I thought it would be nice to avoid the grease that comes with normal homemade doughnuts so I found a recipe for No-fry Doughnuts. Here it is:
- 2 Tablespoons (or packages) yeast
- 1/4 cup lukewarm water
- 1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup shortening
- 4 1/2 cups flour (I used around 4 cups of whole wheat flour)
Then turn the dough out onto a well floured area and roll it around lightly to coat it with flour. (The dough should be soft to handle.) Roll dough to a 1/2 inch thickness. With a doughnut cutter (or you could use a large glass and some sort of small circle to cut them out as well) cut out doughnuts and using a spatula place them on a greased baking sheet, placing 2 inches apart. Brush them with melted butter and let them rise utnil double in size, for about 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, bake the doughnuts 8-10 minutes until golden. Immediately brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Yeild: 1 1/2 to 2 dozen doughnuts.
When I made these I was a little in a hurry so I rushed the rising times. I think they would have been better if they had gotten their full time. I also didn't immediately brush them with butter when they got out so the cinnamon and sugar didn't stick real well. Henceforth they were not very sweet. Everybody still liked them so maybe that was a good thing!
- 3 1/3 cups flour (When you are deep fat frying it doesn't work to put in to much whole wheat flour as that seems to attract the grease more.)
- 1 c. sugar
- 3 teaspons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
So if you want to make a normal day special, why not make a batch of doughnuts? Do you have any tried and true recipes that you would like to share? If would be fun if you would add them in the comments, or leave a link to your blog post where you have the recipe.
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