Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Making Donuts

Don't you just love stopping by and picking up fresh donuts from the donut shop. I would too, if there were one closer than 85 miles away. When we get a hankering for warm donuts, we have to make them ourselves. Yesterday was the day to do just that. We usually use cheap canned biscuits, but this time I used Mary Ostyn's recipe from her new book Family Feasts. You can use any basic yeast dough recipe, I'm sure. Just roll it out about a 1/2 inch thick and cut out with a glass. Then cut out the centers with a soda bottle lid or something of similar size.

Next, at about medium, heat 2-3 cups of oil in a medium size pot. Drop one donut hole in the oil to check the temp. If it gets golden brown in about 1 minute, it's ready.

Flip it over and give it about 30 seconds on the other side. Don't let the oil get too hot or the donuts will burn before the inside is done.
Drain the donuts on a paper plates or whatever you have available.

Finally, stir together about a cup of powdered sugar with a few tablespoons of milk and a couple drops of vanilla. Drizzle this glaze over the warm donuts and eat! Yummy. You can also frost them with chocolate frosting. Yesterday, we just added a little cocoa powder to the glaze. Not quite the same thing, but they were good nevertheless.

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