You like donuts, right? (Of course you like donuts, who doesn't like donuts?) But have you ever tried making them? They're kind of a pain in the butt -- and they don't always turn out as planned. Womp, womp. A much easier (cuter) version is the donut hole.
I promise you, you won't break out into a cold sweat trying to make this positively adorable, unbelievably delicious dessert. And it will, without question, be the smash hit of any barbecue or party you bring them to.
- 1 1/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup sugar (for the topping) (optional)
- 3 tbsp cinnamon (for the topping) (optional)
- 1/2 cup confectioners sugar (for the topping) (optional)
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Add in milk, egg, and melted butter, and mix until well combined.
2. Fill a large skillet or medium pot with vegetable oil, about 2 inches deep. Using a fry thermometer, heat oil to about 375 degrees F. Make sure it stays around that temperature each time you fry the dough.
3. Place cinnamon-sugar (mixed together) and confectioners sugar toppings in two separate small bowls. Set out several stacked paper towels next to the stove for drying the doughnut holes, along with a cooling rack with parchment paper underneath.
4. When oil is ready, place about 5-6 teaspoonfuls of dough at a time in the oil and fry on each side for about 1 minute (2 minutes total). Remove from the oil and place on paper towel to soak up excess oil. Then, using a fork, roll doughnut in either the confectioners sugar or cinnamon-sugar mixture. Then place on cooling rack to cool slightly before serving warm.
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