Homemade Plain Cake Doughnuts
This easy recipe turns out plain cake doughnuts that taste great straight from the fryer or as a base for creative dessert toppings.
- Serves: 8 persons
- 2cups all-purpose flour (plus extra for dusting)
- ⅓to 1/2 cup sugar
- 1teaspoon salt
- 1tablespoon baking powder
- ¼teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛teaspoon nutmeg
- 2tablespoons butter (melted and cooled)
- ½cup milk
- 1large egg (beaten)
- 1quart canola oil (or safflower or another neutral oil for frying)
- Optional: cinnamon sugar (or powdered sugar or glaze)
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Heat oil in deep fryer or tall stock pot to 360 F.
Step 3Sift flour into a large bowl. Resift flour with sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg to combine.
Step 4Crumble butter into flour mixture with your fingers, then stir in milk and egg.
Step 5With floured hands, lightly work dough just to moisten. Turn onto area prepared with flour and knead two or three times so the dough comes together. Pat dough with your fingertips into 1/4-inch thickness.
Step 6Dip either a doughnut cutter or two biscuit cutters (one 1-inch and one 3- or 4-inch) in flour. Cut doughnuts, gathering dough scraps to rework.
Step 7Use a slotted spoon to lower doughnuts into hot oil, cooking them 2 to 3 at a time and allowing the oil to return to temperature between batches.
Step 8Fry on the first side for 2 minutes, flip, and fry the remaining side an additional 1 to 2 minutes or until evenly browned. Then remove with a slotted spoon.
Step 9Drain on prepared paper towels or a baking rack.
Step 10Sprinkle warm doughnuts with powdered sugar or a cinnamon-sugar mixture or drizzle with a prepared glaze, if desired.