Welcome back friends! This week we’ll be frying the Doughnuts (or Donuts) Jim Dear and Darling give Lady in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp!
These doughnuts are featured during a breakfast scene after Lady retrieves Jim Dear’s paper. Darling offers Lady a doughnut and Jim Dear offers her coffee to dunk it in.
I knew I wanted to make old fashioned buttermilk doughnuts with a simple glaze. I considered making cake donuts, but deep frying seemed like so much more fun! If you’ve never deep fried anything before, be very careful! I use a very heavy dutch oven and a frying thermometer, heating the oil up a little at a time so it doesn’t get too hot too fast!
- 4 tablespoons of butter, melted
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 3 1/2 cups of flour, sifted
- 3/4 cup of buttermilk
- 6 cups of canola or vegetable oil
- In a large bowl, mix the melted butter and sugar until they form a light, sandy texture.
- Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the egg yolk, and then the vanilla extract.
- Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt.
- Begin adding in one cup of flour, followed by 1⁄4 cup of buttermilk. Continue alternating the flour and buttermilk, ending with the flour.
- The dough will be very sticky. Flour your hands and sprinkle a little on the dough, cover it with plastic wrap and chill it in the fridge for at least an 1 hour.
- In a large heavy bottomed sauce pot (I use my dutch oven), slowly heat the oil to about 325F as read on a candy or deep fry thermometer.
- While the oil heats, flour a large flat work surface and roll the dough out, flouring it liberally if needed to prevent sticking. Roll out to about 1⁄2″ thickness.
- Using a doughnut cutter, cut out doughnut shapes. Keep re-rolling and cutting the dough as needed.
- When oil is hot, gently slide the doughnuts into the pan using a slotted wire spoon to prevent splashing.
- Fry the doughnuts for about 90 seconds per side, or until a deep golden brown then remove them from the oil and place a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet.
- 2 teaspoons of corn syrup
- 3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1⁄3 cup of hot water
- Combine all of the glaze ingredients in a saucepan and stir until smooth.
- Place the warm doughnuts into the glaze mixture one at a time.
- Use a fork or spoon to turn them over and coat them completely in the glaze.
- Place the glazed doughnuts back onto the wire rack to set for about 20 minutes.
- Enjoy on them on their own, or dunked in coffee!