Doughnut

Mmmmmm... Yummy in my tummy!
Mmmmmm… Yummy in my tummy!

We love them.  We hate them.  But, no matter how hard we try, we still find ourselves nibbling on one of these confections once in a while.  They can be the perfect snack if made right without too much sugar or a bunch of chocolate covering them (not that I would complain about the chocolate part).  We can carry them easily looped on our fingers or held possessively against our chests as we hoard them in our cubicles for that afternoon sugar rush.  What can I say?  We, as Americans, love them and will take them in so many different ways.

Wikipedia defines this fine delicacy as such:

Glazed perfection.  I can feel my blood sugar rising when I see one of these.
Glazed perfection. I can feel my blood sugar rising when I see one of these.

A doughnut is a type of fried dough confectionery or dessert food. Doughnuts are popular in many countries and prepared in various forms as a sweet snack that can be homemade or purchased in bakeries, supermarkets, food stalls, and franchised specialty outlets. They are usually deep-fried from a flour dough, and shaped into rings or flattened spheres that sometimes contain fillings. Other types of batters can also be used, and various toppings and flavorings are used for different types.

The two most common types are the toroidal ring doughnut and the filled doughnut, a flattened sphere injected with fruit preserves, cream, custard, or other sweet fillings. A small spherical piece of dough may be cooked as a doughnut hole. Doughnut varieties are also divided into cake and risen type doughnuts. Other shapes include rings, balls, and flattened spheres, as well as ear shapes, twists and other forms.

They can range from simple to fancy and fit all tastes and diets.  In my travels through the cooking aisles of bookstores, I’ve found different recipes for doughnuts from all countries.  Each one is unique but they all come down to the same basic premise: sweet treat any time of day.  But, perusing the interwebs, I found a simple recipe which is quick and easy and satisfies all the grumbling tummies in my house.

The recipe:

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 quart oil for frying
optional – powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar mixture

Preparation:

For draining doughnuts, prepare a place with either newspapers or a brown paper bag. Top those with paper towels. Either flour clean kitchen counter or bread board for kneading doughnuts. Prepare a shallow bowl or plate with an inch of flour.Heat oil in deep fryer to 375 degrees F. Sift flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix in butter until crumbly. Stir in milk and egg. With floured hands, lightly knead the smooth dough. Turn onto area prepared with flour. Pat dough into 1/4 inch thickness. Dip either doughnut cutter or two biscuit cutters (one 1-inch and one 3 or 4-inch) in flour. Use to cut-out doughnuts. Carefully drop doughnuts into hot oil, only a few at a time. Fry, turning once, for about 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on prepared paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or cinnamon-sugar mixture.
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