I found this recipe while wandering around the Internet. It's a bit time consuming, but sounds like it would be very much worth the effort.
CRISPY AND CREAMY DOUGHNUTS
Original recipe yield:
PREP TIME 10 Min
COOK TIME 30 Min
READY IN 2 Hrs 40 Min
2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
1/3 cup butter
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
4 tablespoons hot water or as needed
Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water, and let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
In a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix for a few minutes at low speed, or stirring with a wooden spoon. Beat in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough into a greased bowl, and cover. Set in a warm place to rise until double. Dough is ready if you touch it, and the indention remains.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter. Let doughnuts sit out to rise again until double. Cover loosely with a cloth.
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in hot water one tablespoon at a time until the icing is somewhat thin, but not watery. Set aside.
Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Slide doughnuts into the hot oil using a wide spatula. Turn doughnuts over as they rise to the surface. Fry doughnuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from hot oil, to drain on a wire rack. Dip doughnuts into the glaze while still hot, and set onto wire racks to drain off excess. Keep a cookie sheet or tray under racks for easier clean up.
From what I read about this recipe, the end product is suppose to be very similar to those famous Krispy doughnuts. If you do try it out, please come back and let everyone know what you think of the doughnut recipe. Thanks!
My mom would occasionally make doughnuts on the weekend. However, it was a much quicker and easier way. Take one can of ready to bake biscuits and separate them. Make holes using a pop bottle lid, or something of similar size. Drop the doughnuts and holes into hot oil. Let cook until golden. Dip in cinnamon sugar or powder sugar.
I remember mom making these on weekends at the lake. We loved the doughnut holes. Mmmm. Sometimes we would stretch out the dough and braid it or twist it before dropping in the oil. Those made good dunking doughnuts.
Onto a completely different subject that has really been bothering me lately. Drugs. Do you realize that while many of us are working to have a nice home and take care of our children and responsibilities, that there are people out there milking the system so they can spend their money on drugs? They don't work. They collect from the system and many times they sell or trade their food stamps, or whatever, so they can get their drugs. Yes, you pay your taxes so that many people can use the system to continue to do their precious little drug habit. I wonder how many children in the system have parents who don't, or can't take care of them because of drugs.
It is amazing to me that people know the risk of using drugs and yet they will still "try" it just so they can experience it "once". Then they do it again and think they are in control of the situation. Let's be clear, once you do a drug and it works it's little "magic" on you...you are NO LONGER in control. You have let an illegal & dangerous substance take control over your mind and body for a period of time. How crazy is that?
Not only that, but you have killed some very precious brain cells, and will continue to do so each time you use. Something that some people can't afford to do. I don't understand why anyone would do that, and frankly I don't want to understand it. It is stupid, ignorant and selfish to spend hard earned money on a substance that will control you and destroy brain cells. You have no idea the first time you try something what it is going to do to you. Whether or not you are going to become addicted to it. So why take the freaking chance?!
Go downtown and take a look at all the homeless people and the prostitutes. Is that what you want out of life? No, that doesn't happen to everyone. Some just end up being unable to hold down a job and mooch off of everyone else. Expecting the people around them to take care of them so they can go smoke or shoot up. Or perhaps they end up in jail, where once again our tax dollars feed them, house them and provide them with medical care. Some people are lucky and don't like it and never use again. Or some just die the very first time, not knowing what chemicals they are putting into their body.
Come on people, these drugs are not created in a sterile environment. They are made by other junkies, in a dirty garage or shed, with dangerous chemicals. Why in the heck would you smoke something, that if you drank it would poison you?! I just don't understand how people can be so stupid. And it isn't even just that people are so dumb that they will do this...but they actually pay people for the 50/50 chance of either getting high or dying. OMG! Freaking Idiots!
If your concerned that someone you know and/or love may be using, here is a list of signs & symptoms that may be useful from HelpGuide.orgWhat are the signs and symptoms of drug addiction and abuse?
The more drug use begins to affect and control a person's life, the more likely it is that he or she has a drug problem. Unfortunately, substance abusers are often the last ones to recognize their own symptoms of dependence and addiction. If you suspect that a friend or loved one is abusing drugs, it's important to remember that drug abusers often try to conceal their symptoms and downplay their problem. But there are a number of warning signs you can look for:
- Inability to relax or have fun without doing drugs.
- Sudden changes in work or school attendance and quality of work or grades.
- Frequently borrowing money, selling possessions, or stealing items from employer, home, or school.
- Angry outbursts, mood swings, irritability, manic behavior, or overall attitude change.
- Talking incoherently or making inappropriate remarks.
- Deterioration of physical appearance and grooming.
- Wearing sunglasses and/or long sleeve shirts frequently or at inappropriate times.
- No longer spending time with friends who don't use drugs and/or associating with known users.
- Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors, such as making frequent trips to the restroom, basement, or other isolated areas where drug use would be undisturbed.
- Talking about drugs all the time and pressuring others to use.
- Expressing feelings of exhaustion, depression, and hopelessness.
- Using drugs first thing in the morning.
You can read the entire article at Drug Abuse and Addiction: Signs, Symptoms & Effects. It is pretty interesting reading. If you go further down the page you will see a list of drugs that are most commonly used and the effects of them. If you have concerns about someone using I would definately recommend reading more.
Have a great day & hugs to all my friends!