If you were snowed in, work was cancelled, and you had all of the necessary ingredients, tell me…
Why wouldn’t you make doughnuts?
Sure it takes a little time to do it properly, but it wasn’t like I was going anywhere on that February morning.
A lot of people don’t like frying, because they’ve had bad experiences with poorly-fried food. I get it. Believe me, greasy food makes me queasy too. If you keep a thermometer in the pot, fry in small batches, monitor the temperature between batches, and drain food properly, you will end up with almost as much oil in the pot as you started with. Less oil leaching into the food, no greasy texture.
I am always a fan of peanut oil for deep frying as I think it has the most neutral flavor, but you can use anything with a high smoke point.
Since I was snowed in at the last minute on this occasion, I decided to make cake doughnuts. I prefer to allow yeast doughs to rise overnight and we didn’t have that kind of time.
Old Fashioned Cake Doughnuts
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ tbsp salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 teaspon cinnamon
- 2 eggs
- 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup whole or 2% milk
- 4 cups flour
- Oil for frying
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices.
Add doughnuts gently to the hot oil, cooking a few at a time so that the oil temperature stays between 360-375 degrees. Once you see golden brown around the edges, flip the doughnuts so that they cook on both sides. Total cooking time is about 2-3 minutes for doughnuts and about a minute for doughnut holes.
Remove the doughnuts using a spider and drain on a cooling rack inverted over a layer of paper towels.
While warm, glaze or sugar as desired. For this batch, I dipped some in cinnamon sugar and others are topped with a simple powdered sugar, milk, lemon zest, and vanilla glaze and sprinkles. I love crazy flavor combinations, but sometimes simplicity is perfect.
And I have to say that toasty coffee, pajamas, and doughnuts is a pretty fantastic way to spend a Sunday morning with your sweetie, snowed in or otherwise.
Ciao for now!