Of donuts and design
Friends of mine recently bought a brownstone down the road from ours. And like ours it needed a whole lot of TLC — an almost complete gut renovation. They closed at the beginning of the year (after the most protracted and painful mortgage application process ever, with complications so outrageous and unnecessary they could be the subject of their own tragi-comedic blog). Construction work started about a week later – the same contractor who did our place is on the job: and he is the best! Its a four story with two floor through apartments upstairs and a duplex for them on the garden and parlor floors and its coming along beautifully. The upstairs apartments are nearing completion (if you want a great apartment to rent in Brooklyn in a month you know where to turn!) and the duplex is not far behind. I will try to take photos when its done to post so you can all wish it were yours!
Anyway, when I scheduled to go by on Saturday I decided my site visit would make a good excuse to bake some donuts since the previous week the contractor had picked up a dozen from dunkin’ which got my baking gene all revved up. It was the first time I’d made donuts so I spent some time looking for a recipe and decided on this one from The Pioneer Woman. I followed it pretty exactly and the donuts turned out well. Don’t they look really gorgeous? They tasted good too: but not great. The donuts from The Doughnut Plant are better — but then they were just named one of the top ten places in the country to get donuts, and I’ve never made the little things before so I don’t think its unreasonable if I haven’t achieved perfection. Yet. I’m going to keep trying! Meantime if you are in Manhattan… I seriously recommend you try one of theirs.
By the way – that gorgeous cake stand did not come with me to the dusty, dirty construction site: but I did want to give it a moment in the spotlight – and Noerah made it look like a supermodel! I bought it recently: I’d been eyeing them for ages and then they went on sale! Its made with a piece of corian screwed into an upcycled old brass candlestick thats been refinished in black.