After Jim's suggestion that we make homemade French fries, he suggested, since we already had the oil in the pan, that we make donuts.
Now, neither of us have ever made homemade donuts before, but we thought, what the heck, let's give it a try!
I knew I'd seen a donut recipe on one of the food blogs I follow not too long ago, so off I went looking and I found it on Our Life in the Kitchen, one of my favorite foodie blogs.
Here is the link to Karen of Our Life in the Kitchen's Donut Recipe (her pics are much better than mine-- she's a photographer too!).
2 packs Rapid Rise Yeast
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup water
5 cups flour
1/3 cup shortening
1 tsp salt
2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla
4-6 tbsp hot water
In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water. Add lukewarm milk, salt, eggs, shortening and two cups of the flour. Beat on low until it's blended. Scrape down the sides and continue mixing on medium for another couple of minutes.
Add the remaining flour.
Beat until smooth and well blended. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and set in a warm spot. Let it rise for an hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Roll it out to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut out the donuts. Gently re-roll the scraps so no dough is wasted. Set the donuts back in the warm spot, cover, and let rise for about half an hour.
Meanwhile, mix up the glaze.
Heat vegetable oil to 350 degrees.
Gently drop in two or three donuts at a time and let them cook until they float, only about a minute. Flip over and cook for another minute.
Dunk them in the glaze. Set on a rack to cool.
Best eaten while WARM!!!
I would encourage you give making donuts a try. They're not as hard as they seem and they are delicious while they're still warm!
'til next time, find your joy~