Sunday, January 16, 2011

Farm Stand Buttermilk Doughnuts: Baked Sunday Mornings

Last Sunday, we had a family dinner at my parents' home because one of my sisters & her newborn baby were getting ready to head back home to Idaho and we needed one last excuse to hang-out and eat food before she left.  We decided to make our Baked recipe for the week since it looked like something we could make fairly quickly after dinner was cleaned up.  My mom did most of the mixing & cooking and I took photos and worked on dresses that I'm sewing/smocking for my girls.

 We "decorated" our doughnuts with chocolate frosting, vanilla frosting, cinnamon & sugar, sprinkles, coconut flakes, & slice almonds.  The cinnamon-sugar-coated doughnuts were definitely my favorite!!  And I think this might be a favorite doughnut recipe for me.  I loved the spices that were mixed into the dough, the texture was very nice, and cake doughnuts always rate high on my list.

If you are interested in the recipe or seeing the results of other bakers, go HERE.

Finally, I was wondering how all of YOU fry food.  My mom takes her cast iron dutch ovens outside and she has a whole set-up for making her french fries, doughnuts, etc out at one end of her yard.  When we made the doughnuts, she plugged her electric skillet into an outlet on the patio and did our frying there since this was a pretty quick recipe.  She said that she has tried those non-stick frying appliances that have a lid that closes but that the non-stick material comes off after a while because of the high temperatures.  So, what's the best way to fry without making a horrible mess in the kitchen and stinking up the whole house??

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Sheri said...

I used a large Le Creuset saute pan with a conady thermometer and it worked great. I've also used a Le Creuset dutch oven to fry. I've got an electric deep fryer but I find it to be more work and it needs more oil.

As for the smell in the house... I guess I could have done it on the side burner on my grill outside!

I loved these doughnuts too.

Elaine said...

I think it is so cool that you and your Mom are doing the cookalong with Dorie and the bakealong together. It must be so much fun and wonderful to share your experiences. Your doughnuts look so good. I don't fry food other than a quick pan fry of beef, so this was my first experience deep frying and I just used a skillet like the recipe suggested. I really like your mom's set -up especially that she does it outside because the lingering smell of the oil was very off putting. My eyes also were burning probably from the oil smoke although I didn't see any smoke in the kitchen. If I do more deep frying I am going to try your mom's method. Thanks for sharing it with us.

yummychunklet said...

Unfortunately, frying for me is an infrequent activity, so I just use the ol' skillet method of hot oil. Your doughnuts look great!

Jen said...

those look yummy! i don't do a ton of frying but when i do it is just on the stove top in a pot w/ oil. i think a frydaddy would be nice.

The Tiffany's said...

I just use a regular steel pot or pan, but as long as the weather permits, I take it out to the grill. Our grill has a burner on the side. Perfect for frying. I also cook artichokes and broccoli out there so it doesn't stink up the house :0)


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