Yeast intimidates me and waiting for dough to rise takes too long, so I opted for cake doughnuts. After mixing the sticky dough, Miss M helped me cut the doughnuts. She asked that I not post pictures of her in PJs, so you'll have to take my word for it: Miss M is very cute cutting doughnuts in her PJs.
We watched the cooking oil slooooooowly heat up. FYI, a watched pot of doughnut oil never gets to temperature. Fingers drumming.
Here's the thing I learned: Big doughnuts are unwieldy and hard to cook thoroughly. Also, GREASY. After struggling through a few batches, I opted to shape the doughnuts into smaller discs that cooked up consistently and were much prettier.
These doughnut discs are easy to pop in your mouth and less of an eating commitment. I had three or four. As did everyone else. Actually, I'd say the Chez 500Jerk collective caloric ingestion is already somewhere in the 10,000 range. And we haven't had a real meal yet today.
It could be a VERY scary Halloween.