Snowballs and Donuts
Sugary Confections and Doughnuts
Donuts are popular confections in many countries. Donuts are generally fried sweet doughs that can be home made or purchased in bakeries and stores. Special donut cutters create the traditional "O" shape of the dessert. These cutters also make donut holes, the small piece of dough cut out of the circles. When making donuts at home I've found these pieces make fun additions to the hole donut experience (bad pun, I couldn't resist).
Home made doughnuts are so much more moist, tender and flavorful than store bought. We made lots of donuts when I was a kid, probably because they were made from affordable ingredients and easy to make snacks at the time. I suspect they still are inexpensive and easy but I haven't made donuts in a long time myself.
The easiest method is to simply fry the dough and roll the sweet treats in powdered sugar while still warm. If you have kids involved there will be plenty of volunteers for this little chore. Pop the donuts into a paper bag filled with powdered sugar and shake, shake, shake the booty. Decorate the doughnuts with glaze, icing or give them a dusting of chopped nuts or colored candy sprinkles.
Several things to remember when making donuts:
- Use as little flour as possible when rolling out the dough for cutting
- Keep handling the dough to a minimum otherwise the dough will be tough
- Less fat absorbtion occurs when temperature of the oil is between 360 and 375 °
- Cook just a few donuts at a time, turn them as they rise and remove to drain as soon as they are sufficiently browned
- Use an amount of oil to fill the frying pan up to 3 inches or more
- Turn out to drain on crumpled paper for better absorbtion of oil
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