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Baked Doughnuts For Everyone: From Sweet to Savory to Everything in Between, 101 Delicious Recipes, All Gluten-Free

 

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Friday
Aug242012

behind the scenes | doughnuts week 1

behind the scenes-doughnuts week 1 | edible perspective

behind the scenes-doughnuts week 1 | edible perspective

behind the scenes-doughnuts week 1 | edible perspective

behind the scenes-doughnuts week 1 | edible perspective

behind the scenes-doughnuts week 1 | edible perspective

iPhone captures below

behind the scenes-doughnuts week 1 | edible perspective

behind the scenes-doughnuts week 1 | edible perspective

behind the scenes-doughnuts week 1 | edible perspective

behind the scenes-doughnuts week 1 | edible perspective

behind the scenes-doughnuts week 1 | edible perspective

behind the scenes-doughnuts week 1 | edible perspective

behind the scenes-doughnuts week 1 | edible perspective

behind the scenes-doughnuts week 1 | edible perspective

behind the scenes-doughnuts week 1 | edible perspective

behind the scenes-doughnuts week 1 | edible perspective

behind the scenes-doughnuts week 1 | edible perspective

behind the scenes-doughnuts week 1 | edible perspective

10 things from the week:

  1. Before inviting people over to pick up doughnuts be sure to check your face and clothing for crusty, dried doughnut batter.  Thanks for noticing, Kelsey [and happy birthday!!!!!].
  2. Doughnut tasting is the new lunch.
  3. Expect to make each doughnut at least twice because each recipe has to be juuust riiiight.  And because you are partially insane.
  4. Turn the freaking oven timer on!!!!! 
  5. I have a low tolerance for sugar and can now be found shaking Monday –> Friday…and probably Saturday + Sunday as well.
  6. Know that if I invite you over for doughnuts I will most likely be covered in doughnut batter, have fruit smeared on my face, and look like a hot, sweaty mess.  Thank you 90* heat and no A/C! 
  7. Also know that you are most likely the first person I have seen in the entire day and you are about to hear me talk about that day’s doughnut drama for 37 minutes before I let you eat any. 
  8. Explaining to people that I make + photograph doughnuts will never sound like a difficult job.  I swear it is.
  9. There is just no possible way to “clean as you go.”  Impossible!
  10. I need a boss.  Or an assistant.  Or more people to taste doughnuts.

Weekend!

Ashley

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Reader Comments (32)

Creating a doughnut cookbook would be a dream. Doughnuts are one of my favorite foods. Fig doughnuts...oh my! I wish I were closer; I would definitely be a taste tester!!
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim@hungryhealthygirl
Looks like so much fun! What is that green clip like thing next to the plate of doughnuts you are photographing?
You are a rock star. I loved getting a peak at what the day-to-day doughnut making/photographing entails. Looks like fun! (and a lot of work!)
I have to admit. Your blog is the first thing I read every morning when I get to work, but I've played it shy and never commented until now. But who can resist commenting after looking at picture after picture of delicious doughnuts. If my husband would let me, I'd move to Colorado and become your permanent assistant and doughnut taste tester. Congrats on such an awesome endeavor!!
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLori @ forkful of freedom
oh I wish I could come work for you!
basil, blackberries, bacon (?!). You're job is pretty cool.
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @KatieDid
Looks like a lot of fun and work! If I ever make it up there before your book is done I will be looking for a taste. Figs are so great, I never thought of them in doughnuts but I am very excited about trying it out. Good luck and have fun!
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea
I so want to be a doughnut taster!!!
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColleen
I think you should get an intern. I am sure you could use the help and anyone who is interested in photography/book publishing/cooking/food styling/etc could use the experience. The doughnuts look delicious. I wish I could be a taster - hey, wait, I am going to be in Denver for 10 days in October! haha. Need a doughnut taster then?
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonya
I'm going to move next door... I'm invited, right? ;)
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Heddleston
@Kim - It is definitely a dream!! But also harder than I ever imagined possible. I know it will all be worth it though. :)

@Chelsey - The green thing is a clamp that I use to hold up backdrops behind the food sometimes. I clamp both bottom ends so the clamps are holding the backdrop and helping it stay stable on the table. In this case I was using it to prop up that end doughnut!

@Lori - Thank you my dear! You made my morning. Thanks for saying hello!

@Katie - Funny! I thought it looked like bacon in those photos too. They're actually chopped dried figs. :) I know maple bacon doughnuts are all the rage right now but I'm sticking to vegetarian for the book. I might see if I can make some sort of smoky maple frosting though....we'll see!

@Sonya - An intern would be so great. Enjoy your trip to Denver!! Keep me posted on when you're around.

@Katie - Yes!! Come!!
August 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
I would LOVE to be your taste tester. All the more reason to move to Colorado. :-)
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlaina
Oh how I'd love to apply for the position of 'Ashley's assistant'. I'd totally move for that!
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
Surely you could pitch this to someone for a reality show! It sounds hilarious (and like a much harder job than "doughnut baker" sounds). I'm sure you could get a great intern to help you out with clean up and taste testing. I would totally volunteer for that job!
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
Oh my word, you are a ROCKSTAR!!! How I wish I could be a taste tester... if you want to find out how they hold up being shipped and eaten a few days later, I'm in!! They all look crazy delicious :)
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrista @ Edible Balance
I am totally with Christa on that one. Feel free to send some my way for taste-testing... no, really! ;)
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
Dude, will so trade you farm fresh eggs for donuts.
The hens are getting fresh grass clippings at the end of the day when the guys get back to the shop after mowing, and it makes the yolks almost a rich orange color which look so pretty next to their blue shells. Seriously! :)
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCara
I love these behind-the-scenes photos!! And feel free to save some donuts for me. :)
So does this mean you are accepting applications for assistant/donut taster? Where do I apply??
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin Hess
This looks like so much fun (and a lot of work too)! If I lived closer, I'd love to help you out. I bet the fig donuts are amazing - I can't wait to see all the new flavors you come up with!
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
No a/c????!!!?! I would die! Keep it up and enjoy!
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIsabella
Well, I would die with no ac too. I really don't turn my oven on when it's that hot. But then, I don't have a doughnut obsession. Still, the rest sounds perfect. When can I be a taste tester?
August 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
@Alaina @Lauren @Erin @Andrea @Laura - You ladies are too sweet!

@Isabella - The A/C thing isn't too bad when I don't have the oven running all day. We have a small house with a TON of windows and 3 overhead fans. It cools down a lot at night with no humidity and our house is well shaded [luckily!]. Our summer has just been extremely hot + long this year, so it's been a bit wearing. :)
August 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
SO exciting!!! I would love to be a taste tester :)
Your photos are so beautiful! And those donuts look amazing...
August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
Having so much fun.....seems yummy...nice post...
August 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterraspberry ketones
Beautiful photos!
August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara @ sarasmiles
will wash dishes for doughnuts!
August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
Love these behind the scenes pics...i always like to see how 'others' bake and photograph. This doughnut challenge must be great for getting you to think outside the box and come up with quirky flavour combos, i bet many of them would work well in non-doughnut treats too.
August 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjo
I will totally come up there and be your assistant one day. Or one morning. I'm dead serious...I'll leave the baby (toddler) at home with my MIL and come clean and walk your dogs and eat doughnuts. Or donuts. My sugar tolerance is embarrassingly high.
August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
I would gladly take some of those donuts off your hands :) Love FIGS! And can't wait to hear how that blackberry and basil(?) mix turned out. . . .
August 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersonia the mexigarian
Yum! You will probably not want to ever eat doughnuts again after this.
August 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSondi
I've always been afraid of making doughnuts. I don't know if it's the whole process or the fact that if I succeed my family will be demanding them every weekend. Either way, these look delicious! When it comes to clean as you go, I totally agree. Whenever I clean as I go I find myself needing to reuse a spatula I just cleaned or a measuring cup. Then I wonder why I even washed it in the first place and just have to wash it again.
September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKali

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