Bethany’s Best Doughnuts Recipe

Bethany's Best Doughnuts Recipe

Today we had a day where I taught my kids how to make doughnuts with my BEST doughnuts recipe. I’ve tried a few different ones and these just come out great.  They are cake doughnuts, not the raised kind – nice and dense, chewy, and I love them just plain by themselves.

Bethany's Best Doughnuts RecipeHere’s the recipe:

Bethany’s Best Doughnuts Recipe

  • 2 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (sift out the bran if you grind it yourself)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • oil for frying

Sift the dry ingredients together.  Drizzle in the melted butter and incorporate it well.  Add the milk and beaten egg and then mix it all together until it forms a somewhat smooth and tacky but not sticky dough.  Roll it out to 1/4 inch thickness, and cut out using a knife or doughnut cutter.

Fry in hot oil at approx 375 (right below my medium setting on the stove) for a few minutes until golden brown and cooked through.  While doughnuts are still hot, shake them in a brown paper bag with cinnamon sugar, or you can glaze them or eat them plain (my favorite!)

Tip: Doughnuts are traditionally round, but I actually prefer to make mine square, triangular or rectangle-shaped.  This means I don’t have to re-roll dough, which can toughen the doughnuts.  I just use a knife to cut the sheet of rolled dough into the geometric shapes I want, and then fry each piece.

One of the things that makes these so good is because I use my sifted white whole wheat flour (and yes, I know, I STILL have yet to blog the process of grinding the flour.  I’ll try to make a point to do that this week.)  The flour makes it seem like a cross between a graham cracker and a doughnut. They are hearty, but still very much a doughnut and quite delicious.

I have wonderful memories of making doughnuts with my mom. She always gave us cinnamon sugar in a brown paper bag, and we’d shake them up in the bag, hot from the fryer. This morning we had kind of a rough time so I decided today would be a FUN day with minimal housework taking my time, and I thought this would be a good way to switch everyone’s mood around. It worked, too!

Well, that was our afternoon.  It ended up being kind of late when we were snacking on the doughnuts so I poured us each a big glass of milk and that was our lunch!  Not very healthy, but not too bad considering they were made from wheat I ground myself and fairly low in sugar.  The girls had lots of fun shaking theirs up in their bags, and then after we were done we danced around to “If you’re happy and you know it.”  I just wish my mom had been here to see it 🙂

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  1. I am there in spirit! You got an early start in the kitchen! We do have great memories from our kitchens of days gone by, don’t we? I can still smell my grannie’s pancakes cooking and taste my mom’s apple pie!

  2. You’re killing me. Those look fantastic. I’m not a huge fan of sweets (even though I bake enough of it) but this would be perfect for my husband to take to one of his many work potlucks and breakfast meetings.

  3. Well they don’t stay terribly great the day after, but they are a nice treat! And I was surprised how good they were with the 100% whole wheat flour – kind of like a graham donut.

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