1. Pick a recipe. One from a really famous pastry chef is sure to get you great results. The one from Sherry Yard's "The Secrets of Baking" entitled Brioche Donuts will get you superb results.
3. Make the dough. Let it rise. Oh wait. Let it rise again.
4. Pat out the dough. Let your six-year-old and two-year-old cut out doughnuts. All that play-doh practice comes in handy.
5. Let them rest and puff up while you heat the oil. Mix a glaze with powdered sugar and milk and vanilla.
6. When the temperature of the oil reaches EXACTLY 360 degrees put in some donuts. Frantically turn down the temperature when all of a sudden the thermometer registers 400 degrees.
7. Fry donuts for a minute on each side. Continue to frantically turn the heat dial from low to medium to medium-high and even off in search of a steady temperature.
8. Remove donuts with tongs and let cool on a wire rack set over a pan.
9. Repeat steps 6 through 8 until all donuts are fried.
10. Dip tops in glaze and sprinkle with decorations. Eat. Enjoy. Eat some more. Enjoy some more. Don't forget to eat those donut holes too.
11. Apologize to husband who comes home and curses you for making donuts while he eats and eats and eats some more.
Really, this was a fun and easy challenge. And delicious, of course. Certainly, though, I'd be happy to let Krispy Kreme make the majority of my donuts in the future. Let them worry about steady temperatures and angry husbands!