Saturday, July 11, 2009

Breakfast Breads Week Grand Final - Cake Doughnuts

If you listen closely, I'm sure you'll be able to hear our family's groans of delight! I'm telling ya, this was a GRAND FINALE to Breakfast Breads Week. Rhett said, "The people who said, "You can have too much of a good thing" LIED!" :) These cake doughnuts were easy to make, had amazing flavor (thank you, nutmeg!) and made our Saturday morning quite special. You really should give these a try; I hope you will. YUM!

Cake Doughnuts


4 C all-purpose flour
1 C sugar
3 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 C buttermilk
1/4 C margarine or butter, melted, or 1/4 C oil (I used margarine)
1 t. vanilla
2 eggs, slightly beaten
Oil for deep frying

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; mix well. Add all remaining ingredients except oil for frying; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. If desired, refrigerate dough for easier handling. Fill large saucepan or electric skillet 2/3 full with oil. Heat to 375 degrees. Meanwhile, on well-floured surface, knead dough 1 to 2 minutes or until no longer sticky. Roll half of dough at a time to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with floured doughnut cutter. With pancake turner, slip doughnuts and holes into hot oil. Fry doughnuts and holes 1 - 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until deep golden brown. Drain on paper towels. If desired, roll doughnuts and holes in powdered sugar, granulated sugar or a cinnamon-sugar mixture, or drizzle with glaze.

Serving: 30 doughnuts (I think, we got about 20)
Recipe Given By: Pillsbury Best Muffins and Quick Breads

Hints: 1) I refrigerated the second half of dough and it was easier to handle, 2) we used an electric fryer, but a heavy duty skillet would work just fine, I think, 3) I dropped dough in by hand (dumb!) and took out with tongs; dropping doughnut holes causes burns!, 4) we tried all 4 sweet treatments - didn't care for powdered sugar or the drizzle of glaze, loved the sugar and cinnamon sugar coatings, 5) make sure oil is completely cool before returning to plastic container to throw away; our "hot plastic" is now sitting in a sink submerged in a tub of ice water.

Here we go...

Flipped and almost ready...

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