Do you ever have those days where you are determined to be cranky and impossible to please? Really? No? Me neither.
But really, we all have these days, right? I feel that we know each other well enough now that I can admit it, that was me last Sunday. I was bound and determined to be cranky and sullen for a part of the afternoon. Why? I have no clue, but I am going to blame it on the fact that the entire weekend was cold and cloudy and borderline depressing because winter is coming. No really, I have no excuses, but what came out of that day was pure deliciousness!
If there is anything that can perk up a day, it's some quality time in the kitchen with sugar and sprinkles. Am I right?
These donuts definitely did the trick! They are a delicious donut that is reminiscent of the old-fashioned cake donuts. They do not involve yeast so they are actually pretty easy to whip up, and can put a smile on even the crankiest of faces. (Exhibit A: me)
So if you are feeling like you are stuck in a sulk, or know someone who is, whip up a batch of these! Then hand them a bag of sugar and tell them to get over it and get shakin'!
This recipe is from Joy the Baker, and I'm already dreaming of when I can make them next (I may have eaten most of them myself that night, oops). We placed half of the donuts (and donut holes) in a bag with sugar and shook them like crazy until they were coated. The other half we dunked in a chocolate glaze and added some happy and bright sprinkles.
This recipe makes about 8 donuts and donut holes. I used a donut cookie cutter that my mom gave to me, but you can use two different sized round cookie cutters to get the job done.
Classic Cake Donuts
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup sugar (plus extra for dusting the donuts)
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp melted butter
- vegetable oil (for frying)
- In a small bowl whisk together the sour cream, egg, and melted butter
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, and sugar
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well
- Form the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap
- Place the dough in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes
- When ready to finish the donuts, place a candy/oil thermometer in a pot with about 2 inches of vegetable oil
- While the oil heats to 360 F, roll out the dough until it is about 1 cm thick and then cut out your donuts
- When the oil reaches 360 F, carefully drop a couple donuts and donut holes into the oil
- Fry for about 1 minute per side or until they are golden brown
- Carefully remove the donuts and place on a plate lined with paper towel
- Repeat until all donuts are cooked to perfection
- Place still-warm donuts in a bag of sugar or icing sugar and shake to coat, or dip them in a delicious glaze
- 3/4 cup icing sugar
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl
- Dunk the top of the donuts and the donut holes in the glaze, and let set slightly