This is what I look like around doughnuts:

Yes, I make fun of Jay & the bambino for their love of pork products, but I am equally ridiculous when it comes to doughnuts. They make me happy in a way that no other baked good can.

A couple years ago, there was some commercial (I think it was for Special K or Yoplait or something) & some guy in an office comes running into some girl’s cubicle & goes “There’s doughnuts in the break room!” Rather than following him, she opens her box of cereal or yogurt or whatever & pats herself on the back for resisting the temptation. Around this same time, we had a surprise delivery of doughnuts at work & I used that line, because I was so excited about it. And since I’ve been seeing doughnut pans popping up, I decided I needed one. Yesterday, I bought one, and this morning, I tested it out, & yielded some delicious results.

I just used the basic recipe that came on the packaging, and while I love cinnamon-sugar doughnuts, I didn’t want to make too much of a mess, so I stuck with powdered sugar and chocolate glazed.

The recipe called for buttermilk, but since I didn’t have any on-hand, I made my own sour milk with some lemon juice. I think I used more lemon juice than was necessary, as the doughnuts had a very light, lemony hint to them, but it wasn’t anything overpowering or nasty. You couldn’t really taste it with the chocolate glaze ones.

The powdered sugar ones’ holes look a little jagged because I swiped IGE’s trick of putting the doughnut batter in a Ziplock bag & cutting the corner off to “pipe” the dough in the pan. My pastry bag skills are next to none, so a couple from my first batch had no holes. Enter my great-Aunt Lottie’s biscuit cutter, with the doughnut-hole cutter attachment! The bambino & I proceeded to eat the holes. I had better luck with my second batch:

Yum! I kept the remaining chocolate-glazed ones, but gave the last 2 powdered sugar ones to my niece & nephew when we saw them at my in-laws’ this afternoon.

So why all the fuss about doughnuts today? I mentioned this to both Melissa & Katie before I left work on Friday, but I’d said that if I did indeed find a doughnut pan when I was in Sioux Falls, I would purchase a second one, to give away. Which is exactly what I did. So with that said, starting today, I will host a giveaway for a doughnut pan:

The nice thing is, I hate giveaways that make you jump through 8 billion hoops to leave an entry (even though I succumb to any involving Kitchen Aid mixers…I still desperately want one!), so I won’t make anyone do that. If you want to like my blog’s page on Facebook or follow me on Twitter, hey, that’s awesome, and I welcome more visitors & readers! My only requirement is this: leave me a comment telling me either your favorite song or favorite band. Music really has nothing to do with doughnuts, but hey. It’s my giveaway, I’ll make up the rules. One entry per person please. I’ll leave the contest open through Friday, March 11th, at 6:00 PM, CST. The other nice thing about the fact that I’m doing this out of my own pocket & will ship it to the winner is that it’s open to whoever wants to enter, meaning Dan (unless he’s not interested in doughnuts) or my friend Vanessa in Australia could enter (especially if her bub or hubs suddenly starts craving baked doughnuts!). I will select the winner using a random number generator. So there you have it. If you need a new baking pan or just want to try some baked doughnuts, comment away!

And in case anyone cares, I have 4 favorite bands: The Velvet Underground, The Replacements, Crowded House, and Nirvana. My favorite song of all time is “Tainted Love.”

DISCLAIMER: This giveaway is sponsored by me, myself & I. The fine folks at Wilton have never heard of me, and did not provide me the pan or any compensation for hosting this giveaway (although if they’d like to in the future, I’d be more than happy to accept any baking accouterments they’re willing to provide!). I did use the pan I bought for myself before settling on the giveaway, only because if I’d thought it was scrap, more than likely one of my sisters or my mom would’ve ended up with the 2nd pan (sorry guys!). Doughnuts make me happy, and I wanted to share the love!