Monday, March 25, 2013

Homemade Cake Doughnuts

Yep, it's spring.   The day after Palm Sunday, and we have 6 inches (or more!) of snow on the ground!   Snow Day!!!  The kids are home from school, and we're calling this Day 1 of Spring Break....knowing they'll snatch one of our real days of Spring Break next week away for a make up day.  Oh well.  We'll have a great indoor day today!
A lazy morning calls for homemade doughnuts.   The kids were too hungry to wait for yeast-risen doughnuts, so I made a batch of "cake" doughnuts which have baking powder instead of yeast.






The batter is simple to mix together---flour, sugar, egg, melted butter, baking powder, vanilla, and a little salt.

Roll the dough to 3/8 inch and cut with a doughnut cutter.





In a heavy pan, heat oil to 350 degrees.  Carefully drop cut doughnut dough into the hot oil, two or three at a time.  Do not overcrowd the pot.






Flip once during frying.   Remove from oil when golden brown, about 3 minutes.  Place on a plate lined with several paper towels to absorb the extra oil.  Flip after a minute or so to drain the other side.





When cool enough to handle easily, dip in vanilla glaze or chocolate glaze, or rolled in powdered sugar.  Sprinkle with sprinkles if desired.  Set on a wire rack to cool completely and set the glaze.





Serve with a tall glass of milk, and enjoy!





Homemade Cake Doughnuts

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
 1 teaspoon salt
 1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons melted butter
 1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
 1 egg, beaten
 oil for frying

Heat oil to 350 degrees in a deep fryer or heavy-bottomed pot.  In a medium sized bowl beat together milk, egg, vanilla, and melted butter.  Add flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Turn onto area prepared with flour and knead a few times until smooth.  Roll to 1/2 inch thickness.   Dip either doughnut cutter or two biscuit cutters (one 1-inch and one 3 or 4-inch) in flour.  Cut doughnuts.  Carefully drop doughnuts into hot oil, only a few at a time. Fry, turning once, for about 3 minutes or until golden brown.  Drain on paper towels, turning once so both sides can drain.    Cool while you prepare glazes.  Roll in powdered sugar or dip into glaze.   Place on a wire rack.  Sprinkle with sprinkles if desired.   Cool completely to set the glaze.  Yield:  1 dozen doughnuts



Vanilla Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 teaspoons milk

Whisk together until smooth.



Chocolate Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla
2-3 teaspoons milk

Whisk together until smooth.


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