Hello, my friend hello!!
I accept your welcome back. I have been on an eating out binge, something, my retro mama ancestors did not indulge in too much, so I haven’t done a lot of interesting cooking lately. That is, until Super Bowl Sunday. Usually we go all out and make WAY too much food, so I decided to go simple. I made a beautiful veggie tray (aka crudites, for all you foodies out there!) and doughnuts. Yup. Fried, tasty doughnuts.
I got out my “Hamilton Ross Modern Cookbook” circa 1940 to see what the author K. Camille Den Dooven had to say. This cookbook is decidly simple and I have been avoiding it for fear that simple may equate to disaster. For the next few posts, I will be cooking exclusively from this cookbook to see if retro simple = modern tasty!
The doughnuts are in the breakfast section and were not hard at all. These are cake doughnuts, so they don’t need to rise and have a moist, chewy texture. They looked a little naked when I took them out of their fat bath, so I covered them in Alton Browns doughnut glaze. It made them even more delicious and pretty! Make these for your sweet toothed family for Valentines. Who wouldn’t want a homemade doughnut for breakfast?!?
- 2 c. cake flour**
- 1/2 c. milk
- 4 t. baking powder
- 1 T. butter
- 1 egg
- 1 pinch nutmeg (or a few grates)
- 4 T. sugar
- 1/2 t. salt (add a little more if using sea or Kosher)
- Cream the butter.
- Add the sugar and salt and cream thoroughly.
- Add the egg and the milk.
- Sift flour and baking powder together, then add to the butter mixture.
- When it comes together, roll out on a floured counter to about 1/4″ thickness.
- Cut out with a doughnut cutter or cookie cutter, making sure to have a center cut out. Save centers to make doughnut holes. Re-roll extra dough to make more doughnuts.
- Get fat (either vegetable oil or crisco) heated to 380 degrees in a cast iron skillet. The oil only need be 2 inches deep. Place doughnut in hot grease.
- When it browns, turn it over and brown on the other side. Drain on a cooling rack over a cookie sheet or on paper towels.
- When cool, glaze. (Here is a link to Alton’s recipe)
**I never buy cake flour…I am too cheap. So, I get a 1-cup measuring cup and put in 2 T. of cornstarch and then top it off with flour. That equals 1 cup of cake flour!
Rollin, rollin, rollin…
See these cute little naked doughnuts??