Friday, November 12, 2010

Sugared Cinema: Wayne's World (1992)

 Uh, Wayne?


Do you ever get the feeling Benjamin's just using us?

Good call.  It's like he wants us to be liked by everyone.  I mean Led Zeppelin didn't write tunes everybody liked.  They left that to the Bee Gees. 

Wayne's World had a lot more going for it than all the other SNL sketch-based movies.  Let's take a look:

Mike Myers
Dana Carvey
 a mobile rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody
Milwaukee: Its History, Its Pronunciation by Alice Cooper 
The Graduate: The Remix
Stan Mikita's Donuts

In 1994, King's Dominion, our semi-local amusement park, added two Wayne's World-themed attractions to the park:  a wooden coaster affectionately named The Hurler and a Stan Mikita's.  I'm not sure if you could actually buy donuts there or if it was just a gift shop.  Either way, I remember thinking it was pretty sweet when I was 14.  Since then, Stan Mikita's has been turned into a generic diner and The Hurler has been stripped of all its Wayne's World likenesses.

But after 18 years, Wayne's World is still one of my favorite 90's movies.  And without fail, I'm always left with a craving for red rope licorice, Doritos and, most of all, donuts.

Baked Donuts
Recipe via Steel City Flan (thanks Billie!)

Here's what you'll need:

1 1/3 cups warm milk, 95-105 degrees
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 Tablespoons unbutter, diced
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
5 cups all-purpose flour
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt

Line a few baking sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine 1/3 cup of the milk and the yeast.  Let it sit for five minutes.

Add the butter and sugar to the remaining milk.  

Stir well then pour into the yeast mixture.

Add the eggs, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt to the yeast mixture.  Use a fork to stir until all of the flour is moistened.

Attach the dough hook then beat the dough for two minutes on medium.  You want it to be smooth, not sticky.  Feel free to add a little milk or flour until the dough reaches the right consistency.

Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and cover it with a towel.  Place the bowl in a warm area and let it do its thing for an hour.

Lightly degas the dough (knead out some of the air.)  Flour your working surface then roll out your dough to 1/2-inch thickness.

Use a 3-inch round cutter to cut out your donuts.  

Transfer the little dough rounds to the baking sheets.

Use a smaller round cutter to cut out the hole.

Cover the donuts and let them rise for 45 minutes.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 8-10 minutes or until the bottoms are a light golden brown.

Move the donuts to a cooling rack then doll them up.  Glaze 'em, powder 'em, dip 'em in chocolate.  I used Alton Brown's glaze recipe.

 It will be mine.  Oh yes.  It will be mine.


Well, that's all the time we had for our movie.  We hope you found it entertaining, whimsical and yet relevant, with an underlying revisionist conceit that bullied the films emotional attachments to the subject matter. 

Party on.


  1. I have been dying for a donut, even half of one, for a while now. This is not helping to calm the thirst for glazed donuts!

    Wayne's World is a classic. We had a talent show in high school and it was "hosted" by Wayne and Garth. Good stuff.

    "I learned english by watching those Police Academy movies."

  2. Party on Ali. And may I say the donuts look spectacular. They got a good rise...schwing!

  3. Those donuts DO look spectacular!

    The Donut Shop at Kings Dominion was not actually a donut shop. I remember being very dissapointed by that.

  4. Margie - you could always make a...meatloaf donut. With mashed potato icing. This isn't helping at all, is it?

    Lora - thanks :) Frosted donuts are such a cute food to photograph.

    Wendi - Hahaha! Your schwing timing is impeccable, good lady.

    Getoutofmykitchen - I'm sure you weren't alone in your disappointment, either. Although if it had been an actual donut shop, it just wouldn't have been the same without Glen.

  5. A brilliant idea! And totally not helping. But, brilliant nevertheless.

  6. I'm really glad I just stuffed my face with a biscuit. Otherwise, I'd be licking the screen right about now.

  7. this is adorable! and the donuts look positively sinful and delectable. trade you apple molasses cookies for donuts...

  8. oOoOoOoooh this is definitely happening. posts got me hotter than Tia Carrere (Casandra). Sexy, plump lil' circles of joy.

  9. Holy sh*t that's a beautiful donut, Ali! ;) YUM

  10. Katie - I could go for a biscuit too, actually.

    Angry Asian - Let's make like Monty Hall and deal.

    Maximus - do they make you feel kinda funny like when you used to climb the ropes in gym class?

    Manda - I'll make another batch and bring them to the nest sometime <3

  11. So I don't really talk about this a lot, but when that movie first came out I hated it. Like hated it so much I wouldn't even watch it. Reason being, at age 11 I had already been into Queen for a good three or four years thanks to my brothers, and Bohemian Rhapsody was MY song. Nobody else was supposed to know about it. And then these two clowns come along and RUIN IT. And everyone in the world all of a sudden thought that song was SO COOL. Yeah, geeze. Pfft. Posers, all.

    I got over it eventually. But it wasn't easy.

    Crucial donuts.

  12. Liam - Hahaha. I'm totally guilty of said posing. After seeing the movie, I bought the cassette single and listened to it over and over and over on my Walkman.

  13. Homemade donuts. I love it. Way healthier for you then the ones you buy at coffee shops.