As you know, we are Food Network junkies around here. FishPapa’s personal favorite is the show Good Eats, by Alton Brown. It’s very science-based as our good buddy Alton tells you the why and how of cooking. Ever since he cooked up donuts and corn dogs, my husband has been saying that he really wanted a fryer. He’s not one to usually request kitchen appliances, so I figured he had really thought it through. When my dad said that a neighbor had a brand-new, commercial fryer to give away, I said yes. I figured if it wasn’t exactly what Alton recommended, we could probably find a home for it.
As it turns out, it is exactly what FishPapa wanted in a fryer. Yesterday, we took it for a test drive. Since I have in my possession 100 pounds of flour, we have no shortage of the making of golden brown goodness. We made donuts. Two kinds, even.
Of course, we tested Alton’s recipe for Yeast Doughnuts. They were excellent. They puffed up light and fluffy and crisp. FishPapa would recommend that you omit the nutmeg. He wasn’t crazy about that.
We also made a batch of an old family favorite:
Recipe: Gramma John‘s Buttermilk Donuts
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 4 cups flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Roll out dough on floured board. Cut into rounds and fry until golden brown and delicious.
Preparation time: 15 minute(s)
Cooking time: 25 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 36
They turned out great! We made 3-4 dozen donuts. If any survive today, I’ll pop them in the freezer for snacking at a later date.
Do you make donuts? What’s your experience? What’s your favorite?