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Homemade Donuts


My son asked me to make donuts for breakfast, so I looked up a recipe and settled on these homemade cake donuts [2].

They were pretty simple to make and the kids enjoyed helping. I used a large cup for cutting out the outer shape and a prescription bottle lid for the inner circle. It was just the right size for little hands.

[3]Piccolina [4] rolls out the excess dough.

[5]Some of the girls cut these out.

[6]This recipe made plenty for us. Here are the leftovers, though they didn't last long!

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 quart oil for frying
optional - powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar mixture

For draining doughnuts, prepare a place with either newspapers or a brown paper bag. Top those with paper towels. Either flour clean kitchen counter or bread board for kneading doughnuts. Prepare a shallow bowl or plate with an inch of flour.

Heat oil in deep fryer to 375 degrees F.

Sift flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix in butter until crumbly. Stir in milk and egg. With floured hands, lightly knead the smooth dough. Turn onto area prepared with flour. Pat dough into 1/4 inch thickness. Dip either doughnut cutter or two biscuit cutters (one 1-inch and one 3 or 4-inch) in flour. Use to cut-out doughnuts. Carefully drop doughnuts into hot oil, only a few at a time. Fry, turning once, for about 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on prepared paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or cinnamon-sugar mixture.