"Therapy Through Fried Dough"

Invariably there are times where things don’t go as planned or where you truly thought
things would work out a certain way but they don’t. Sometimes those things are out of your
control and there’s really no way you could make them happen differently. I had one of those
weeks just recently…
I know, I know-I definitely let myself become a little over excited about the prospect of a
project; and after hours and hours of prep, even more hours of cooking, photographing, clean
up and editing (not to mention the cost in time and money) I was left with a lot of unused
material. I blame myself mostly, I definitely should not have gone as overboard as I did and
with everything else being what it was, I definitely should not have been telling people what
I was up to. The embarrassment of it not being what I had thought it was, and told people it
would be, I think hurt more then the money and time lost…

So I don’t want you all to think I’m just rambling on in a woe is me attitude, I do have a point
that I’ll be coming to here in the end. It will be worth the wait. Trust me…
Now I know there are more then a few people out there who when life’s hit them below the
belt, and you’re feeling kind of down, have turned to something for therapy…
Whether it’s drinks that you drown your sorrows in or “Shopping” therapy to heal that hurt
(cause who doesn’t like buying something new, right all you ladies); we each have that one thing we all turn to,                                                                  in the end…
For me, when life’s handed me lemons I’ll end up making lemon meringue pie; or better yet, I’ll
make myself some “Fried Dough” with some delicious Fall flavors. I mean any cooking in the
kitchen helps me to feel better, even if it’s to get over a cooking disappointment like this

So with no time to spare, I hunkered down and got to work on a cathartic cooking concoction to comfort my conscious. Now without any further blubbering, or blabbering, I give you two wonderfully fall’licious donuts to try-AppleCider Glazed” and Cinnamon Sugar Coated
I think if you make them for yourself you’ll find that not only will they boost your spirits but that they are also, oh so- “Definitely Delish




Fried Donuts with Apple Cider Glaze” and “Cinnamon Sugar

For the Donuts:
2 tablespoons White Vinegar
3/8 cup Milk (3 oz.), scalded then cooled
2 tablespoons Shortening
1/2 cup Organic Cane Sugar
1 Egg, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
2 1/2 cups Flour, sifted (extra may be needed)
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
Canola oil (for frying)

For Apple Cider Glaze:
2 cups Apple Cider
4 cups Powdered Sugar
2 tablespoons Corn Syrup

For Cinnamon Sugar Coating:
2 cups Organic Cane Sugar
1-2 tablespoons ground Cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon of ground Nutmeg and Cloves
2 tablespoons melted butter

For Donuts:
1. Stir vinegar into milk and let stand for a few minutes until thick. Then in a separate bowl
cream together the sugar and shortening…
2. Add eggs and vanilla to the sugar mix and stir until blended…
3. Sift together flour, salt, and soda. Stir into the sugar mixture; alternating with a little, at a
time, of the milk mixture until both are incorporated thoroughly…
4. Lightly dust your work surface with flour and then roll your dough out to about a 1/3 of an
inch thick. Now cut into doughnut shapes with a biscuit (doughnut) cutter. Roll excess dough
into small balls and flatten to make more donuts. Cut out centers of each doughnut using a
smaller biscuit cutter (or shot glass) and save dough for doughnut holes…
5. Pour an inch or two of oil into a large saute, or deep sided frying pan, and heat until it is
approximately 375 degrees and then fry doughnuts a few at a time till they turn golden brown
(about 2-3 minutes); then flip donuts and continue cooking till both sides are nice and golden
(about 2 minutes more)…
6. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain, then continue with remaining donuts and
doughnut holes…
For Apple Cider Glaze:
1. Boil 2 cups of Apple Cider until you’ve reduced it to 1 cup of liquid, then remove from
heat, add corn syrup and stir to combine…
2. In a large bowl add 4 cups of powdered sugar; then pour heated apple cider into bowl,
stirring with a whisk until fully mixed together. Set aside to cool on counter while frying
3. Take your fried donuts and dip into the glaze, be sure to cover both sides completely-then
set on a wire rack over a cookie sheet to drain and set. Repeat with as many donuts and doughnut
holes as you want glazed…
For Cinnamon Sugar Mix:
1. Mix all ingredients in a large shallow bowl, or high sided dish, and set aside till ready to
dip your donuts…
2. Melt butter in a separate bowl and let sit til ready to use… (You can do this right before
you begin dipping)
3. Brush fried donuts with melted butter and place into the cinnamon sugar mix, being sure
to coat both sides-then set aside and repeat with remaining donuts and doughnut holes…

Now make a pot of dark coffee, some mulled cider or a hot toddy and enjoy…