Monday, April 27, 2009

Glass of Milk, Anyone?

Dinner, dishes, maybe a tv program (a World Vision info program tonight)...a normal nighttime routine for a lot of people. Next come pj's, teeth brushing, maybe a book (Harry Potter right now). But, not usually mixing, frying, chocolate-dipping donuts. Especially when accompanied by letting little kids eat one minutes before bedtime. I didn't even realize the time until mid-donut. Oops...

But they were good. And I even had all of the ingredients...except an egg which was generously provided by my sweet neighbor.

The donut idea started earlier, before dinner, in fact. I can't really remember what precipitated it...oh, yeah...a flyer from my daughter's school inviting parents to a semi-annual donut and coffee party. But why stand awkwardly outside the school on a cold morning to eat a donut when you can lounge comfortably in your sweats for an even fresher treat? No fancy moms to impress, no small talk about what teacher your child has, no pretending that you can only eat half of a donut (as if it's really that hard to finish the other half or two).

My little boy begged to be the helper seeing as how his sister "always" gets to help. I think his real motivation was in licking the bowl...

I set out most of the ingredient so that he could easily add them in as instructed. And I only lost my cool once. Not bad (for me, anyways...).


2 c sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

1/2 c sugar
2 TB shortening
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c buttermilk (or 3/8 c milk plus 2 TB vinegar...let it sit for a bit to thicken)

Combine the flour, soda, and salt in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, cream the sugar and shortening. Add the egg and vanilla, mix thoroughly. Alternating, add the buttermilk and flour mixture until all mixed together.

Roll out on a flour surface to 1/3 inch thickness. Cut with a donut cutter and let stand about 10 minutes.

Heat 1 quart of oil to 375 degrees.

Go answer the door and let your former neighbor in who was on a walk and thought she'd stop by (lucky timing for her!).

Fry the donuts until golden, flipping once. Drain on a wire rack over a paper towel. Dust with powdered sugar...or...

For the chocolate sauce, combine over low heat until melted:

1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 TB butter
1 TB corn syrup

Dip in the donuts. Garnish with sprinkles if you son loaded his donut!

Make sure the kids get two or three to ensure optimum meltdown. Probably a few trips to the bathroom post-tucking-in too.


Jenn said...

Nice job on those donuts. Give me a cup of coffee and a couple of those and I'm good to go. I'll take the one with the chocolate and spinkles. Can you say Krispy Kreme, who??

alice said...

I love donuts. These look amazing. I'm going to make these hopefully this week.

Table Talk said...

Tackling a donut making project right before bedtime...commendable! They look delicious as I sip my coffee reading your post.

Superchef said...

such gorgeous donuts and you made them right before bedtime!! great!! :)

Diana said...

Those look really good. I can only eat a donut every few months so I don't think I'd make them myself, but I love it when my mother in law makes them. Nothing like a hot fresh donut! By the way I totally hear you about the fancy moms. I'm not a mom yet but I've taught preschoolers and with some of their mothers I thought they must have a nanny or something to be able to spend that much time on looking so good! I think I'm gonna be the hair in my face, food on my shirt, bags under my eyes kinda mom :)

Sunshine Mom said...

Oh, wow! Those look delicious!!

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