If you have been reading here a while, you know that every winter my mom, sisters, and sister-in-laws get together for a doughnut making day. We always have the fun fellowship while making bowls full of yummy calories.
My parents are in the midst of moving, so we decided not to have our big annual doughnut day this year. But Ed mentioned that he never gets to eat a warm doughnut. He suggested that we make doughnuts sometime at our house. Maybe this year would be the perfect time to try it.
I borrowed my mom's electric skillet and pulled out my largest dishpan. We decided to make apple fritters, since that is our family's favorite. The dough is easy to make, just takes lot of elbow grease to mix such a large amount of dough. I was glad the dough doesn't need to be kneaded.
An hour later, the dough had risen to almost fill the bowl and we started cutting the fritters with a large biscuit cutter.
One batch of apple fritters made about five dozen large fritters. Next time, I might cut them smaller since as they raised, they really got large.
My children, especially my boys, enjoyed helping. Usually on doughnut day at Grandma's, they are busy playing with their cousins and don't get a chance to help.
I found out how little I know about making doughnuts even though I help every year. I had to google "what temperature to fry doughnuts." The first ones were too brown on the outside and still raw dough in the inside until I got the temperature adjusted. When frying, they puffed up into nearly round balls.
We glazed the apple fritters.
I was surprised how well the day went. One batch of doughnuts seemed like so little work compared to our big doughnut day. We were finished long before the children were tired of helping. The success makes me willing to attempt it again.
And Ed got his wish of sampling a warm, just-fried apple fritter.