Wednesday, October 7, 2009

New blog and a recipe for FALL!

Hi! My name is Heather and I wanted a good place to share recipes that I make for my 5 picky kids. Halloween is coming up, and for some reason Halloween and donuts just go together. So here is a great recipe for yeast donuts. It's a definite picky-buster! The dough is a little sticky - but don't be afraid of it! Just put a good amount of flour on your work surface when you roll these out, use a light touch with the dough, and it's all good!


5 cups flour (I used 1/2 white and 1/2 wheat)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
4 1/2 tsp. (2 pkg.) yeast
1 3/4 cups very warm milk (I put mine in the microwave for 30 sec.)
1/3 cup canola oil
2 eggs
Oil for frying

Mix 2 cups of the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Add milk, oil, and eggs. Beat on low speed for 2 minutes. Stir in remaining flour until smooth. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double, or about 1 hour.
Turn dough onto generously floured surface and roll around to lightly coat with flour. Flatten or roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness and cut with a floured donut cutter. Keep this up until all of the dough is used up. Cover and let rest for 40 minutes or so.
Heat oil (enough for the little babies to float, about 2 inches) to 350 degrees. Carefully slide donuts into hot oil with a spatula. (I coated my spatula with Pam spray, and it worked great.) Fry about 1 minute on each side or until golden brown. Don't let them get too brown, because they can easily be overcooked. I turned mine with a wooden spoon handle. Remove carefully and drain on a cooling rack placed over paper towels.
You can make a quick glaze to dip them in with powdered sugar (a few cups) , milk (a few tablespoons), and vanilla (about a teaspoon). YUM!

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