Yes, I made doughnuts! The other day, while organizing and rearranging some magazines I have hanging around the house, the toddler and I came across this one from September 2010:
He took one look and declared, "Nonuts!" So I decided that was enough motivation for me to go ahead and try them, which I did yesterday. The recipe is actually really easy, you just have to allow time to let the dough sit and chill in the refrigerator. Better Homes and Gardens adapted this recipe from the 1953 edition of their New Cook Book, replacing shortening with butter. This is a cake doughnut recipe, kind of like the ones you might get at a harvest fair or at an apple farm. Yum.
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 T baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
4 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup sugar
Vegetable oil for frying
Cinnamon-sugar (1/2 c. sugar and 1 tsp. ground cinnamon) or powdered sugar
1. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside. In another bowl combine milk and melted butter. In a large mixing bowl combine eggs and sugar; beat with an electric mixer until thick (about 5 minutes). Add milk mixture; stir with wooden spoon to combine. Add flour mixture and stir with wooden spoon until smooth. Cover dough; chill 2 hours (dough will remain slightly sticky).
2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut dough with a floured 2 1/2-inch round cutter. Use a 1 1/4-inch cutter to cut the hole for the doughnut. (You can also use a standard doughnut cutter.)
3. Fry 2 or 3 doughnuts at a time in deep hot fat (375 degrees) for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes ot until brown, turning halfway through with a slotted spoon. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining doughnuts and doughnut holes.
4. Shake warm doughnuts in a bag with cinnamon-sugar or powered sugar. Serve warm (or reheat each doughnut 8 to 10 seconds in microwave on high.) Makes about 15 doughnuts plus doughnut holes.
My nicely cut dough.
Sizzling doughnut holes (and a pretty neat picture)!
Rolling them in cinnamon-sugar.
The doughnut pile.They turned out good! They are a little on the dry side, but that could just be the way I cooked them. Keeping the oil on temperature can be tricky. I only made a half-recipe, too. There are only three of us here to eat them, and one of us is quite small, though he could probably eat the most if given the chance. My biscuit cutter was smaller than what they said- probably only 2 inches, which means I had to improvise on the hole (I used an old formula scoop we had), and I got 11 doughnuts out of it. I also just pressed the doughnuts into the cinnamon-sugar rather than shaking them in a bag. It was just as easy. It made for a fun project, and I'm sure we'll make them again. Enjoy!