Who needs a round cookie cutter?

Posted on October 2, 2011. Filed under: Breads, Deserts | Tags: |

Matt likes cake doughnuts, so I decided to make some for him. Well, he helped. If you remember my last doughnut excursion (years ago now) I didn’t have round cookie cutters to cut out the doughnuts. I do, however, have animal cookie cutters. So, I had Matt pick out a few shapes to make our doughnuts. We made penguin, crab, teddy bear, cat and dinosaur shaped dougnuts. They turned out perfectly. Matt had 6! They melt in your mouth.

Cake Doughnuts
(From http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/cake-doughnuts/detail.aspx)

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 quarts oil for deep frying

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup white sugar

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and nutmeg. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg, butter, and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Heat oil in a deep heavy skillet or deep-fryer to 370 degrees F (185 degrees C). On a floured board, roll chilled dough out to 1/2 inch thickness. Use a 3 inch round cutter to cut out doughnuts. Use a smaller cutter to cut holes from center. If you do not have a small cutter, use the mouth of a bottle.
  3. Fry doughnuts in hot oil until golden brown, turning once. Remove from oil to drain on paper plates. Combine the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar in a large resealable bag. Place a few warm donuts into the bag at a time, seal and shake to coat.
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