Talk about the absolute best taste your mouth will ever know! I can't keep my mouth from watering as I think about these treats. What am I talking about? If you've read the title you must know that I'm talking about homemade buttermilk doughnuts.
Would you like to know how to make some of these guilty pleasures? Read on my friend. I'll actually show you a couple of ways of making these doughnuts. What are you waiting for? Read on.
* And imagine making a living by becoming a professional baker.
This recipe comes from Epicurious.com (I've simply condensed the recipe for you here).
- 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening, (make sure it's at room temperature)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Vegetable oil (for frying)
- Powdered sugar
How to Prepare
Put 1 1/2 cups of flour and 1 1/4 cups of sugar into a large bowl. Add the buttermilk and the next 7 ingredients on the list. You can use any electric mixer next. Beat mixture until smooth. Mix in last cup of flour. Cover it and refrigerate for at least one hour and no more than six hours.
Turn dough out onto a floured work surface; roll the whole thing to a 1/2-inch thickness. Using a three-inch round cookie cutter, cut dough into rounds. Using a one-inch round cookie cutter, cut hole from center of each round, making the basic doughnut shape. Gather scraps and reroll dough, cutting additional doughnuts until all of the dough is used up.
Pour oil into heavy large pot to a depth of 5 inches. Heat the oil to 350°F. Add only three doughnuts at a time to the oil and fry until golden, turning once. Should take about 6 minutes total. Using a slotted spoon (to drip out the grease), transfer each to a paper-towel-lined rack to drain. Repeat with the rest of the doughnuts. The let them cool. Finally, you may sift the powdered sugar thickly over doughnuts and chow down!
Now that's how you cook it up. And it doesn't even take that long. Next, I have a special recipe that you're sure to impress around the holiday seasons. But take it from me, it's even better to cook these up when nobody else is around. ;)
This recipe comes from EatingOutLoud (I've simply condensed the recipe for you here).
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups of white sugar
- 1/3 cup of butter
- 2 tsp of baking powder
- 1 tsp of nutmeg
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups of buttermilk
- 4-5 cups of flour
Beat the 2 eggs with the white sugar. Then add the 1/3 cup of butter to the mix. Then the 2 tsp of baking powder, and the 1 tsp of nutmeg. In a smaller bowl mix the 2 tsp of baking soda and 2 cups of buttermilk. Then add the smaller bowl to the mix and add to it all the 4-5 cups of flour.
Once done, roll the dough up as small as you'd like the doughnuts to be. Anywhere between 2-4 inches is fine, up to you. Then slice the long roll up into a bunch of wheels. Once all of them are cut you can start poking holes in the wheels to make the basic doughnut shape. You can use the back of a wooden spoon the poke through the wheels.
Put the oil in the pot. You want the oil temperature to be always at or closely around 375F. Place a few doughnuts in at a time, pull them out after they turn golden brown, and let them dry off on some paper towel. After they are cooled you can add powdered sugar, frosting, or even sprinkles to the beautiful array of goodiness!
Have fun! Good luck! And don't burn yourself!