I'm a Krispy Kreme fan, myself, but I do love a good cake doughnut. Whenever we move to a new place one of our first tasks is to scout out the doughnut situation, hoping to find a mom and pop joint that's been around for years. So far we haven't found one here, but there is not a lack of Krispy Kreme, and there are even a few Dunkin Donuts around.
My husband grew up overseas where you couldn't just stop by a doughnut shop, so his mom made doughnuts for them. He's begged me since we've been married to make them, and last year I finally gave it a try. I was surprised at how relatively easy it is! The only trouble, I see, is using so much oil to cook them in, which makes the house smell for a day or so. BUT, I recently discovered (and I'm probably behind the times on this) that they make doughnut molds so that you can bake doughnuts! This is going on my Christmas list, although I'm a bit skeptical that they will taste as good.
If you're looking for something fun to make for breakfast this weekend, this might be a great try. This recipe is a classic from Better Homes and Gardens, so you can count on it being tried and true.
Homemade Cake Doughnuts
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
4 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup sugar
vegetable oil for frying
In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Set aside. In a large bowl combine eggs and sugar, beating until thick. Combine milk and melted butter; pour into sugar mixture. Using a wooden spoon, add the flour mixture to ingredients in large bowl and mix until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. The dough will still be sticky.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Roll (or pat) to 1/2-inch thickness.
Cut with a floured 2 1/2-inch cutter. Use a 1 1/4-inch cutter to cut out the center. (I used a glass turned upside down for the large circle, and then cut out the center with a knife. Improvise here).
Fry about 3 doughnuts at a time in hot oil (it should be at 375F) for 2 1/2 - 5 minutes, flipping once, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
|I used a candy thermometer to keep the oil at the right temp.|
source: Better Homes and Gardens