I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Bill's Birthday Donuts

I make donuts once a year for my husband's birthday. He loves homemade donuts, and I'm reminded that his birthday is coming about a month before. Not for the gifts, but for his donuts. Yep, he loves them that much!

(cinnamon sugar)
(donuts holes-just the right size for the little ones)

(makes 2 dozen)

*2 quarts vegetables oil (for deep frying)
*3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
*1 cup white sugar
*3 teaspoons baking powder
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
*2 tablespoons shortening
*2 eggs
*3/4 cups whole milk

~Beat 1 1/3 cups flour and the remaining ingredients in a large mixer bowl on low speed, scraping bowl constantly, for 30 seconds.
~Beat on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, for 2 minutes.
~Stir in remaining flour.
~Turn dough onto a well-floured cloth covered board.
~Roll around gently to coat with flour.
~Roll out gently to 3/8 inch thickness.
~Cut with floured donut cutter.
~Heat oil (2-3 inches) in deep fryer or heavy skillet to 375 degrees.
~Carefully slide donuts into hot oil with a spatula. (three or four at a time, depending on how big your pan is).
~Turn donuts when the rise to the surface, and are a light golden brown.
~Fry until golden second side is a golden brown. (normally 1-1 1/2 minutes on each side)
~Remove from oil and drain on cooling rack or paper towels.
~Serve plain, cinnamon sugar (Bill's favorite), or glazed.

Cinnamon Sugar:
-1 cup white sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
-Place sugar in brown lunch bag and shake.
-Place warm donut into bag, close and shake.

-1/4 cup whole milk, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 2 cups powdered sugar.
-Combine mile and vanilla in a medium sauce pan and heat over low heat until warm.
-Sift powdered sugar into milk mixture.
-Whisk slowly, until well combined.
-Remove the glaze from the heat and set over a bowl of warm water.
-Set a cooling rack on a cookie sheet.
-Dip donuts into the glaze, 1 at a time.
-Place on cooling rack glaze side up.
-Set set for 5 minutes before serving.

Chocolate Glaze:
-1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup whole milk, 1 tablespoon light corn syrup, 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (chopped), 2 cups powdered sugar (sifted).
-Combine butter, milk, corn syrup and vanilla in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until butter is melted.
-Decrease the heat to low, add the chocolate, and whisk until melted.
-Turn off heat, add the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth.
-Place a cooling rack on a cookie sheet.
-Place the mixture over a bowl of warm water and dip the donuts immediately.
-Allow glaze to set for 30 minutes before serving.

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