Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cinnamon Donuts

Okay,I have to admit,this was basically an experiment for me today.I had seen this recipe in Better Homes & Gardens,and thought it might be fun to try,and it definitely was.One of my sons helped me,and loved shaking the donuts in a bag filled with cinnamon & sugar.Cutting out the shapes was also fun.This is a great recipe to make with your children,except of course,cooking them in the hot oil...adults only for that!
3-1/2 c. flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/3 c. milk
1/2 c. butter,melted
4 eggs,beaten
2/3 c. sugar
vegetable oil for frying
cinnamon/sugar mix and/or powdered sugar
   In a large mixing bowl,beat eggs & sugar for 5 minutes.Add milk & butter.Add flour,baking powder,salt ,cinnamon & nutmeg.Mix with a wooden spoon until smooth.Cover with plastic and refrigerate fo 2 hours.
   Remove dough from the refrigerator,and roll out on a lightly floured surface.The recipe calls for rolling it out about 1/2 inch thick.Next time,I would go a bit thicker.Just my preference.Using two round cookie cutters(large & small) ,or an actual donut cutter,cut out the donuts.
     In a large heavy duty pot,heat vegetable oil to about 350-375 degrees.There should be enough oli to easily cover the donuts and allow them to float.Using a slotted spoon,carefully place 3-4 donuts in at a time.They should take between 1-1/2 - 2 minutes per side.Watch then carefully ,as they may burn quickly(I know,I burned some)! Place them on a plate lined with paper towels.While still warm,shake them in a paper bag,one or two at a time,filled with the cinnamon sugar mixture,or powdered sugar.
     If desired,fry the donut holes as well,watching carefully so as not to burn.Have fun!
Cinnamon/Sugar Mixture:
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Mix together and use to coat donuts.

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