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Homemade Doughnuts

EASE OF PREPARATION:  Easy, Moderate, Complex

A recipe is merely words on paper; a guideline, a starting point from which to improvise. It cannot pretend to replace the practiced hand and telling glance of a watchful cook. For that reason feel free to stir your own ideas into this dish. When you cook it once, it becomes yours, so personalize it a bit. Add more of an ingredient you like or less of something you don’t like. Try substituting one ingredient for another. Remember words have no flavour, you have to add your own!

Ingredients

For the Doughnuts:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 stick (2 ounces, 1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons) of butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 eggs

For the Cinnamon Sugar Coating:

  • 1/2 sugar
  • 1/4 cup ground cinnamon

 

Method

Preheat your deep fryer to 375°.

For the Doughnuts:

  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and nutmeg.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, buttermilk and eggs.
  • Pour into the dry ingredients and stir well until combined and the mixture forms a dough.
  • On a floured surface roll the dough until it’s about 1” thick. 
  • Cut out doughnuts using a 3” round cutter and then cut out the centers with a half inch round cutter.
  • Drop the doughnuts into the hot oil and fry until they are golden and float to the top. 
  • Flip and fry on both sides.
  • Drain on paper towels.

For the Cinnamon Sugar Coating:

  • Whisk together the sugar and cinnamon and toss the hot doughnuts in the mixture.

Yield:  about 20 doughnuts