Monday, April 27, 2009
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
1/2 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 like...my 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.