2.13.2013

Valentine's Treats, Homemade Doughnuts

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, and we have begun celebrating early by making homemade doughnuts. Yum, yum, yum. I say "we" because Not of This World stayed up last night helping me fry this large recipe up.This is my Valentine's Day gift to My Beloved. Because they are for an extra special, once in a while occasion, I am not concerning myself with their nutritional value. Eating well the majority of the time allows our bodies to handle once in a while occasions without getting bogged down.

We'll begin with the doughnut recipe itself and proceed onward to the glaze and cream filling. Because My Beloved prefers a white cream filling this is not a pudding type filling recipe. Those who prefer a pudding or Bavarian filling can find recipes via an internet search. The doughnuts are a version of potato doughnuts. As with most homemade dough recipes, these are at their very, very best immediately after cooking. They are however still quite moist and tasty the next morning too. Oh before I forget, it is a large recipe. Unless you are sharing with others or making for a large gathering, you may want to consider halving the recipe. Also, notice the 12 C. of flour. Most home mixers can't handle this large amount of dough resulting in the recipe being mixed by hand. You will get a true workout for your arms by the time the dough is kneaded. Your legs too if you are short enough to require standing on tiptoe to really get into the kneading. Oh wait, maybe I just needed to do that because there is a baby bump in front of me that requires some adjustments in order to reach what I need to. Most readers probably won't need to make such adjustments.

Doughnuts
  • 4 C. milk
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1 C. shortening
  • 1 tsp. baking soad
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbl. vanilla
  • 2 pkg. yeast
  • 1 C. warm potato water
  • 1 C. mashed potatoes
Mix the above ingredients and let set 30 minutes or until foamy. Then add:

  • 4 well beaten eggs
  • 1 Tbl. salt
  • 12 C. flour
Knead. Let rise until doubled in size. Roll out to approx. 3/4 " thickness. Cut out into whatever size and/or shape you prefer. Let rise until doubled in size. Cook in hot oil flipping when one side is golden. While still hot dip in glaze.

Glaze

  • 1/2 C. butter
  • Approx. 1/4 C. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
Heat over medium heat until melted. Remove from heat and rapidly stir in:

  • 4 C. powdered sugar
  • 2 t. maple flavoring
* for chocolate glaze, add 4 oz. choc. to melting mix and decrease powdered sugar to 2 C. For traditional glaze, omit both maple flavoring and chocolate using 4 C. powdered sugar.

Cream Filling

  • 1 C. shortening
  • 1 C. butter
  • 4 C. confectioner's sugar
  • 4 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 C. marshmallow creme
Cream above ingredients together. Dissolve:
  •  1/4 tsp. salt in 2 tsp. very hot water.
Add to above mixture and beat until blended. Fill doughnuts as desired.

 
Please remember that love doesn't require a physical gift. True love is a gift in and of itself. Showing our love in a fun, new ways is always a treat, no matter how little or much these new ways cost. Have you ladies ever had your toenails painted by your beloved? Now that is romance no amount of diamonds or costly gifts can even begin to touch! What can we ladies do to speak our beloved's romance language? I'm sure there is something. Ask God, He will give us just the ideas we need, at just the right price too. Try Him and see if He won't. We will need to be willing to hear and do something that perhaps we didn't expect to hear though:)
 
Needing help getting in the groove of love this Valentine's? Try reading 1 Corinthians 13. Allow it to saturate your heart and mind. Married folks might benefit from going to Song of Solomon and soaking there awhile. 1 John 4:7, 8 tells us that God is love. Since He is love, it only makes sense that spending time with Him and His Word will aid us in filling up our love tanks. Once we are filled, we will be able to overflow our abundance onto those around us for love, true love, is about the giving rather than the getting.
 
Enjoy your doughnuts and have a Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow! 


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