Yesterday it snowed (though a rather disappointing amount), and Mom decided to make snow day doughnuts with us! She and her sisters used to make them on snow days with their mom when they were girls.
It was a lot of fun to do, and it wasn’t actually that hard – just time consuming. Make sure you plan ahead before making doughnuts because it takes most of the day to let the dough rise the two or three times required.
After mixing up the dough, Mom rolled it out fairly thick.
Since we, ahem, didn’t actually have a doughnut cutter (which my mom noticed a little too late XD ) we used a round measuring cup for cutting out the doughnut and a bottle cap for cutting out the hole. It actually worked quite well!
We put the cut out doughnuts on an extra table board which was big enough to hold them all but still portable.
We didn’t forget the doughnut holes!
Next we needed to fry them – the fun part! Make sure to slip the doughnuts intothe hot oil very, very carefully to avoid getting splattered: don’t plop them in! Watch the middles of the doughnuts and flip them over every so often to see if they’re getting browned. You have to be quick because once they’re done, they’re all done at once.
This is what an unglazed doughnut looks like. Pretty tempting, huh?
But take a look at these! YUMMY! Let the doughnuts cool and drain on some paper towels for just a bit, then take a knife and fork and coat them in a delicious glaze.
Never forget the poor yummy doughnut holes!
Let them dry on a metal rack, like we did, or hang them from a wooden dowel, and then DIG IN! Ohhh they taste so good! This recipe made about 50 doughnuts for us, so we froze the extras in Ziploc bags to have for Sunday morning breakfasts. Mmmmm!
- 1 c. Crisco, butter or other shortening
- 4 c. milk
- 1 c. sugar
- 4 packages of dry yeast (4 tablespoons)
- 4 tsp. salt
- 14 c. flour (add to desired consistency)
Heat milk. Dissolve yeast in warm water and mix into warmed milk.Add 3 cups of flour to mixture and beat until smooth. Set back and let rise about 2 hours.
Cream butter, sugar, and salt, then add eggs. Add to yeast mixture. Stir in the rest of the flour and let rise until dough doubles in size.
Roll out the dough, cut, and let rise again. Fry in fat or oil at 375 degrees. Glaze (see below).
- 1 lb. powdered sugar (3 1/2 cups)
- 6-8 tbsp. boiling water
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Mis until smooth. Pour into small, deep bowl and dip the fried doughnuts with a fork and knife. They should be well covered with a thin coat of glaze.
And there you have it! The perfect snack to go with your snow day. (Or any day, actually.)
Do you like doughnuts? (Hint: the answer is yes.) Have you ever made doughnuts before?
I hope you enjoyed this post, and thanks for reading!
P. S. True, it was a disappointing amount of snow, but I actually got quite a few fun snow/ice pictures, if I do say so myself. 😀 Stay tuned!