Fall brings so many wonderful things to enjoy…
…the beginning of changing leaves…
Well, yes! As a once-a-year treat, I think a doughnut (or maybe two) is a good way to celebrate fall with a glass of apple cider. Everything in moderation, right?!
Last weekend, grandma shared with me a doughnut recipe that has now been handed down through several generations of women.
The recipe requires a bit of womanly instinct, but it’s not too hard in general. You need:
- 1 or 2 eggs
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbs. melted grease (what you’ve got heated in the deep fryer)
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 Tsp. baking soda
- Dash of nutmeg and salt
- Flour (enough for the dough to be formed into shapes and not totally sticky. Grandma suggests around 5 cups; we ended up using close to 7 with this batch, so it’s something that needs to be felt out…)
- Enough oil to fill the fryer about 3 or 4 inches
Now, for the directions:
- Whisk all of the ingredients but the flour together, one at a time. After they’ve been mixed well, gradually begin stirring in the flour. We did it cup by cup until the dough reached the desired consistency.
- Meanwhile, heat your grease/oil to 375*.
- On a well floured surface, roll the dough about 3/4-inch thick and cut out doughnut shapes. (The doughnut holes are my favorite part!)
- Carefully place the pieces 3 or 4 at a time into the oil. As they’re cooking, they’ll begin to float. Start to check on them at this point. Once they turn a little brown on the bottom, flip them over (they are in their brown phase in the picture above) and let them brown on the other side.
- Once they’re done, place them on a paper towel to catch excess oil, and then dip them into powdered sugar. You’ve got doughnuts! And plenty to share!
Thanks for sharing this time-tested recipe, Grandma! There’s nothing better than a fall afternoon in the kitchen sharing knowledge and love.