DO OR DONUT: HOMEMADE DOUGHNUT HOLES DONE TWO WAYS

As requested by @julieann718 💛
  1. THE ORIGINAL'S SOOOOO MUCH BETTER:
  2. The lineup:
    2 cups all-purpose flour, 3 tbsp of sugar, 1 tbsp of baking powder, 3/4 cups of milk, and 5 tbsp of COLD butter [cubed]
  3. You know those people who are always the first to arrive to parties or any other sort of social gathering? Well, in this case, the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt are those people. They're going to show up together, get drinks together, and scour the food table before anyone else shows up.
  4. But just as they're in the middle of their conversation, butter's going to show up and "cut in" with their some story about the disastrous date they went on last or how their boss is a jerk or whatever.
    Quick refresher: "cutting in" is just a super fancy way of saying you're distributing the fat (aka the butter) equally throughout the flour mixture.
  5. And like all parties/social events, there's *always* going to be that one person who shows up fifteen minutes late. For this gathering, that role is going to be filled by the milk, which you're going to add to your mixture once you've finished cutting in your butter.
  6. Help them all to mix and mingle until just combined before tossing them out of the party bowl...
  7. ... and onto a floured surface.
  8. Now you have a choice to make: you can either use a small ice cream/cookie scoop to form your doughnut holes OR you can get you can relive your Play Doh days by just pinching off pieces of dough and rolling them into balls.
    I think it's pretty clear which method I chose to take.
  9. This is usually where I take a little sidestep to wash up my dirty dishes because a) it clears up my counter/sink....
  10. ...and b) I still haven't quite figured out how to convince Mo to do it. 🤷🏻‍♀️
  11. To fry the doughnut holes, I carefully drop the dough into canola oil that's been heated to 350 degrees (Fahrenheit) and allowing them to cook for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown.
    Two small notes: 1) I like to work in small batches of 4-5 doughnut holes at a time so that my oil doesn't cool down too much and 2) you'll probably have to flip your doughnuts a couple of times during the cooking process to ensure that it cooks on all sides.
  12. Once cooked, you'll want to use a slotted spoon to remove the doughnuts holes from the oil and place them on a paper towel/bag to allow any excess oil to drain.
  13. The Topic of Toppings:
  14. Ah Sugar Sugar... and Um, Cinnamon:
    After combining 1/2 cup of sugar with 1 tsp of cinnamon in a bowl, I coat the doughnut hole by simple rolling it around in the mixture. Yay for simplicity.
  15. All Glazed Over:
    To make the glaze, combine 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar with 4-5 tbsp of milk and 1/2 a tsp of vanilla extract.
  16. The finished product:
  17. Would it be weird if I said "Yum", because YUM.
  18. ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE AND CHOCOLATE DOUGHNUT HOLES:
  19. The cast list:
    2 1/2 cups of flour, 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tsp of baking powder, 1/2 tsp of baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 cup of sugar, 2 eggs, 3/4 cup of buttermilk, 1/4 cup of butter (melted), and 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  20. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, eggs, buttermilk, butter, and vanilla extract....
  21. ...while in a separate, larger bowl, you're going to combine the flour, coca powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt because who doesn't love more dirty dishes.
  22. Remember those wet ingredients two bullets up? Yeah? Well now you're going to pour them into the dry ones.
    Feel free to sing TLC's "Waterfalls", the chorus of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams", or any other water/rain referencing song you can think of.
  23. Once again, you're going to mix until just combined...
  24. ...and then choose to either use a small ice cream/cookie scooper like I did or relive your Play Doh days in order to form your doughnut holes.
  25. Rub a dub, dirty dishes in the tubs 😐
  26. Into a pot of 350 degree (Fahrenheit) oil they go where they're going to hangout and swim around for 2-3 minutes.
  27. Once they've finished their dip in the pool, you're going to use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a couple of paper towels/bags to dry off the excess oil.
  28. As far as toppings go, you can either leave them plain or you can send them for a dip in the same glaze I shared above.
  29. **— it takes about 15 minutes for the glaze to set.
  30. I know what you're thinking— "What if I want something more fun or fancy, Kayla?"
  31. And to that I say— you're just out of luck.
  32. I'm kidding.
  33. After dipping them in the glaze, you can either roll them around in some sprinkles, walnuts, or whatever else makes your heart happy.
  34. What if I want to bake my doughnut holes instead of frying them?
  35. Rather than heating a pot of oil, you're going to heat your oven to 325 degrees instead. Once your oven beeps it's little yells of "I'M READY", you're going to pop your little doughnut holes in there for 9-10 minutes. When the timer beeps, you're going to remove them and all them to cool in the pan for five minutes before moving them to a wire rack
    This works with the regular flavored ones, too. I just didn't take a picture.
  36. "But what baking vessel do we use, Kayla?"
    I usually use cake pop pan or a mini muffin pan. Be forewarned, though— if you use the mini muffin pan, they'll come out looking more like muffins than doughnut holes.
  37. The finished product:
  38. And just because I don't know how to end this, I'll just leave this here: