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Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Red Velvet Baked Donuts...and Pad Thai Gone Awry

Red Velvet Baked Donuts - This is the best red velvet recipe I've tried - dense, moist, and just the right amount of sweetness. #redvelvet | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Do you remember my baking disaster last week?
You can read about that here.
Mr. Goo Shoes just shook his head...
he's pretty used to my kitchen mishaps. 

Take the other night, for instance.
I got it in my head that I had to make Pad Thai noodles with shrimp.

I didn't have a recipe...
which in and of itself is a recipe...for disaster, that is.

Red Velvet Baked Donuts - This is the best red velvet recipe I've tried - dense, moist, and just the right amount of sweetness. #redvelvet | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I figured, how hard can this be?
I bought frozen stir-fry veggies, and stir-fry sauce at Trader Joes;
some shrimp, and a box of rice noodles.
The instructions on the noodle box said that if they are being used for stir-fry, 
don't boil them; soak them in hot water for 8-10 minutes.
OK, sounded weird, but I did it, and they were not at all soft 
after 10...15...20 minutes.

In the meantime, I stir-fried the veggies and the shrimp. 
I added the noodles, figuring...uh, hoping...they would soften up in the pan.

Red Velvet Baked Donuts - This is the best red velvet recipe I've tried - dense, moist, and just the right amount of sweetness. #redvelvet | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Before I go on, I have to tell you that every night when I set the table,
I always put knives out, whether we need them or not.
And every night, Mr. Goo Shoes says,
 "we don't need knives," as if it costs money to use them.
It's kind of a running joke in our house. 
On Pad Thai night, I left the knives in the drawer, just to humor him. 
I thought he was just perpetuating the joke when he asked,

"Do we have any steak knives?

Huh?

"Are these noodles or rubber bands?"
 
They were completely un-chewable.
And by completely, I mean COM-PLETE-LY.

Another kitchen calamity by yours truly.

Other than the fact that we had to cut the noodles into tiny bits 
so they could be swallowed, it actually tasted pretty good...
said me, and only me.
The rest of them wanted to know what my back-up plan was.

I made up for the chewy dinner by offering them red velvet donuts for dessert.
After two bites, the Pad Thai fiasco was forgiven...
but not forgotten.
Don't think they didn't rib me about it for days afterwards.

Red Velvet Baked Donuts - This is the best red velvet recipe I've tried - dense, moist, and just the right amount of sweetness. #redvelvet | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
 
Last week's red velvet blunder was not because I didn't know what I was doing.
I've made it dozens of times, and in fact, it's always a hit, and often requested.
That time, it was just a case of mistaken cocoa powder identity. 

I've used the same recipe to make red velvet cake, cupcakes, mini-cupcakes, 
and now...donuts.
It's from McCormick...the vanilla and food coloring folks
(I'm not being sponsored, I just like the recipe).
I've tried other red velvet recipes, and they were not as good.
This is dense, moist, and just the right amount of sweetness. 
And look how beautifully red they are this time! 

Red Velvet Baked Donuts - This is the best red velvet recipe I've tried - dense, moist, and just the right amount of sweetness. #redvelvet | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 I usually use a cream cheese frosting when I make red velvet cake or cupcakes,
I decided to try something different for the donuts, and made a simple, thick glaze out of confectioners sugar and heavy cream. 
I found I had better control filling a small zip-top bag, and cutting a small hole in the corner to pipe it on. 

Red Velvet Baked Donuts - This is the best red velvet recipe I've tried - dense, moist, and just the right amount of sweetness. #redvelvet | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Is that bee-yoo-tiful, or what???
(Looks a little like rice noodles, doesn't it, heh-heh?) 

Red Velvet Baked Donuts - This is the best red velvet recipe I've tried - dense, moist, and just the right amount of sweetness. #redvelvet | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I was in the supermarket yesterday, and I looked at a box of red velvet cake mix.
Feh! 

All kinds of creepy ingredients.
Go natural, and make it from scratch. 

RED VELVET DONUTS 

Yield: Approximately 24 donuts

For Donuts:
2 1/2 cups flour 
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1 bottle (1 oz.) red food color  
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For Glaze:
1 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350°. 
Mix together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs, one at a time. 
Mix sour cream, milk, food color and vanilla.
Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed, just until blended. Do not overbeat.
Spoon batter into donut pans greased with cooking spray.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until donuts spring back to touch. NOTE: Oven times vary; times are approximate.
Let cool and remove from donut pans.

To Glaze:
Combine confectioners sugar and cream; mix until smooth.
Transfer to a small zip-top bag.
Cut small piece of corner off bag (about 1/8 inch).
Pipe icing onto cooled donuts and let set.  

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And now...for the big finish:

Take this recipe for a spinner...
 I guarantee it's a winner and a pinner...
One bite will make folks grinner...
unlike my beginner Pad Thai dinner.

Hope you all are having better weather than we are here in NJ.
We've got freezing rain, with snow coming later.

Only six more weeks till spring!

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24 comments:

  1. Those look like they belong in a bakery display case! Yummy :-)

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  2. Those look amazing, Amy!! Pinning for sure.
    And now I am craving Pad Thai. But I think I'll just order take out. ;)

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  3. Oh wow what a funny story of the pad thai noodles! Your red velvet donuts look amazing and I bet are delicious. Thanks for the follow on Instagram too. Have a nice day and week.
    Julie

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  4. Mmmmmmmm - that looks mouth watering good! Amy, why are you doing this to us? I'll have one...okay, maybe two.....three if you insist :)
    xoxo
    L
    PS - You can always go out for Pad Thai!

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  5. Maybe their instructions were not accurate and they needed to soak longer? You know, I have decided to view each flop as a learning curve. Next time maybe try boiling them regardless what the box says. Sometimes trial and error is the only way.

    I will try your recipe for the red velvet everything. It looks absolutely irresistible (from a Red Velvet addict). And thank you for not using vinegar!! I have never understood why it is necessary when you already add acid in the form of sour cream (I use buttermilk, my recipe is on my blog if you were interested). These are perfect for portion control.

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  6. Cute story Amy, or maybe not for you. I think we have all done that at one time or another. The donuts look really good so you made up for it big time.

    Cindy

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  7. Oh my goodness.....those donuts look delicious!!!!

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  8. home MADE!? So bake-shop!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    <3

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  9. Your red velvet baked donuts look delicious, Amy, and how innovative your 'icing wand' is! Too bad about the Pad Thai; those noodles made me nervous! I mean, what the heck, they're supposed to be made from rice, right?

    Poppy

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  10. Dear Amy, Well, I have had quite a few experiences in the kitchen like your Pad Thai dinner only I did not have the beautiful red velvet donuts to make up for it!!
    They are beautiful and the glaze looks perfect!
    Keep safe, warm, cozy and happy, xoxo Catherine

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  11. I might have to try these donuts only because you say they are good. I just don't get red velvet anything! I don't taste anything. What is the taste supposed to be? They look fabulous so why can't I taste anything?!

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  12. Oh, my! They look as beautiful as they look yummy. Do you ship them?
    I had to laugh at you husband's joke about knives... I had an American boyfriend and he kept asking me why I would always set the table with knives. My answer was "Because I'm French!" You can try this one next time your husband asks you!

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  13. Goodness gracious, those doughnuts look good!

    Your knife story cracked me up, because I do it too lol

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  14. Oh what a fun story about the Pad Thai Noodles! So weird - I wonder why they didn't soften?? Your Red Velvet Donuts sure aren't a disaster - they're a beautiful thing! Your stories are absolutely delightful.

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  15. Hey I give you lots of points for all that you do in your kitchen! I can't believe you have things go wrong. You're always whipping up something that I'm not brave enough to try. I've never made homemade doughnuts. Yours look so pretty! I asked my husband to bring some home for Valentines Day morning on his way home from work. I don't eat doughnuts very much, but all bets are off on holidays.

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  16. I love this post...adorable and your personality is sooo cute. :)
    To heck with train wrecks in the kitchen...just remember all the DELICIOUS things that come out of there.
    I want a donut for breakfast. :)

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  17. Did you ever figure out the noodles? Cute story and yummy looking donuts.

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  18. These look so stinking delicious. I love red velvet cake and donuts, so this should be perfect for me :-) I'm a new food blogger and found you on a link party. I've followed your social sites and hope we can connect on those. Can't wait to read more of your blog. Becky

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  19. I'll take any of your homemade from scratch desserts anytime over an entree!

    Amy, you have probably had friends who visit Trader Joe's send you this card that I bought, thinking of you, even though I don't have your address. It is a picture of a woman with great legs--like yours--trying on shoes. The front says "Who wants to be Ms. Goody?

    Inside says: "If she only has two shoes."

    Understand why I thought of you? I have no idea who I'll send it to, but if no one has ever sent you one like it, email me your address and I'll gladly send it on to NJ.

    Dewena

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  20. I love, love their color! They look delicious!

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  21. This looks incredible! I'm licking my lips right now. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for taking the time to party with us. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. It wouldn't be a party without you! Lou Lou Girls

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  22. Am I blind or does it not say the temperature to bake these at?

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  23. wow ! love the pictures.especial the delicious food.i think i can not wait to have a taste now.as my saliva is down .so sorry .really think eating these food is the best enjoying !
    cheap running shoes

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