Friday, June 6, 2008

National Doughnut Day/ Friday Feature

Did you know that the first Friday in June is Donut Day? It was originally started in 1938 to raise money by the Salvation Army. Even though Americans consume 10 billion donuts per year, Canada consumes more.

Why do they have holes? To allow them to cook more evenly. Speaking of cooking, here's a recipe for homemade donuts. (from Diana Rattray/ about.com)

INGREDIENTS:
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
3/4 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
3 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup milk
PREPARATION:
Mix together the shortening, sugar, and egg yolks. Into another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. Stir into the first mixture alternately with 1 cup milk. Stir until dry ingredients are moistened, handling dough as little as possible.
Roll dough to about 3/8-inch thickness on a floured cloth covered surface. Let rolled out dough stand for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat deep fat to 370°. Fat should be at least 1 1/2 inches deep. Fat is ready when a doughnut center browns in about 1 minute. Keep temperature as steady as possible. Cut doughnuts out with floured 2 1/2 or 3-inch doughnut cutter.
Fry doughnuts in the hot fat, turning carefully with a wooden spoon handle when the first crack appears. Continue cooking and turning until browned nicely. This will take about 1 1/2 minute total frying time. Drain doughnuts on brown paper or paper towels. Makes about 2 dozen doughnuts.

If you are trying to avoid the sugars and bad carbs, here's some calorie free donut finds from etsy for this Friday's feature.



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