Doughnuts Make Me Go Nuts

I know, I know, my titles are going off the rails lately. I like it that way. Anyway, there’s a special occasion coming up in my life (definitely not my birthday if that’s what you’re thinking; I’m definitely not halfway to 46), and Jen kindly decided to bring in doughnuts for said occasion.  I love doughnuts, love them. In high school, I had way too many of them and turned into Augustus Gloop for a few years. Anyway, keep reading for more, including some of my favorite doughnut recipes!

First off, let’s talk about why I love doughnuts so much. First of all, they’re fried rings of dough. Sounds horrible, right? Well, maybe for the waistline, but I tell myself they’re zero calorie and then I feel better. Then, when they’re hot out of the oil, they’re dipped in delicious frostings, glazes, and filled (my favorite).

There are deliciously rich Polish variants called paczki that hold a special place in my heart (I’m half Polish, so you know, I need to try all the ethnic foods).  As opposed to the more traditional doughnut, paczki are usually filled with fruit preserves or rose hip jam. When I have paczki, I tell myself I’m being healthier than having a regular doughnut. Does that mean paczki are technically a negative calorie food? I believe it does.

Here are some of my favorite doughnut (and paczki) recipes from Recipe4Living!

Dunkin’ Donuts Donut Holes:  Who doesn’t love these? I do, and the fact that I can make them at home makes me love them even more!

Fluffy Instant Donuts: Fluffy is good. Instant is better. Donuts are the best. This combines good, better, and  best? Oh my…

Buttermilk Drop Donuts: Buttermilk is delicious in anything, especially sweet foods. Here’s a fun tip: if you don’t have any buttermilk on hand, just put a splash of vinegar into a cup of milk and wait a few minutes. Almost-instant buttermilk!

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  • Adam J. Williams

    I’m not sure how you can say “they’re fried rings of dough. Sounds horrible, right?” Think about what life would be life without fried dough. No doughnuts. No churros, fry bread, elephant ears, zeppole, beignet or funnel cakes. Where would fairs and festivals be without them? When I hear fried rings of dough, the first thing that comes to my mind is sweet, savory delicious calories.

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