Samedi Gras: when you can’t fry donuts on a school night

Best. Donuts. Ever?

Make a batch of challah dough. After the first rise, roll it out & cut into desired shapes. Let rise another 45min (apparently dairy doughs slow down the instant yeast).

Meanwhile, heat a kettle of frying oil (we used a combo of corn oil & –gulp– lard, and it worked BEAUTIFULLY) to about 375F (use a candy thermometer and you’ll be glad).

While oil heats, prep your toppings. We toasted some coconut with a pinch of kosher salt in a dry frying pan over medium heat until nice and brown. We also melted 1 c chopped milk chocolate with 2T butter for a cheater’s ganache. Then we put out bowls of regular sugar, cinnamon sugar, and sprinkles.

Fry the donuts on both sides until lightly browned. This will happen quickly. Don’t crowd them in your pan. Transfer to a cooling rack.

Once all the dough is fried up, have a donut buffet!

Challenge: Think of someone you can share your donuts with today, ideally someone who otherwise would have neither a sweet treat nor sweet company.



About Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find out more about her novels and other projects at .

One Response to Samedi Gras: when you can’t fry donuts on a school night

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