Monday, October 20, 2008

Silly kitchen gadget No. 26

I like donuts. And doughnuts. I like 'em big and small, and sugared and glazed. I like 'em filled with stuff. Custard, jelly, it's all good.

So you'd think I'd like the Dough-Nu-Matic automatic mini-doughnut maker. Um, no. Something tells me that this thing is more of a pain in the ass than it's worth. And at $130, it's worth way too much.

"Just add dough," it says. So there's still prep involved, and cleanup. I was looking around online for the dough recipe and found that Boingboing reviewed the machine a while back. One commenter wrote an excellent critique, based on first-hand experience. It confirmed my suspicions. If you can get the damn thing to work right, after endless fiddling with batter and machinery, you will get doughnuts.

And then you have to clean it. Turns out that's a bitch.

I think I'll stick with the doughnut shop.


  1. what a grease monster....I thought you might like these:

  2. Just add dough?? and where does the dough come from? I suppose you have to mix that up yourself. Fa! What goodisit?!

    I'll take some a that tomato casserole though.

  3. One of my fondest childhood memories is making donuts with my mom. I keep threatening to do it with my daughter, but I think I'll stick with the old fashioned method: make dough/batter, cut out, fry... and my wallet will be $130 heavier for it.

  4. Sigh. If it's too good to be true, it probably is. Then again, having my own ice cream maker has given me tons of ice cream (and pounds of weight to show for it)!

  5. Ack! You've got the right idea - let the donut shop do it!

  6. Joy the Baker recently made her own donuts. The process actually looked less complicated than operating and cleaning that gadget.

  7. db, those are hilarious! Some of them really make sense, too.
    I like the umbrella shelter and the extendable spoon.

    JGH, exactly! Try the casserole. Takes five minutes to assemble.

    Betts, you're lucky to have those memories. Pass 'em on!

    Julie, I don't think it can possibly compare to the ease of an ice cream maker. Which is probably a Good Thing.

    Zoomie, yes. Also, that means no donuts in my house.

    Beatrice, I'm not familiar with Joy, but I'll go check out her donuts. I'm actually not all that tempted to make my own. The occasional indulgence when out and about it enough for me.