We bought the Simpson’s Donut maker about two years ago as a present to ourselves. My husband loves the Simpsons, we both love donuts, so it made sense at the time! This cost us £7.99 and though initially I wasn’t too chuffed about the horrible colour, he managed to persuade me that it would be great fun to use and we wouldn’t have to buy our own donuts. I’m easily persuaded so I went along with it.
At first glance, it looks very similar to a little toasty sandwich maker but when you lift up the lid, inside there are 6 little holes for the donut mixture. The donut maker is quit heavy when you pick it up and for this reason it seems to me to be well made and very sturdy. The hinge squeaks now when I lift it up but it’s still going strong, despite the enormous amount of donuts my husband goes through. I also like that it has a non-stick base so when the donuts are ready to be popped out, they never stick to the bottom (or top) of the pan.
I have refused to have this donut maker on display in my kitchen during the time we have had it, however, as I personally think it looks unsightly. The colour is awful and it also has a cartoon Homer Simpson on top eating a donut, so it’s not very classy and I chuck it to the back of my under stairs cupboard after he’s finished making a batch.
The donut maker came with a set of clear instructions as well as some recipes for making donuts, which was just as well as I didn’t have a clue what was needed. It’s so easy to use. Just plug it in, wait for it to heat up, make the donut batter and pop into the holes. There are also prong type things on the top part of the donut maker so that when you have placed your batter mixture in the bottom holes and the put the lid down, the prongs in the top make the holes in the baked donuts underneath.
The plates cannot be removed to wash them and obviously it isn’t dishwasher safe as it’s an electrical appliance, so I have to clean it by hand but this isn’t too great a problem.
It does make donuts which are slightly on the small side but it also makes perfectly rounded ready to eat delicious donuts every time we have used it. It’s a great little gadget and it gets used a lot but as I say, it just doesn’t look very attractive.
WHAT IS IT?
An electric doughnut maker with a Simpsons brand.
The doughnut maker is bright yellow with a bright blue cord and plug. On the lid it has a picture of Homer Simpson. It is very bright and colourful but a bit tacky I think and I do not like to have it on display in my kitchen when it is not in use. The inside has holes to make 6 doughnuts and it works the same way as a sandwich toaster because you fill the holes with doughnut mixture and then close the lid to cook them from both sides.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
There was a recipe for doughnuts in the instruction manual but I use a different recipe that I found online. You make the mixture up and then just pour it into the holes in the doughnut maker, close the lid and wait until they are cooked. They do not take very long to cook, about 4 minutes.
WHAT I THINK
I like the doughnuts that come out of this but I think that is more to do with the method and recipe than the doughnut maker. It heats up very quickly and the doughnuts cook evenly. They never stick to the holes and come out easily using a spatula or sometimes my fingers if I am sure I can do it without burning myself. It's easy to know how much mixture to pour into the doughnut maker because you just fill the bottom holes to the top and then when you close the lid the doughnuts rise to fill the top as well.
I like that it makes mini doughnuts instead of very big ones because these are very bad for you with all the sugar and fat so eating smaller ones is the best thing. When the doughnuts are hot they are very nice sprinkled with a mix of sugar and cinnamon for flavour. My daughters love the doughnuts but I think they are a bit too sickly but that isn't the makers fault. I tried making some lower fat ones but the started to stick to the plates so I think you need the fat in them to stop this from happening.
The doughnut maker is very easy to clean even though the plates do not come off, I just wipe it with a clean wet cloth and that removes any bits of mixture that has baked onto the hot metal. You have to be careful not to burn yourself because the sides of the doughnut maker get very hot and stay like this for quite a long time after you have cooked the doughnuts. The yellow casing still looks brand new after a lot of use and it hasn't got marked or anything so that is good because all the sandwich toasters I have had have always got stained on the top and I hate that because it makes things look dirty even if they're not.
This is the recipe I use or you can add melted chocolate for chocolate doughnuts.
100g plain flour
1 heaped teaspoon of baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 a large beaten egg
25g melted butter
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
All you have to do is mix everything thoroughly into a very smooth batter and then pour it into your hot doughnut maker. This recipe works with other doughnut makers as well and it makes 18 of the mini doughnuts.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
If you are a regular reader of my reviews you may be aware that I love gadgets and more specifically I love any gadget that can make tasty treats with ease in a hurry and while making me look good. I have a large cupboard in my kitchen which extends behind the back of my other units and because of this I am able to throw loads of bits and pieces in there and forget about it. Recently I've been off work lots because of illness and so I've had the opportunity to clear out all my cupboards as well as clean them and make space for more gadgets (a coffee machine is next on my list so need to make way for that!). I came across this Simpsons doughnut maker that my sister gave me 2 years ago (roughly!) when she was having a clear out.
Now a doughnut maker is not something I've ever really thought about owning and in the two years that I have owned this I have probably used this less than 10 times. This is mainly because of the guilt that comes from eating a batch of doughnuts, particularly when I've had to work so hard to lose weight in the past year or two. I certainly wouldn't have set out to buy this and if I remember correctly my sister purchased this for her children who were mad on the Simpsons at the time but found that they just weren't using it at all, hence sending it on to me where it has languished in my cupboard ever since.
This doughnut maker retails for around £18-£30 depending on where you buy it from and at present there are some on Amazon for £28.50. This is towards the higher end of the scale but this appears to be much less widely available than it was when I first purchased mine. This doughnut maker weighs around 2kg so is a little heavy but not restrictive when I am taking it out of my cupboard and lifting it up on to my worktop. There is a handle for this making it easy to move around. This is bright yellow in appearance so matches absolutely nothing in my home, however this doesn't matter really as it lives in the cupboard the 360 days a year it isn't in use.
This is really just like a sandwich maker and like the cupcake maker and other similar products that I already own and use quite regularly. The lid opens up to reveal two ideal sides with both sides closing back up together to form the shape of the doughnut. This has a non-stick surface and basically you can prepare your batter and then pour it in to one of the six 5cm holes. There is a raised area in the centre of each doughnut to ensure that there is a hole in the centre of each doughnut and this is all simply designed with ease of use in mind. The machine itself has two lights, one red to indicate that the power is on and one that is blue to show that the require temperature for accurate cooking has been reached. These lights are handy as if I have made some of these late at night and turn the lights off in my kitchen I can see that this has been turned off ready to cool down (or not!).
This machine is a reasonable size and makes fairly nicely sized doughnuts. There was instructions with this complete with recipes but unfortunately I've long since misplaced this. There is a generous flex on this of around 1 metre making it ideal for any available work surface in my kitchen. The machine is hinged making it easy to use and you simply close the lid down and open it when you want to check on the doughnuts. The hinge is nice and secure and I don't have any worries about this breaking when I am opening or closing it.
I make a batter consisting of elf (eggs, liquid, flour), along with vanilla extract, sugar, melted butter and baking powder. I always use a measuring spoon to pour this batter as I find that it reduces drips and spills. I would say that a maximum of two spoonfuls is what I use to almost completely fill the circle. I then close the lid and within just 5 minutes, usually slightly less, the doughnuts are cooked and ready. I use a chopstick to poke one to check that it is cooked throughout and if it isn't then I just close the lid back down, no harm done. I remove these using a silicone spatula to avoid damaging the non stick surface and this works very well. This is for the plain doughnuts of course and I've also made chocolate ones and cinnamon ones too which are by far my favourite.
Because this machine has a non stick surface it is very simple to clean. I use a sponge on this and a wooden spoon handle to clean around the gap behind the hinges. I find it takes just minutes to keep this clean and it is easy to leave to naturally dry before putting it back in the cupboard.
Every time I end up using this doughnut maker I wonder why I don't use it more as it is so easy to use and then I eat loads of the doughnuts and end up feeling bad so I stop using it again! Something of a no doughnut catch 22. I find that this doughnut maker makes beautiful doughnuts that taste absolutely fantastic. The doughnuts have a crispness to them and yet they are soft and fluffy on the inside. I like to apply a little melted butter or melted chocolate and some sugar or hundreds and thousands to these doughnuts. They are a lot smaller than the ones that you buy in the supermarket but personally I feel that these taste superior and they are much more like the ones that you get at funfairs and other events I always associate with food and good times.
I actually would recommend this. It is incredibly simple to use and takes just minutes to have your first batch of doughnuts ready. I would say that I spend around £1.00 if not less on the ingredients for a batch of doughnuts and this represents fantastic value for money. I will give this 5/5 as while doughnuts are unhealthy these are far better than ones fried in oil and they taste just as delicious, if not more so. I would recommend this really only if you are a huge doughnut fan and are looking for a way to be slightly healthier and also save some money too. I will probably continue to use this once in a blue moon and while I know I should just get rid of it I probably won't bother!!
I bought this Simpsons doughnut maker for my son a couple of years ago as he is a huge fan of The Simpsons and I thought that it would be a good way to not only encourage him to cook but as I had never made doughnuts before it would be a good activity for us to learn together.
I only paid around £20 for the doughnut maker which I thought was a really good price especially as it was Simpsons branded and those items usually command a premium. It is made from yellow plastic with a picture of Homer on the outside with some writing. It also has a bright blue power cable and is certainly eye catching though isn't something that I would want on display all the time though both my son and daughter love it.
On the inside of the machine there are two non stick plates with cut outs for placing six doughnuts in them. Using the machine is really easy and all you have to do is make the batter (the included recipe book told me how) and then switch the machine on and wait a few minutes until it gets hot enough and then pour the batter into the cut outs and close the lid to cook them.
The cut outs for the doughnut maker are a smooth round hole on the bottom and on top the holes have a middle part so that the doughnuts get a perfect hole in the middle of them.
They take absolutely no time to make in the machine and are ready within a few minutes after closing the lid ready to be dusted with some sugar. This was initially a worry as I usually find these types of machines whilst being fun to use can take much longer to cook than just using the old fashioned way.
The doughnuts look lovely when they come from the machine and are lovely and golden and cooked all the way through and are nice and fluffy on the inside.
One of the things that I like most about this machine is that the doughnuts are more a mini size than with normal doughnuts as we tend to eat them all as they are so delicious so at least with them being small I can kid myself that I am eating less calories.
Because the maker is non-stick the doughnuts just slide out of the holes without any effort and you can just pop them out with a wooden spatula.
Cleaning the maker is simple too as everything just slides off the inside plates and you just wait for it to cool and then run a damp cloth over it.
For me this doughnut maker was more than worth the money. I did think that it might be used a few times only to disappear to the back of the cupboard only to be gathered in dust. However it has been used on a regular basis ever since I first bought it.
As some of you might know from recent reviews, I've been following Slimming World (lost 2 st 3 lb so far) and have been trying to eat healthily. However, I recently started work in a cake shop, and spend many days surrounded by all manner of sweet and sugary confections.
I've been really craving donuts for some time now, so was delighted when a new charity shop opened in the city centre selling second hand furniture and electrical appliances, and I saw this Donut Maker, complete with instructions, for just £3, especially as it normally retails at over £30 .
Essentially, it is a machine very similar in desihn to a toastie maker - with 6 holes on the bottom layer for filling with donut mix, and corresponding holes in the top allowing space for the donut to rise. It has a non stick coating, and the lid has a hinge that feels sturdy and well made .
The machine itself is bright yellow in colour, although mine appears to have a different image on the lid . Homer is eating a Donut, and saying 'mmmm, forbidden donut!' I imagine this will appeal to Simpsons fans as a bit of a novelty, but it doesn't fit in in my kitchen so will be living in the cupboard between uses .
The instruction book contains a few simple recipes for batter, as well as detailed instructions on how to use the machine, all very simple to follow - simple a matter of allowing the machine to heat up, filling with batter, and leaving it to cook . The batter recipes themselves are not only easy to follow, but also use very basic ingredients that I at least already had in the house - a little flour, milk, butter and an egg, as well as a little sugar and vanilla for flavouring. Of course, there is no limit to your imagination, you can make any kind of donut - I've even made savoury cheese donuts. And you can of course top them in your own way with icing and sprinkles, so there is a great deal of variation in what you can make.
The donuts themselves are pretty small - more like those dunkin donuts you can buy than a full sized ring donut. They do however stay soft for a fair while, so you can make a few batches up and store them for later in the day if, for instance, you were having a party.
The plus side for people who, like me, are watching their weight is that these donuts are much healthier due to not being deep fried . The manual does recommend oiling the holes slightly, but I find a spray or two of fry light does the trick, and i'm still able to take out the donuts easily.
With it being non stick, care should be taken not to scratch the surface when cleaning. I find the machine easy enough to wipe off with a cloth, so cleaning really is a doddle .
My one bugbear is that I wish the donut plates were removable so I could give them a good wash in the sink, rather than a cursory wipe. This is only a minor convenience issue though.
I do like this, and I'm happy I picked it up for only a few pounds . I don't for one second picture this as a kitchen essential though . I'm a bit in love with it at the moment, with it being my latest toy, but I imagine I will soon tire, and it will end up under the stairs with many other novelty gadgets, dusty and unloved.
I'm giving this 3 stars - certainly pick it up if you see it cheaply second hand, but I don't know that many people who would get regular use out of it long term!
If there was any piece of Simpsons merchandising that was a given, an absolute cert to come out, it was a Homer branded doughnut maker. The food most associated with the show, even made it to the logo for the film, the doughnut has been a symbol for everyone's favourite clumsy, oafish cartoon character Homer Simpson.
The maker itself is pretty small, big enough to make six "carnival" sized doughnuts, but cooks them pretty fast and is simple to use without any complications. Plug it in to the wall, and when it's hot enough, the heat gauge lets you know when it's ready.
As for the actual dough, that comes down to your own ability to cook, but the recipe's pretty simple anyway and I've always thought if I can do it, pretty much anyone can. There is a set of tips and instructions on optimal cooking time, and best recipes if you do feel like a bit of help. Cooking time is short, clocking in to only a few minutes (times varying).
The machine, being a nice non stick surface not only makes the cooking of the doughnuts easy and hassle-free but also makes cleaning easy as anything, with just a quick wipe with some soap to do the trick.
The machine comes in at around, or under 30 pounds at all kinds of places. A great novelty gift for the Simpsons fan with everything
I brought my Simpsons mad husband a Simpsons Doughnut Maker for Christmas in 2006. It was practically identical to the one pictured apart from my husband's one being red rather than yellow. I purchased it in Boots just before Christmas and it cost me £25.00. I think it still costs around that price now and I always see it in Boots each Christmas as part of their Christmas 3 for 2 range though if you are not desperate for one, it is worth keeping an eye out for it in Boots January sales as it always goes down to 50% off or if you're lucky and there is still one knocking about, 75% off!
The doughnut maker is a little bit bulky and resembles a sandwich toaster though it is more oval shaped. It is brightly coloured with Homer Simpson on the front. It is made from durable, easy to clean plastic.
It has a carry handle which also doubles up as a lock when you are making doughnuts. Inside the doughnut machines are six rings at the top and at the bottom to make the doughtnuts. The rings are black in colour and are non stick.
You get a little receipe book with this doughnut maker and to make doughtnuts it takes 3 minutes though you should make note that this does not include the amount of time it takes to make the batter for the doughnuts.
The batter is easily made using milk, eggs and flour. I suggest that you turn the doughnut maker on whilst you are preparing the batter so that it has a little time to warm up. Otherwise you will add on time to the final cooking of the doughnuts and it is better cooking wise to put the batter on to something which is already warm. You simply pour the batter into the doughnut rings on the bottom of the maker and then you shut the lid and let it work its magic. I do suggest you open up the make occassionally after a minute or so to make sure the doughnuts are not overcooking. Once the 3 minutes are up, your doughnuts are ready!
This appliance does get very hot so please do not let children use it unsupervised. I have burnt my hand on it one too many times (also note how I say "I burnt my hand" - indicating that although my husband wanted this doughnut maker, he also wanted me to be the one doing the making!).
The doughnuts this produces are very yummy and you can decorate them any way you wish. My husband likes to dip them into sugar and eat them while they are hot like you do at the seaside. I have to say this is my favourite way to eat them too. I should also say that this makes minature doughnuts and not full sized ones.
It is very easy to use and it is also very easy to clean. Just a wipe over when it has cooled down is usually suffcient.
This is a great product and 4 years on it is still going strong. My husband loves it and now our daughter is 4 she helps make some doughnuts too -she absolutely adores it.
I bought my Simpsons Doughnut Maker from Boots in their January sale on Boxing Day. Full Price it was £30 however because it was the sales I got it for £15. It is on Argos's website today for £26.99.
It is a Kitchen appliance similar to a Toastie Machine in shape & composition. It's dimensions are (H)11.5, (W)20.5, (D)24.3cm.
It makes six ring style doughnuts in around 3 minutes although this doesn't include the time it takes to prepare the doughnut batter.
It is very easy to use. First select your recipe from the instructions. You can make Plain, Chocolate Or even Apple Doughnuts. You then prepare the batter using egg, milk & flour. Turn on the Doughnut Maker while you're doing this to allow it to heat up. You then pour the batter into each individual donut mould in the maker. Then close it shut & leave it for a couple of minutes. Then open it up & get out all your doughnuts.
The Doughnuts are very nice. They are minature doughnuts not full size but they taste very nice (provided you prepare them correctly). They are sweet, fluffly & firm. I especially like the apple ones. You can even decorate them if you choose with icing. One word of warning. The first time I made some I doubled the ingredients thinking I wouldn't get many doughnuts. I ended up with about 50!
I would recommend this item to you if you want to make a batch of minature doughnuts for a party, or if you have children & would like to have some fun making a snack with them. Or you could just use it to make loads of doughnuts for yourself. Homer would approve!
We brought this Simpsons doughnut maker last Xmas because my mum wanted to make fresh doughnuts for the day, we paid about £20.00 for it and it's been worth the money because it's been used at least once a week since then and it makes wicked doughnuts.
It's similar to a breville sandwich toaster or George Foreman with 2 non stick plates with a hinge at the back of the doughnut maker to let you open and close it. You have to heat it up until the light shines blue instead of red and then pour the batter into the doughnut holes, close the lid and let them cook for about 3 minutes.
The booklet that comes with the doughnut maker has a few recipes, we only use the basic one because then they come out like the fresh ones you can buy from the market or car boot sale especially once they've been dipped in sugar. You can also make apple doughnuts, cinnamon or chocolate doughnuts plus quite a few other varieties.
The doughnuts this maker produces are very small and are what I'd call mini doughnuts but they keep brill so if you put them in an airtight container you'll be able to store them for at least 24 hours.
The doughnut maker always cooks them perfect but you do have to wait for the blue light to come on, this takes 4 - 5 minutes and if you don't wait then they won't cook all the way through properly but that would be your own fault for being impatient in the first place! lol
It's very easy to clean as well. When we first got it my mum was annoyed because the cooking plates don't come off for cleaning, but now we've got the knack with it that doesn't matter because all you have to do is wipe it with a damp cloth and rinse with another one. Any doughnut batter will come off easy because of the plates being non stick and it still looks as good as new nearly a year later.
If you are like me and love the freshly cooked doughnuts that you sometimes spot when walking around a fair, market or city centre, then the perfect machine for you would be a doughnut maker. So whilst walking around Wilkinson's this time last year I spotted my Christmas present to myself. I had always fancied buying a doughnut maker and if I had let this opportunity pass I would probably never buy one.
So the Doughnut maker was Homer Simpson's Doughnut maker and cost £19.99. The Doughnut maker is bright yellow and looks rather like a sandwich toaster and works the same. The machine is 25cm x 27cm including the handle and 8cm high. Inside the machine it has six 5 cm round compartments top and bottom with a 1cm raised bit in the centre of each compartment to make the hole in the doughnut. The inside is covered with a non stick surface. The top of the machine has two lights next to each other, one red which shows the machine is working and heating up and one blue to shows that the machine has reached its temperature. Above this is a picture of Homer Simpson and the words "What You See Is What You Get" The lid release at the front of the machine is stamped with a picture on Homer Simpson. The electric cable is 96 cm. At the back of the machine are two hinges with a thick spring type thing connecting the top and bottom of the machine. The machine comes with a complete set of instructions including recipes, caring for your machine and how to wire the plug, although my plug was already connected.
Make up your batter mix using plain flour, sugar, baking powder, a pinch of salt, ½ a large beaten egg, milk, melted butter and vanilla essence. Turn your machine on and leave for about five minutes for the machine to reach its temperature, the blue light then comes on. Spoon about 1 ½ to 2 teaspoons of batter mix into each compartment, so the circle looks about 90% full. Close the lid and wait about 3 - 4 minutes for the 6 doughnuts to cook, lift the lid occasionally to check progress. When the doughnuts are cooked, remove using a non-metal spatula. Leave the doughnuts to cool on a plate then eat one to test that they are OK! Add more batter to the machine and make some more, the cooking time does gradually reduce with each batch. Test another one to make sure that they are still OK. One batch of batter makes about 18 plain doughnuts.
*Other Flavours you can make.*
Add some melted milk or plain chocolate to the mix for chocolate doughnuts. I have also used cocoa powder and they have come out just as good.
Add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the mix for cinnamon doughnuts.
Add a large tablespoon of apple sauce to the doughnut mix for apple doughnuts. I tend to use Tesco Value as it is a smooth sauce.
If you add melted chocolate or apple sauce, you can make about 22 doughnuts. Although for some reason, when it comes to serving them, there are only 18 left on the plate after I have tested them, you can't serve rubbish food can you! Any excuse.
Melted butter and sugar
Icing and sugar strands.
*Cleaning the Machine.*
With the machine having a non stick surface it is very easy to clean. Once your machine has cooled down just rub over it with a damp cloth.
*How do the doughnuts come out.*
When freshly cooked they are crisp on the outside and lovely and soft on the inside. If you leave them for a while they tend to loose their crispy outside. I tend to wait until serving before dipping in melted butter and rolling them in sugar otherwise the sugar melts away.
*Is it worth buying a Doughnut Maker.*
In one word - Yes. The ingredients to make a batch of plain doughnuts cost around 40p if using Tesco value range. My electric monitor says the machine uses around 700 watts an hour but the machine is only on for around ½ hour, based on my average electric unit cost the electric costs about 10p to make around 18 doughnuts. Not bad, 50p for a batch of freshly made doughnuts.
I always make 6 plain doughnuts, then split the remaining mixture in two add some apple sauce to one half and add some chocolate to the other half. It is great if I know my niece and nephew are coming for a visit, as I can knock up a batch before they get here and if when Holly starts bringing friends home from school I can quickly knock up a batch. I always use light sugar (I use about 3/4 of the amount sugar needed) and semi skimmed so they are less calories. Its a good job really with the amount I have to test before serving them up. The doughnuts are best eaten on the day of cooking, however I have put some in Darren's lunch box for the following day and he has said they still taste OK.
A couple things I have noticed when using the machine is the hole in the centre of the doughnut is never there. It always seems to have a very thin cover over it but this is easily knocked out or you can leave it in to impress people when you tell them you have made the doughnuts yourself. Also, when using apple sauce the doughnuts don't seem to rise as well.
The machine is quick and easy to use and it works out cheaper to make your own than to buy them from the supermarket. A box of around 20 cost about £1.00 in the supermarket.
If you love doughnuts and do ever spot a machine when you are out and about or surfing the net it is certainly well worth buying one.
Many thanks for reading. Anna
My teenage son is a fan of The Simpsons TV show, plus he has a sweet tooth. Therefore a Simpsons Doughnut maker made an ideal choice for a recent present.
The Simpsons Doughnut Maker comes in a lovely garish yellow colour complete with a bright blue power cable and plug! Not exactly colour co-ordinated for the majority of kitchens. Not much bigger than a sandwich maker it works on exactly the same principle but instead of having the square toasting plates you have six ring doughnut compartments.
Once out of its cardboard box and plastic bag you notice its emblazoned with a picture of Homer Simpson with the phrase What you see is what you get. The bright blue lid release catch matches the power cable and although the cable is less than a metre in length, it doesnt cause any problems as this is not a permanent fixture in our kitchen.
So, lets make some doughnuts! Firstly, as with any product of this type you need to switch the Doughnut Maker on and let it heat up for 10 mins or so to burn off any dust. We never noticed any distinctive smell whilst this was happening though sometimes there is.
The red indicator light advises that the Doughnut Maker is heating up and switches to blue (to match the power cord and catch!) once its reached its optimum temperature. This takes about 5 mins so youre not waiting around for ever.
It comes with an instruction/recipe leaflet and we made the doughnut batter while we waited for it to heat up. As it had reached the required temperature before we were ready, we just opened the lid to let some heat out. You can then close it again so it will re heat. Just remember that the non stick plates are extremely HOT so place it far enough away to minimise the risk of burns.
Each doughnut compartment is approx 2 in diameter so youre really getting mini doughnuts. The idea being you fill the bottom doughnut compartment with batter, close the lid and as they cook they rise up into the other half of the compartments in the lid.
These little doughnuts take between 2 & 3 minutes to cook and they do come out a lovely golden brown colour. Obviously if you want them darker leave them a few seconds more but dont overcook them. Dont use any metal objects to remove them with as you could scratch the non stick surface. I used a plastic spatula and they just popped out without any effort.
Once youve cooked (and consumed!) your doughnuts the maker should be cool enough to clean. A quick wipe over the non stick surface cleans away any residue. If you dont overfill the compartments then the minimal amount of cleaning is required. Even if you do, any excess just wipes away. Unlike some sandwich toasters, this doesnt have loads of nooks and crannies for the batter mix to disappear into. Wrap the power cord around its storage base unit and it can be kept upright or laid flat in a cupboard until the next time.
The first time we used the Doughnut Maker we used the basic recipe from the leaflet (there are variations included such as chocolate, cinnamon or apple doughnuts). The batter was thick but easy to pour and the doughnuts tasted yummy! My only gripe (besides the colour scheme) is that the recipe doesnt tell you how many doughnuts the batter mix will make, so make sure youre all slightly peckish as in total it made 28 doughnuts!! Even at 2 thats a lot of doughnuts to eat and very filling!
This is a fun but useful maker to have for anyone to have, be they young or just a big kid . It makes cooking fun for younger children and as you have the basic recipe you can use your imagination once theyre cooked. Dip them in melted chocolate, ice them, add 100s and 1000s or just toss them in sugar. It makes a change from the norm to have doughnuts that youve cooked yourself and it really is a quick and simple process to make them. Also with little cleaning, what more could you ask for!
At a cost of £19.99 from Argos it wont break the bank either and at least you can hide it in a cupboard if, like me, you find the colours a bit too much!
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