The Homer Simpson Donut
Homer: I want a colossal donut just like the one on the sign. D-ohh! Nuts. That’s false advertising.
Squeaky-voiced Teen: Sorry, sir. No refunds.
Homer: I paid for a colossal donut and I’m going to get a colossal donut.
Squeaky-voiced Teen: You don’t scare us.
– Treehouse of Horror VI (The Simpsons)
The Simpsons | Season 7 - - Episode 6
The “traditional” Homer Simpson Donut is a round cake donut, covered with pink frosting and topped with rainbow sprinkles. It looks something like this:
And yes, I am including my successful picture right up front, especially after the abomination of a recipe I completed last time! It’s just that I wanted to prove that I’m not a complete failure at this whole thing I’ve got going. And now, let’s take a look at my top five favorite Homer Simpson donut moments from The Simpsons (in no particular order)!
Have all the donuts in the world!
This is not happening! This is NOT happening!
It’s raining again…
A vision in raspberry cream…
But making the leap from cartoons to reality wasn’t quite as smooth for me when it came to making my own donuts. Mostly because, despite the fact that you can find them everywhere and they are usually quite affordable, making donuts is a lot of work!
- 2 cups of flour
- 1/2 cup room temperature water
- 1/2 cup room temperature milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon quick yeast
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 softened butter
Donut Glaze (and Sprinkles)
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Red food colouring
Place flour, water, milk, eggs, yeast, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Using the paddle attachment, slowly combine on a low setting. Next, slowly add in the butter until the dough is mixed. It will likely be very sticky! If so, add a little more flour. Using the dough hook attachment, knead the bread on a low setting for 5-10 minutes until a dough ball is formed. Continue to knead the dough by hand until a nice, even ball is formed. Place the ball in a an oiled bowl and cover with plastic and allow it rise for an hour. Once risen, place the dough in the fridge overnight (or for at least 4 hours).
When ready to make donuts, remove the dough from the fridge and roll out onto a floured surface. Some people like to use a donut cutter. I just use a thick cup and a thick shot glass, so it’s really up to you. Cover the donuts and let them rise for another hour (no one said this wouldn’t be time consuming).
When the donuts are ready, heat your oil of choice to 375F and carefully drop in one donut at a time. If you cook too many at once the oil temperature will drop and you will get soggy donuts. After 30 seconds, flip the donut onto the other side and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove donut from the oil and cool on a wire rack, with paper towel underneath to catch the grease.
For the glaze, mix together icing sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and red food colouring until you have the right color and consistency. Once cooled, dip the donut into the glaze and immediately add sprinkles.
So basically the moral of the story is, never try. No, wait! The moral THIS time is if you want to make homemade donuts be sure to plan at least a day in advance. I’m actually quite happy with how these turned out. The donuts weren’t perfectly shaped but I just didn’t feel like buying a donut cutter so I’m ok with. Let’s just say they’re rustic.
Cromulence: 8 Paul Ankas out of 10
Oh god, Marge’s delivery of “It’s raining again” makes me laugh for 10 mins straight then I calm down and laugh again. One of those perfect Simpsons one liners I can hear in my head. Right up there with “Mmm… erotic cakes…”
Speaking of, when will you be attempting Marge’s dong cakes?
I suppose I will have to let them sit for a day to make them truly authentic “day old dongs” but otherwise I assumed they were just long donuts filled with white frosting? Mmmm, erotic cakes.
“The moral of the story is, never try.” A philosophy I have embraced since I was a wee child. Oh right the recipe. Man with as prolifically available as donuts are commercially they are deceptively complex to make. I mean I’ve known that for years but still. And it looks like you did a good job making them. And it’s curious how the donut thing worked out. Considering in the season 2 episode Stark Raving Dad how everyone mocked Homer for wearing a pink shirt (which I didn’t think looked that bad on him) and offered him a donut with… Read more »
I have to agree on the whole pink donut thing. As someone who ate a giant pink donut (the big pink) at Universal Studios it’s crazy to think how ingrained the donuts have become with Homer.
And yes, I agree completely on the freeze frame. My general rule is that any episode where Marge’s hair isn’t moving with a life of it’s own suggests this probably won’t be an episode worth my time.