In the time it took me heat up oil on the stove I rolled out a pound or so of dough and cut out doughnuts. I got to use my handy dandy Pampered Chef candy thermometer for the first time as I watched the oil temperature. Very exciting. When it hit 165 I dropped in the doughnuts. They cooked in two minutes flat and I did about 5 batches. The whole thing from start to table took about 20 minutes (and that includes me making everyone wait while I ran for the camera to take a picture).
I had read online that these doughnuts are more substantial than say, Krispy Kreme. I'm not a huge cake doughnut fan so I was anxious to see what these would be like. But while I like the lightness and the melt-in-your mouth factor of Krispy Kremes they really are way too sweet.
These doughnuts were...perfect. We only buy doughnuts about 5 times a year and, with this recipe, we may never buy them ever again. They were soft and light and airy and perfectly sweet. We ate them all. But we didn't feel disgusting afterwards. According to the book, if you fry at high temperature the water inside turns to steam immediately and "pushes out through pores in the developing doughut crust preventing inward movement of oil." So there you have it. Healthy doughnuts. :-P Our doughnuts only absorbed 15-45 calories' worth of oil each. Yeah baby! The recipe is called Indian Spiced Whole Grain Doughnuts. The sugar you dredge them in at the end has ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves in it. Oooh. I just had a full body shiver remembering them.
I told Dave that, if these were good, I'd order the Pampered Chef biscuit cutters so I could cut the correct size holes. These were too big. Looks like I have an order to place!
The girls were very excited to try their doughnuts. It's a big deal when we have straight-up sweets for breakfast. Solana loved the doughnut holes. I thought they were just adorable the way they poofed into little balls.
Mmmmm. Doooooughnuts. Think Homer Simpson. That's who Solana reminded me of. :-)
Finally a smile! Look at that sugar face!