Is there anything better in the world than homemade doughnuts?
I needed a treat for our weekly Youth Group gathering. My original thought was root beer floats (also awesome), but when the day came it was -20 outside (I kid you not). Suddenly, ice cream was slightly less appetizing. After approximately 30 seconds of brainstorming, I landed on doughnut holes.
The original recipe is here at Just a Taste. She has some other crazy aweome-looking recipes if your life needs more fried dough in it. And–if we’re being honest–whose doesn’t?
Note: I doubled the recipe, because: teenagers.
Start by heating two-three inches of oil in a heavy pot. Make sure you are using a deep fry thermometer, or your doughnuts will either burn to a crisp or be undercooked in the middle. If you’re extra lucky, they will be both. Ask me how I know this. (Answer: an unmitigated disaster of doughnut making with my nephew a few years ago). Your oil needs to be 350 degrees. It takes a while for it to heat up, so start the oil first.
For your batter, start with 2 cups milk.
Beat in two eggs. These are from my neighbor’s chickens. I swear they’re supposed to be green and I’m not using sketchy ingredients.
In a separate bowl, add four cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 3 Tbsp. baking powder, and 1 tsp. salt.
Stir wet ingredients into dry. I used a whisk. This is a mistake. The batter is very thick and you will have much better luck with a wooden spoon.
Everything in the world is better with butter. Melt 1/2 cup (one stick) and add it to your batter.
Prepare a cooling station. I used a cookie sheet with a double layer of paper towells. If your oil is hot enough, there will be very little left on the doughnuts when they’re done cooking, but it’s always good to be prepared. If you don’t have a slotted strainer, tongs will work for fishing hot doughnuts out of oil. Don’t use your fingers. Please.
When your oil is at 350, drop in 1 Tablespoon balls of dough. I used a small cookie scoop, and it worked great. My pan was large enough to fry 12 holes at a time. It’s important that the holes don’t touch while they fry, so if your pan is getting crowded, stop adding. The dough will sink for a moment then float to the top. Fry doughnuts approximately two minutes, then flip with a spoon, and fry two more minutes. If, like me, you don’t pay attention to your oil heat and it reaches 390 degrees, they’ll cook much faster and start to burn. Please pay attention to your oil temperature.
After you remove the holes from the pot, be sure to check the oil temp again. If it has dropped below 350, wait until the temperature is back up before adding your next batch.
In a separate bowl or paper bag, mix 1 cup sugar and 1 Tbsp. cinnamon. After the doughnuts have cooled, roll in the cinnamon sugar. You could also go with powdered sugar, or check the original link for a glaze recipe
Makes 36 doughnut holes (fried in three batches). This took approximately half an hour, but that’s counting my oil disaster and the time it took for the oil to cool back down.
Optional step: feed to hungry teenagers (and one three year old). Then field the disappointment of your own offspring when they come home to find none leftover. Promise to make more tomorrow after school. Repeat recipe.