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Underdogs: Sourdough Doughnuts

Today’s underdog is the emotional journey of making doughnuts.

Behind-The-Scenes Conversation With The Bon Appetit Test Kitchen Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

During this time of being in a semi-lockdown, I have become obsessed with the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen YouTube channel. The channel is rife with amazing and funny videos about people cooking, trying to re-create childhood snacks, fermenting things, recreating famous dishes, and giving cooking tips all in the name of teaching people.

How are they the underdogs? They are not until they try to do something that should be straightforward, but is not like making sourdough doughnuts together.

This set of three videos is a journey. A journey to the depths of despair and back again. Claire Saffitz of Gourmet Makes fame who is a good baker is confident in their doughnuts until near the end of video two and then we get a science lesson in baking.

The reason this series of videos are an underdog is because they take so long to watch, but the payoff is worth it. Seeing Claire struggle with something that is usually easy for her the same day she has to struggle through trying to make Starbursts on Gourmet Makes (another amazing episodes which includes Claire recruiting as many people in the kitchen as she could to help her stretch the taffy. And it went horribly, but that’s another video.

Instead, please enjoy the emotion journey of a Winnipeg Jets game two people making doughnuts.