Yesterday was Halloween. That was pleasing. The best part of Halloween was the fact that Mr. Fantastic took the kids trick-or-treating. WOOHOO!! I cannot express how much I needed him to be in charge of that. But that left me home alone. Sure, I had the occasional 2 second interaction with random superheroes, scary creatures from my worst nightmares, and zombies (a.k.a. trick-or-treaters). Still, I was home alone. What to do? What to do?!
The obvious answer was to make a treat. 🙂 EVERYONE needs more treats on Halloween!! So I made donuts. I also made doughnuts…at the same time…because no one can agree on the spelling…
I can’t be the only one who feels like homemade donuts scream fall! I refuse to believe it’s true. But I do know that we all feel a bit overwhelmed sometimes. That perfect donut shape is really only achieved with special tools. (Molds, donut cutters, or this one thing my mom had when I was a kid that allowed her to just push a button and this funnel thing would drop the batter out in the donut shape. I want that thing…) But what if you just really need a donut?!
That’s where I found myself last night. I wanted to make donuts. But I didn’t want to pull out the mold or the donut cutter. So I went looking through my legendary cookbook collection. (Legendary based on size alone. I 💕 Cookbooks. 🙂 In a cookbook called Mormon Country Cooking I found a recipe for drop donuts! DROP! As in, you DROP THEM IN THE OIL!! Just with a teaspoon. It’s like donut holes without the rest of the work. But better…because it was fast!! I modified it a bit, so here is my recipe.
Autumn Drop Donuts
1/3 cup sugar
2 T melted butter
1/3 cup milk (I used almond milk)
2 cups flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
hot oil (375 degrees)
Use the ratios that taste good to you. Just be aware you will need A LOT more sugar than cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the cinnamon/nutmeg slowly, and taste in between to make sure you have your proper ratio.
- Measure your flour by first stirring it, then spooning it into the cup. It keeps the flour from being packed. In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
- Beat eggs until very light. Like…super light. Mine were so pretty that I should have taken a picture. You’ll know when they’re light. They look different. They are lighter in color and the volume has increased.
- Add the sugar, melted butter, and milk. Beat them together to keep them nice and light.
- Add the dry ingredients. Mix well.
- Drop by teaspoonfuls into deep hot oil. Fry on all sides until golden brown. They do puff up! So remember that. I used my cookie scoop to drop them. It just made it easy for me to be consistent.
- Drain on brown paper. Here is where it gets iffy for you. You can do it the way I did it, or you can do it the way others do it. I just took the donuts and immediately dropped them in the sugar topping mix and coated them. Then I put them on the paper. Others drain the donuts entirely, then coat them in melted butter and drop them in the sugar topping. Whatever you want to do is fine. Just make sure you coat all sides before setting them aside to cool, let the donuts and sugar become one.
And that’s it!! So easy. I promise. I mentioned previously that I have been feeling like a loser because I haven’t had the wherewithal to create the experiences that I always loved. Last night was a gift. I felt like myself for a brief period in time. I made donuts for family! I had the joy of giving them something delicious and watching them devour it…all made by me. I created. It was beautiful. It wasn’t a big deal. This recipe only makes 24 donuts approx. But it was something…it was my creation, and they loved it. I think that’s one of the most important things we can do for ourselves and those we love…create. Create your joy; Create your day; Create opportunity. Be creative!!
If you have been wanting to try donuts, this is an INCREDIBLY easy recipe to start with. And besides…you can always make a glaze instead and coat the donuts in a glaze!! Make it your own!
Queen Aimeé subbing for Grannie Annie
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