Fried Doughnut Tower

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When William announced he wanted a store bought cake for his birthday instead of a homemade cake, I felt a tinge of disappointment.  However, I quickly began to brainstorm other ideas of what I could make for his special day.  Initially, I thought it would be fun to ask Elle to make him a large stack of waffles a Waffle Cake!, …..Elle is the official waffle make in our house, add a few candles and done!   That’s when it came to me a Fried Doughnut Tower, outfitted with sprinkles and candles.  Something that would delight anybody on their birthday.  My most recent cookbook purchase, Sunny-Side Up, by Waylynn Lucas features over 100 breakfast and brunch recipes, when I found the Fried Doughnut recipe I had to try it!  I’ve made fried Doughnuts before see (Homemade Donuts) which features a recipe from Joanna Gaines Fall 2018 issue of The Magnolia Journal, my family loves this doughnut recipe as well, however I thought it would be fun to try a new fried doughnut version.  

 

Sunny-Side Up by Waylynn Lucas

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  • Start with mixing the dry ingredients.
  • In a separate bowl mix warm milk and yeast.
  • Add the milk mixture with the dry flour mixture.

I loved how easy this recipe was, it does take about 2 hours to complete since the dough must be set aside for an hour to rise.  For me this was a great time to clean up, and get things set up for the frying process.

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Mix dry ingredients
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Add the warm milk and yeast to medium bowl

 

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Active Yeast

 

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Add the milk to the flour mixture

 

The next steps, you will need a stand mixer with a dough hook.

  • Add an egg to your mixture and combine.
  • Add butter to your mixture and beat until smooth.

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My batter is looking nice and smooth!  Another tip, the dough is quite sticky so I used a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of my bowl which really came in handy.

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A rubber spatula was a must for this recipe.

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Roll the dough a few times onto a floured surface and place in a buttered bowl to rise.

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My doughnuts and doughnut holes ready to be fried.

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Another great tool for this recipe is a doughnut cutter, I love this tool!  I bought this doughnut cutter from a Spoons and Spice near my home, but you can also purchase a doughnut cutter on Amazon for around $6.00.

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These fried doughnuts are looking great, and about ready to be flipped.

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Golden Brown and ready to be placed on a cooling rack.

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Another must buy for doughnut making is a Strainer Skimmer Ladle.  This tool makes it much easier to flip your doughnuts in the frying pan.

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This recipe also includes instructions for a chocolate and vanilla glaze, I used both!

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Top your doughnut with sprinkles while the chocolate or vanilla glaze is still warm so they’ll stick.

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um……Yum!

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I used these ultra thin candles which weren’t too bulky for the doughnuts.  I did push them down a bit which also helped in stabilizing the tower.

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When I pulled out the doughnut tower my daughter shouted, “that’s so cool” , and William loved his birthday morning surprise.

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Digging in!

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Wow that was a success!  We loved singing and celebrating with William with a Fried Doughnut Tower the perfect way to start his special day!  Happy 6th Birthday William, we love you sweet boy!

 

XO

Heather

 

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