Fancy donuts for breakfast will always remind me to be with my grandmother and grandfather in Champaign, Illinois! We would get up before the sun under the handmade quilts, jump from the big four-poster bed swaying from the posts like little monkeys and run down the hall to the kitchen!
Grandmother and grandfather would already be standing. Grandpa would sit at the old round kitchen table with his morning paper and grandma would put the shiny Revel steel and copper tea kettle on the stove, heating the water for his Sanka instant coffee. I know, I know, but she loved Sanka!
As soon as we kids get together around the table and struggle to figure out who could sit near grandma and grandpa, he would go out and go out to head over to Dunkin 'Donuts for a box of donuts hot freshly prepared! As soon as he got up from the table, we knew we were all getting donuts for breakfast that morning and there would be lots of laughter and shouting and lots of applause!
The glass plain, believe it or not, was always the first to leave! Then come the "gummies". Oooohhhh, those jellies! The fluffy and fluffy donuts filled with raspberry jam! The donuts were so fresh that even the garnish was still hot!
I only had a second if I sat up straight and put my knees down, lol! I don't know why, but when I was a child, I was always sitting with my feet on the seat and my knees at the table! My grandmother always said, "Do you feed your knees?" And we would all laugh! I don't know when I finally got out of this! It must have been because of winning these Saturday morning donuts! 😉
It's been a long, long time since any chain has made a good donut like before! They've gotten much smaller, don't taste good, more like "bread", and barely have enough filling inside to feed a sparrow! But you can still enjoy these same donuts at home when you make them homemade from scratch. And you won't believe how easy they are to do too! Chains would never have made them if they had been complicated and difficult!
So head to the kitchen and surprise your with your family this morning with this wonderful treat! I hope they bring back good memories and create new ones for all of you too. Enjoy it, have a wonderful Saturday and don't forget to share! These do a lot of things to do! 🙂
RASPBERRY FILLED DONUTS
Makes 20 donuts
1 package (1/4 oz.) Quick-rise dry yeast
1/8 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
3/4 cup warm milk
1/2 (a little) cup of sugar, use just a little less
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 extra large egg
3 Tbl. Crisco with butter
2 1/2 cups flour
oil for frying
raspberry, strawberry or your favorite jam or jelly, homemade or store bought
powdered sugar (or you can use regular sugar preferably)
Sprinkle the yeast over lukewarm water and let sit for five minutes or until it becomes frothy. (* If you don't get instant results, make sure your yeast is not expired and your water is not too hot. You can also give it a boost by adding a teaspoon of sugar in the lean 1/2 cup measured.)
In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening and a cup of flour. Mix for a few minutes at low speed. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about five minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover. Leave to rise in a warm place until the volume is doubled, about an hour or a little longer. (I like to put my yeast dough in the oven to rise, covered, with the light on. It's a nice place, warm and draft-free.)
Flip the dough over a floured surface and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into circles. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with a small plastic wrap loosely. Let rise until doubled in volume.
Heat 4 cups of oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan at 350 degrees. Gently slide the donuts into the hot oil using a large spatula. Flip the donuts when they come to the surface. The donuts are ready when both sides are golden brown.
Fill with 1-2 Tbl. or more jam or jelly using a pastry bag, or by cutting a small slit on the side of the donut and inserting the jelly with a baby spoon. (I like to add more in mine.) Close the hole, sprinkle with powdered sugar or roll in plain sugar.
Enjoy it while hot! Store in an airtight container. Refresh the next day with more powdered sugar or relaunch it into more regular sugar if necessary. Best the first 2 days. On the third day, not that much. So eat them and bring them to your friends and neighbors!