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Time to Make the Donuts

Do you remember this commercial from the 80s?
Where Fred the Baker would repeat the catchphrase over and over again, so much so that "time to make the doughnuts" has entered our modern lexicon?

Apparently doughnuts are the new cupcake and yeast loving Mark has seen the dough rising on the west coast horizon, where gourmet doughnuts are all the rage.  Mark's upcoming birthday was an opportunity that several of us seized to give the homemade beigne a try.  When I mentioned this attempt, someone noted: "You're making doughnuts? You're like a corporation!" Indeed. Just like a corporation...

Ok, let's get some admissions out of the way:  while I have a bit of a french fry obsession, the thought of deep frying anything is a bit of a turn-off.  Let's say I don't think I could handle being at the Texas State Fair. But once things got started, I felt more like I was at a high-school science fair:  "OMG we are making doughnuts!"

Once these babies got into the the slightly crispy on the outside stage, all apprehensions were tossed aside and I was ready to pop one in my mouth.

Ummm, obviously we are not food stylists! Above Ashley is tossing some doughnuts in a cinnamon-sugar mix, while the chocolate-chili glaze doughnuts cool down.

Mark is an artist and make-up SFX guy who draws inspiration from the creatures of the ocean; that includes that crafted underwater man/monster.  For the birthday occasion Ashley whipped up an underwater guardian of the doughnuts (and carrot cupcakes) to present the desert:

And yes! The doughnuts were delicious!