Sunday, January 13, 2013

Cake Donuts

These are the cake donuts I made tonight.  Some were baked and others were fried.  If you fry them, be certain your temperature is a steady 375 degrees F and you use a deep pot!  Mine pot was too shallow and my candy thermometer kept falling in the oil, I finally put it away and just guessed.  The following batches were baked.  Once they were cooked, I topped them with powdered sugar.  What I to use lemon extract instead of vanilla, cream of coconut and coconut soda and top with a lemon glaze and toasted coconut.  You adjust to what you have and these turned out to be amUse any flavor carbonated soda for a hint of flavor and mix/match it with the extract to make your very own specialized donuts! But, I was lazy and my sinuses are killing me and my boys were being...boys.  Now, go on...make some donuts.  Love and hugs!

Cake Donuts

3 cups unbleached all purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
4 Tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup carbonated soda
1/4 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Grease standard size donut pan(s).  Whisk dry ingredients together.  Stir in wet ingredients to form a soft, sticky dough.  Turn dough out on a floured surface.  Knead in enough dough to make smooth.  Pat out to 1/2".  Cut with a cookie cutter, jar, lid whatever will fit your pan.  Cut a smaller piece out of the center.  Put donut dough in pan(s) and cook 10 to 13 minutes until done, tester comes out clean.  

I thought, after I patted some out, that I should have just put the sticky dough in the donut pan without rolling it out.  I'll try that next time.  Tomorrow, maybe.  ~smile~  You could also use mini muffin pans to cook these in although I don't know how long they would take.

Alternately, heat oil in a heavy, deep pot to 375 degrees F.  Making certain it is steadily at 375 degree F temperature. Carefully put donuts and holes and fry until bottom is brown...it's just a matter of seconds, flip over and cook until brown.  Cook only a few at the time.  Place on paper towels to drain.  Top with your favorite glaze, cinnamon or powdered sugar.  Enjoy!  

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