Samedi Gras: when you can’t fry donuts on a school night
February 18, 2012 1 Comment
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.