Last weekend I thought I had completely lost my mind.
I made donuts.
Completely from scratch.
Dough rolling, donut cutter cutting, oil heating, slotted spoon dipping, powdered sugaring and frosting…….donuts.
Turns out, it wasn’t such a bad idea after all.
If you haven’t done this before, you really should. It is something the kids are going to remember long after you are dead…..and I mean that in a good way. They will smile and reminisce at your funeral…. “Remember that time Mom made us homemade donuts for breakfast one random Saturday morning?”
Preparing homemade donuts for your children will make your sons seek out fantastic women to marry, and turn your daughters into the most magnificent mommies.
It is just the simple, magical fact, as the kids lick powdered sugar off of their adorable lips and your husband winks lovingly as he bites into a warm blissful ring, that you created it……not Crispy Crème.
Wanna know how?? Put on a ruffled apron and spread a gingham table cloth on the table. Here it is……
· 3 ½ cups all-purpose flower
· 1 Tbsp. baking powder
· 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
· ¾ tsp. salt
· 1/3 cup milk
· ½ cup butter, melted
· 4 eggs, beaten
· 2/3 cups sugar
· Oil for deep-fat frying (I used a mix of peanut and vegetable)
· Cinnamon, Sugar, Powdered Sugar, or Frosting for topping
1. In a bowl combine, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, & nutmeg. In another bowl combine milk and melted butter. In another large bowl combine eggs and sugar and beat with electric mixer until thick (about 5 minutes). Add the milk mixture and then stir. Add flour mixture and stir until smooth. Cover dough and chill for 2 hours. Dough will remain slightly sticky.
2. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Roll to ½ inch thickness. Cut dough with donut cutter. (If you don’t have a cutter you could use two different sizes of circles….very small for the holes of course. Make life easier for yourself and go buy a donut cutter. They make cute cookie wreaths for Christmas too.)
3. Heat oil to 325 to 375 F. I put oil in a stockpot about 2 inches deep. Heat donuts 2 or 3 at a time. Turn each donut about halfway through with a slotted spoon. Remove from oil when brown, and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining donuts and holes.
4. You can shake the donuts in powdered sugar, cinnamon and sugar, or frost them. I had green frosting from my daughter’s birthday cake leftover. (Don’t judge me. Yes I ate birthday cake the night before I made donuts. It was grand.) They aren't perfectly frosted. Sorry.
Don’t forget the holes!!!!
I am not going to lie. Making homemade donuts is a bit of work. It is a big mess and makes your house smell like a giant Fry Daddy. Trust me though. Turn on your fan, open your windows and make the donuts. It will change your life forever.