Sunday, August 17, 2008

FIELD NOTES: Frying Attempt No.1


2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg or mace
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
Mix all dry ingredients together. Then add cooking oil, milk and egg. Mix thoroughly. Drop by small teaspoonful (too large does not cook thoroughly) into deep hot oil (375 degrees F). Fry about 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper. Roll warm puffs in cinnamon-sugar or confectioners' sugar.
Makes about three dozen.
The batter may be kept in refrigerator several days.


1 cup granulated sugar
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour (about)
2 eggs
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons melted butter
Fat (for deep-fat frying)
Sift together sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and flour.
Beat eggs thoroughly, then stir into dry ingredients. Add the milk and melted butter. Roll about 1/2 inch thick on a floured board and cut with a doughnut cutter. Fry several at a time in 375 degrees F fat until nicely browned. Drain on paper towels. Dust with granulated or confectioners' sugar.
Makes 24.


1. Exciting Beginnings + Oil Filled Stomachs = Vast Experience with a few steps closer to something recognizable in the name of your friend and mine.

Personal Add-On = strawberries/vanilla powder/oat flour

  • straying from a recipe = varying results in a multitude of dimensions-color-flavor-weight..
  • If it doesnt look "good": fluffy, well drained of oil, recognizable, doughy, "tasty" OR
  • If it looks like chicken and its a donut.....

MAYBE you shouldn't eat it.

And finally, I think a human stomach can only process so much deep-frying oil?
This i have recently discovered. Round one was rather humbling,

Fried shapes oozing oil looking like fritters that might be the exoskeletons of fried chicken/crab/ or a severed hand. with a foaming strawberry egg white glaze, the results inspired a gluttonous episode of laughter that made the difficulty of digestion worth it.

Although the second batch did come out to a more edible degree.....puffer fish of the donut world, little bundles of rainbow sprinkles and sugar crust. Interesting lumps of caked crispness.