Many people bake cookies during the holidays but have you considered donuts instead? They are easy to make though there is a bit of practice involved in frying them. And this is about “cake” or “tea” donuts, not the yeast or “raised” sort. Silly looking back, but my husband and I once made these before a hurricane was to blow into Houston (it didn’t – this was the mid 80’s). The kitchen smelled grand and we had enough donuts for about a week, and they did freeze well. The ones we put into the freezer we didn’t sugar or ice till we took them out, heated them in the oven, then sugared them.
There are many recipes for these, here’s a good one which was passed down to me by my Mother. I can remember coming home from school and smelling these being fried. We lived several miles west of Prescott, AZ then and the bus trip home, then the walk to the ranch house always made my Sis and me hungry. These aren’t roll out and cut donuts, nope just mix then drop from a good-sized soup spoon. You’re using 5 cups of flour so you know you’re gonna have a stack of donuts when you’re done. I know the recipe is over 50 years old and I would like to see it passed on to others to enjoy.
Tiny Tea Donuts
4 Tablespoons melted, cooled shortening
4 eggs beaten
2 cups milk
4 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups flour
8 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups sugar
4 teaspoons Cinnamon
2 teaspoons Nutmeg
Mix eggs, milk, vanilla. Sift dry ingredients and add to liquid ones.
Mix, do Not beat. Stir in melted shortening.
Drop from large tablespoon into hot oil. (We always used a large cast iron frying pan, adding shortening and heating it if needed).
Fry 3 to 5 minutes, you can use a slotted spoon to roll them over so they cook evenly. Then remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
Before they cool off (careful!) roll in sugar, or a mix of sugar and cinnamon. You can make a simple glaze from powdered sugar and mix and glaze them too., Mom did all three. I never cared for them dipped in Chocolate, but some folks might. Oh, or roll in crushed pecans, that could be tasty as well.
After you go through the first batch you might want to adjust the amount of Cinnamon and/or Nutmeg. I always like a bit more Nutmeg than the recipe calls for.
Now it would be even Better if you were frying these up in a snappy kitchen by Drake Homes Inc!