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Anthony’s Doughnuts

by Leigh Sackett

My son has discovered the joy of cooking. He has always (like most children) loved mixing potions, but the wonderful local organization – “Happy Healthy Cooks” comes to his school, Grandin Court, every Tuesday to teach his second grade class about cooking and nutrition so this is where his love for cooking really began.

Who knows where it may lead; maybe he will take over for me one day as the Happy Chef! He would do well  – for my Anthony not only likes to cook, he also likes to eat! He is a small boy, so I am not sure where he puts it all, but he tries all sorts of foods and he likes most of the things he tries. Also, like most of us, he knows the good comfort of sweets!

Last week Anthony came home from school upset. His exact words to me were  – “I got a “C” on a test,” then he looked around for a moment and asked, “can we make doughnuts?”

If receiving “C”s was a regular thing I would not have agreed to doughnuts as the cure for what ailed him, but since my boy is generally a very good student I said, “Yes, what we may need today is some doughnuts … but tomorrow we need to look over this test when it comes home.”

He agreed and we went on and had a blast making these great doughnuts which Anthony made in a variety of imaginative “eight year old” shapes. So I suggest to anyone looking for a fun and deliciously rewarding project to do with their children  – make some doughnuts!

3 -1/2  cups  all-purpose flour

1  Tbsp.  baking powder

1  tsp.  ground cinnamon

3/4  tsp.  salt

1/2  tsp.  ground nutmeg

1/3  cup  milk

1/2  cup  butter, melted

4    eggs, beaten

2/3  cup  sugar

Vegetable oil for deep-fat frying

Cinnamon-Sugar or sifted powdered sugar

– In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; set aside. In another bowl combine milk and melted butter. In a large mixing bowl combine eggs, and sugar; beat with electric mixer until thick. Add milk mixture and flour mixture and stir until smooth. Cover dough; chill at least 2 hours

– Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut dough with  round cutter.

– Fry 2 or 3 doughnuts at a time in hot oil for 2 to 2-1/2 minutes or until brown, turning halfway through cooking Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining doughnuts

– Shake warm doughnuts in a bag with Cinnamon-Sugar or powdered sugar.

Cinnamon-Sugar: Stir together 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 tsp. ground cinnamon.

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