I am asking for your forgiveness. I was extremely uninterested in this post as I started knitting the cutest baby sweater yesterday. I don’t even really have a baby to give it to. I think by the time New Baby Hillbilly is here and it’s cold enough to wear a sweater he’ll fit into it, so I guess that means MORE FOR YOU GUYS! I’m also thinking about camoflauge baby legs. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!
Alright guys. I’ve got to tell you something.
Doughnuts have been following me. I cannot get away from them. The Boyfriend hounded me to do the Top Pot 5k (which I refused to do. Because, yeah, I want to be that girl they have to haul away on a stretcher because she can’t breathe, YEAH RIGHT.)
Then I read this post on Bakerella.
Then The Pioneer Woman made doughnuts too!
THEN! We watched a show about doughnut places in the US (by the way, I’m still dying to get a spudnut in Richland, WA. I can’t believe The Mormon never mentioned this to me. MORMON, I’M LOOKING AT YOU. That’s funny because she doesn’t read my blog )
THEN TO TOP IT ALL OFF! When Cousin J sent me my magical box of wonderful things, there was a cookbook which just happened to have a maple doughnut recipe in it.
So I need to confess something. I don’t like maple flavor. I only eat fruit, honey, or peanut butter on my pancakes/waffles/etc. I never get the Maple Bar from Top Pot, I just don’t do it.
This little guy was included in Cousin J’s gifts and I decided to use it as I attempted doughnuts. I poured it into a measuring cup and tasted a little bit. IT WAS GOOD. Curious, I thought, maybe I just haven’t had maple in so long I THINK I don’t like it, but really I just had a bad experience as a kid and I now like maple syrup. So to make up the extra 1/4 cup of syrup I needed, I pulled down The Boyfriend’s bottle of maple syrup and tasted it. . .
Turns out I must be a maple syrup snob. haha These doughnuts though, they turned out delicious. Trust me. The Republi-Dad and The Sister will probably get to eat these when they’re here, they’re this cinnamon roll of this year. haha
You will need:
3 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup buttermilk
4 Tbsp butter, melted
oil for frying
So in large bowl mix all your dry ingredients. In your mixer bowl beat your sugar, eggs, maple syrup and buttermilk. Again, I didn’t have buttermilk so I used regular milk. Why is buttermilk such a large part of my life right now!? Stir your melted butter into your sugar mixture until it’s well blended. Then just mix your dry ingredients in and stir JUST UNTIL WET. DON’T OVER MIX IT!
It’s going to look gross, just accept that. It’s not all pretty and dry like cookie dough or bread dough. It looks kinda gross. But it’ll taste good, don’t worry.
Now, you need to put a TON of flour on your counter to roll these out. Every thing I read was like “OH NO! I MADE DOUGHNUTS AND THEY STUCK TO MY COUNTER AND I CRIED FOR HOURS.” Just put the flour on your counter, okay? I didn’t have any sticking doughnut problems.
Then just roll it out to 1/4 inch thickness.
Now, I don’t have the fancy doughnut cutter, I definitely used a biscuit cutter and a fondant cutter. Do what you gotta do. I lost half a set of circle fondant cutters at The Republi-Dad’s house, so if you need them, you can go look at his house and see what you find.
I laid mine out on parchment paper after I cut them because I was unsure of how well they’d stay un-stuck from the counter. Especially since the counterspace I use for rolling out dough is directly above my dishwasher and you can sometimes feel the heat from the dishwasher on the counter top. Plus, this made them easier to reach from where I was frying too.
Okay. To fry!
you just need to put some oil in a heavy sided pan. I like to use my dutch oven (no jokes.) and heat it to 375. Use your thermometer. My temperature adjusted A LOT while I was frying. I burned the first few because I wasn’t paying attention. WHAT I’M SAYING IS, INTERNET, PAY ATTENTION TO THE THERMOMETER. They only need to cook 1 minute on each side or less. I actually cooked most of mine about 40-50 seconds and they came out better. Just pay attention to them and see how they look.
After you fry them put them on towels to drain off the oil. I put towels down on cookie sheets then covered them with another towel and patted them a little to get the oil off. You should also turn them a few times to get all the oil off. I’d just wait every few doughnuts and flip them all over to make sure the oil is draining off and not getting soaked into the doughnut.
Then comes the fun part! you get to glaze them!
I made my glaze with
1/3 c. butter
2 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
4-6 T. hot water
4 oz. chocolate
just melt together the butter and chocolate. Remove from heat, add other ingredients and mix well. Add water to reach your desired consistency.
Oh and don’t forget to fry up the doughnut holes too!