym…
In the future, I should really inject the lemon curd as a filling… that being said, I’ll probably use the extra curd as filling for crepes!
Randomly, the Aldini Brothers from Food Wars introduced me to an Italian kitchen knife known as a mezzaluna!