Product Type: Simpsons electrical appliances
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Simpsons Doughnut Maker
Member Name: HotBabes
Simpsons Doughnut Maker
Advantages: Quick to make, easy to clean
Disadvantages: The colour schemes
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 it’s 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 doesn’t 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 it’s reached it’s optimum temperature. This takes about 5 mins so you’re 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 you’re 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 don’t overcook them. Don’t 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 you’ve 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 don’t 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 doesn’t have loads of nooks and crannies for the batter mix to disappear into. Wrap the power cord around it’s 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 doesn’t tell you how many doughnuts the batter mix will make, so make sure you’re all slightly peckish as in total it made 28 doughnuts!! Even at 2” that’s 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 they’re cooked. Dip them in melted chocolate, ice them, add 100’s and 1000’s or just toss them in sugar. It makes a change from the ‘norm’ to have doughnuts that you’ve 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 won’t 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!
Imported and Distributed by :
Martin Yaffe International Ltd,
Helpline Number 01706 346500
Comes with the standard one year guarantee.
Thanks for reading and in the words of Homer himself….Mmmmm…Donuts!
© HotBabes 2007
Summary: A quick and easy way to make mini ring doughnuts.
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