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Dough-Nu-Matic personal donut maker

countertop donut maker, the Dough-Nu-Matic

Oh my gosh, I must own this. A personal mini donut maker. All just for you. I mean me. All for me.

Think of the Sunday morning possibilities. Just you, your paper, you coffee and delicious hot fresh donuts.

countertop donut maker
(This image is from ThinkGeek, where it’s also sold.)

· comments [43] · 04-7-2009 · categories:food ·

43 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ellen // Apr 7, 2009 at 9:30 am

    That totally reminds me of donut machine in the book ‘Homer Price’ by Robert McCloskey…only tiny.

  • 2 Daffodil Campbell // Apr 7, 2009 at 9:31 am

    I cannot walk past Pike’s Place without getting a dozen assorted of these bad boys. Nom nom nom !

  • 3 Minerva // Apr 7, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Wow. This has the worst reviews on Amazon of any appliance I have ever seen. 1.5 stars from 38 reveiws. Ouch.

  • 4 megan // Apr 7, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Minerva – I saw that too but if you read through the reviews the people who give it bad reviews are expecting quite a lot. You do have to keep an eye on the process and flip the donuts that don’t quite make it over on their own. The people who left good reviews say as much.

  • 5 Kris // Apr 7, 2009 at 9:47 am

    I just saw this in the SkyMall catalog on a flight. Right next to the $400 feng shui compass.

  • 6 jamie // Apr 7, 2009 at 9:54 am

    i thought i was the only person who wanted this! it would be great for experimenting with different toppings. mini doughnuts could make cute wedding favors too, or something nice for the reception to break out with the coffee, depending on what time of day it is.

  • 7 Brooke // Apr 7, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Okay…so maybe my husband wasn’t totally off his rocker at Christmas time. :) I’m so happy to see he’s not the only one with this little gem on his wish list.

    If ya score one, please let us know how yummy they turn out! :)

  • 8 greta // Apr 7, 2009 at 11:06 am

    yum! although all the problems that people cite in the reviews make me wonder if it wouldn’t be just as easy to do it on your stovetop.

    i’m with daffodil campbell above – love those pike place market mini donuts. they were a semi-regular after school occurence when i was in HS, and i still try to get there whenever i visit seattle now. mmmm…. fresh mini donuts.

  • 9 se7en // Apr 7, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Oh my word!!! If my husband saw this it would totally love at first site… too sweet! Very very Homer Price!

  • 10 Sara L. // Apr 7, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Oh my gosh, Homer Price, I had forgotten that book. POTS!

    Cool gadget, although I think if I owned this I would gain 90 pounds.

  • 11 grace // Apr 7, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    it looks so fun! i do need a reason to use up the three boxes of powdered sugar i’ve managed to accumulate…

    it also reminds me of the mini donut maker that williams sonoma sold a few years ago. i didn’t think it was worth it at the time but now i regret missing out on it.

  • 12 Sarah // Apr 7, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    There used to be carts with little machines like this called “Dinky Donuts” at flea markets & fairs. I liked to watch them pop the donuts out of the oil and onto the conveyor belt, and you could buy a little bag of them with cinnamon-sugar or powdered sugar on them. MMM!

  • 13 april w // Apr 7, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I’m nervous about any automatic frying contraption after watching all the cornballer disasters on Arrested Development..

  • 14 Karen // Apr 7, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Ohmygoodness. This could change the world. If anything could do it, this just might be it! :)

  • 15 EmmaC // Apr 7, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    A friend of mine has this and we tried to make donuts one fated morning…yeah, the machine is a bit frustrating. I think our biggest problem was that the dough was too thin (we followed the recipe that came with the machine).

    The donut maker plops the dough into the oil, but the dough was too thin to hold a good shape. Then when the mini donut came to the place where it gets flipped onto the second side, it was still too runny, got stuck on the flipper. Caused all sorts of trouble.

    Meanwhile, the dough plopper was still plopping (sorry, bad visual, but it’s apt) and all the mini donuts got backed up – it was totally I Love Lucy with donuts. (Or wasn’t there a book about a kid and donut machine?!)

    We finally figured out a mini-hack where we got a few donuts in the chute and turned off the plopper mechanism until the batch was done. We bypassed the flipper and used chopsticks to flip the donuts ourselves. They definitely looked more like little rustic beignets than the perfect mini donuts in the picture! They tasted damn fine sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon, though!

    If you get this, I recommend experimenting with the batter recipe and the timing of the dough plopping device. Honestly, now that I write this out – the device is super cute and fun, but it’s probably easier to do it yourself by heating oil in a dutch oven and using two spoons to drop the dough! After our morning of giggles, this donut machine has taken up permanent residence on top of the kitchen cupboards.

  • 16 just barrie // Apr 7, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    i’m so glad i hate donuts. but a feng shui compass, now that sounds interesting (teehee).

  • 17 Chocolate and Toast // Apr 7, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I saw this in the SkyMall catalog at least a year ago and I’ve been dreaming of it ever since! Surely, your post means the dough-nu-matic is meant to be mine, and I should just get it. Surely.

  • 18 Elaina // Apr 7, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I saw this on the Price is Right. One of the best prizes ever.

  • 19 brady // Apr 7, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    OMG! I just saw this exact thing in that skymall magazine on a flight on Saturday and tore the page out to research when I got home. I can’t wait to get one. We always make donuts from scratch, this will be so much easier. I don’t even care that the reviews rated it so poorly. Thanks!

  • 20 Jennie // Apr 7, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    It’s not really much the same, but it makes me think of the Bluth family cornballer. :)

  • 21 April // Apr 7, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I covet this too. I added it to my Amazon list a few months ago. It’s like your own personal Krispy Kreme!

  • 22 Fancy Elastic // Apr 8, 2009 at 4:23 am

    crumbs, look at the speed at which that mini donut is coming down that chute.

  • 23 prasti // Apr 8, 2009 at 5:06 am

    ooooh….i love this.

  • 24 Andrea // Apr 8, 2009 at 7:01 am

    This is SO Price Is Right prize-worthy! And now I’ll confess to 2 of my secret desires – being a contestant and owning this machine!

  • 25 Lisa // Apr 8, 2009 at 8:32 am

    I have been waiting for someone to experiment with making whole grain donuts. Please buy one of these machines and let us know how it goes!

  • 26 Jill // Apr 8, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    The Dough-Nu-Matic?? Well I guess it’s a better name than The Funcooker…

  • 27 Jessica // Apr 8, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    I love gadgets like this! …imagine the possibilities…

  • 28 marnie // Apr 8, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    mmm that totally looks like one of those things that seems better than it is. the thinkgeek site reveals that it only makes one donut a minute! that’s too slow! it’s like a friend who has this cupcake cooker thingie that takes 20 minutes to make 6 cupcakes at a time. why bother? you can make 2 dozen in the oven in the same amount of time!

  • 29 Carolyn J. // Apr 8, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    One doughnut per minute?? BAH! I’d need to buy at least four of these things to satisfy my mini-doughnut cravings.

  • 30 Mary T // Apr 9, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    You get this, I’ll get the Margarator, together we’ll be in heaven!

  • 31 KT // Apr 10, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    “Think of the pieces… Think of the crumbs… What’ll Aunt Aggie say??!!”

  • 32 CakeSpy // Apr 10, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    *dies from happy overload*

  • 33 Kellie // Apr 11, 2009 at 7:57 am

    My boss bought one for her husband for Christmas last year. She says that it sucks. They have never been able to get decent tasting donuts out of the thing and they have tried MANY times. Sad.

  • 34 megan // Apr 11, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Kellie – Bummer, thanks for the warning.

  • 35 Estee // Apr 12, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    OMG I’ve never seen something so exciting! Daily doughnuts.

  • 36 Varman // Apr 14, 2009 at 8:24 am

    I just got it in the mail after ordering from skymall after our flight back. My dad’s birthday is on the 25th of April and we’re gonna open it. Looks really cool.

  • 37 Annie Pazoo // Apr 14, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    This is very funny. And answers my childhood wishes to have the ability to make the ‘tom thumb’ donuts like they had at the Minnesota State Fair. I also think it’s funny that the logo colors, and lettering, remind me of Krispy Kreme — a deliberate selection no doubt.

  • 38 caryperk // Apr 16, 2009 at 6:56 am

    I think the best sounding/easiest donuts I’ve ever seen are the ones Giada makes by cutting out little rings of frozen bread dough and frying – quick, easy, and then rolled in sugar/powdered sugar / whatever you feel like as toppings – even frosted. Donuts are my favorite food, but even I can’t deal with this machine – it looks too chintzy!

  • 39 alison // Apr 17, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Totally like the Bluth family cornballer!!! Is this sold exclusively in Mexico now? Heheheh.

    All kidding aside, I seriously want some donuts now.

  • 40 Chuck Lund // Apr 19, 2009 at 6:08 am

    This gadget does actually work, but the temperature is not where it should be, and the donut dropper retracts too slow. I measured it with a hot grease thermometer, and it only gets to about 340 degrees. Just not hot enough for donuts. Best thing to do is place oil in large frying pan, heat to about 370-380 degrees, and use the donut dropper from the machine and push the plunger down all the way, and release rappidly. Let fry for about 40 to 50 seconds, then Turn donuts over to fry other side, then drain on paper towels, add topping and enjoy. If using the machine, operate the dropper by hand at the proper intervals for better shaped donuts. Just be sure to release the plunger rappidly. Enjoy!

  • 41 Pat Cichy // Apr 19, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    This product worked great for me and you do have to pay attention to what you’re doing. The only problem I had was the recipe. They didn’t taste very good. So if anyone has a good recipe, let me know.

  • 42 Angela // Apr 29, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Oh my!!! They have a few of these at our local overstock/freight damage shop. I think they were $35 and new in the box. Maybe I should go check them out. My girls would love it.

  • 43 Donna // Aug 29, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Mine arrived yesterday and we were looking forward to Saturday morning donuts. I made the applesauce recipe in the back of the booklet. I worked with it for 3 hours trying to get the right consistency for the dough to drop the proper amount for a decent sized mini doughnut. What came out were skinny little scrunched up blobs that looked more like fried calamari. The flavor was OK but the process was frustrating and the end product was disappointing. I would like to know what I did wrong….any advice?

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