• Donuts // 23.08.2015

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    When I was a kid, sleepovers at my grandparents always involved waking up early to make donuts, following a recipe from a old FWUA cookbook covered in years of marginalia and splatters. As the years went on we made donuts less and less, until my sister Sarah decided a couple years ago that we ought to get back into it. Since then, most family gatherings have ended with mountains of fried dough and arguments as to whether cinnamon sugar should have nutmeg in it or not (I'm decidedly pro-nutmeg, for the record). This summer we had a mini-family reunion, and since it was a rainy day outside my sisters, a cousin, and I thought we might as well make 14 dozen donuts. This is that.

    Want the recipe? Pause the video at 0:24. Use that recipe for the dough. Then all you have to do is cut the dough into shapes (you can use a fancy donut cutter, two different sized glasses, or go nuts and use some other shape), cover them with a tea towel and let them prove again in a warm place, and fry them in oil. We usually use canola oil (it's cheap and has a high smoke point) in one of those square electric frying pan things, but you can use any sort of pot so long as it's deep enough to have a few inches of oil in it. Test the oil by dropping in a little bit of dough, and if it bubbles and turns brown reasonably quickly you know it's hot enough (there's probably some sort of temperature it should be, but we just go by sight). Cook until both sides are golden brown, then add whatever toppings you'd like! We usually roll them in cinnamon sugar (make sure to do it pretty soon after you take them out of the fryer so that it sticks- an assembly line works great here) or glaze them with brown sugar icing, but you can do whatever you'd like! The doughnuts themselves aren't very sweet, so you can go bananas with what you put on top.

    I didn't take a picture or any sort of footage of the donuts when they were done? It's clearly amateur hour over here. Luckily, my sister Emily has an outrageously good instagram and let me use a pic she took. Follow her here for instagram aesthetic goals: www.instagram.com/emilyhoven

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