Doughnut Holes!

It always surprises people when I tell them that I’m not a huge fan of doughnuts. Personally, I find them to be just a bit too much, and I can never eat an entire one! Homemade doughnuts, on the other hand, are hard to resist. Today, a friend of mine and I (shoutout to Dalya) decided to try out a doughnut hole recipe–and it went surprisingly well! We loved the recipe and recommend them to everyone. You can find a recipe here.

IMG_7539Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar (for the topping) (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon (for the topping) (optional)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar (for the topping) (optional)

Preparation: 

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Add in milk, egg, and melted butter, and mix until well combined.
  2. Fill a large skillet or medium pot with vegetable oil, about 2 inches deep. Using a fry thermometer, heat oil to about 375°F. Make sure it stays around that temperature each time you fry the dough.
  3. Place cinnamon-sugar (mixed together) and confectioners sugar toppings in two separate small bowls. Set out several stacked paper towels next to the stove for drying the doughnut holes, along with a cooling rack with parchment paper underneath.
  4. When oil is ready, place about 5-6 teaspoonfuls of dough at a time in the oil and fry on each side for about 1 minute (2 minutes total). Remove from the oil and place on paper towel to soak up excess oil. Then, using a fork, roll doughnut in either the confectioners sugar or cinnamon-sugar mixture. Then place on cooling rack to cool slightly before serving warm.
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    Freshly Fried Doughnut Hole

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    Cinnamon Sugar Coating

    IMG_7537We found the doughnuts easier to control when the oil wasn’t as hot; we accidentally burnt the first few. But it was overall a great success! 

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Mini Apple Tarts

Today I made some mini apple tarts and brought them into class. I love these because they are pretty much apple pies, in cupcake containers! I love the idea of them and I found them pretty tasty, so if you like apple pie, you should try this out. Here is the recipe thanks to: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/apple-pie-by-grandma-ople/

Original recipe makes 1 – 9 inch pie
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
8 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.
Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.

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Cream Puffs

Every time I go on an airplane, I hope they have cream puffs. The reason for this is, when I was much younger I had my first cream puff and it was heavenly. So yesterday, I decided to stop hoping that maybe the next plane I was on would have cream puffs. I decided to just make them. My inspiration for making them was a wonderful cook called Chef Randall. His website is great, you should check it out, it’s http://www.savorthefood.com. Chef Randall sent me a recipe for Nutella cream puffs. Unfortunately, my school doesn’t allow nuts, and Nutella has hazelnuts so I decided to try making them with a whipped cream filling. They turned out great! Here is the recipe:

Ingredients
Puffs
1 cup water
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
1 egg yolk

Directions
In a medium saucepan, combine the water, butter, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat and sift the flour directly into the pan. Stir the mixture into a paste with a wooden spoon. Return the pan to a medium heat. Stir the mixture until it pulls away from the sides of the pan and is slightly shiny, about 3 minutes.

Transfer the paste to a medium bowl, and beat with a wooden spoon until slightly cooled, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, incorporating each one thoroughly before adding the next. Before adding the last egg, beat it in a small bowl. Adding it by tablespoons to the mixture, just until the batter is smooth and tight. If the batter starts to get loose, do not add all of the last egg.

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Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Fill a large pastry bag, fitted with an open tip, with the cream puff mixture. Pipe twelve 2 1/2-inch circular mounds, about 2 inches apart, onto the prepared pan. (Alternately, use a large spoon to form the dough into the mounds.) Dab the tops of each puff with a fingertip dipped in water to smooth the tops. Beat the egg yolk with a tablespoon of water and brush the surface of the puffs with the beaten yolk.

Bake in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F; continue baking until golden brown and the puffs are light, airy, and crisp, about 30 to 35 minutes more. Cool on a rack.

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Assemble the cream puffs. Cut the puffs in half with a serrated knife, and set the tops aside. (If the puffs are very moist inside, scoop out the excess dough and re-crisp them in a 350 degree F. oven for about 5 minutes. Cool completely before continuing.) Put a heaping tablespoon of the fruit in the bottom half of the cream puffs. Pipe or spoon about 1/3 cup of the whipped cream on top. Replace the puff tops. Refrigerate for up to 3 hours or serve immediately.

I am a fan of whipped cream, so I loved them with the cream, but some of my classmates aren’t so fond of whipped cream so I tried putting ice cream in instead, they said it was good, but I much prefer whipped cream. For the filling, I used the same recipe as my meringues. I love that recipe.
Thank you Chef Randall!
Thanks to: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/cream-puffs-recipe/index.html

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