One thing I love more than donuts, are home-made donuts! These donut holes
are made with fresh strawberries which makes them extra sweet and delicious!
I hate surprises. I mean I love them, or rather, I love the idea of surprises, but I really don’t have the patience to wait for the actual surprise. This creates quite a bit of tension between me and my husband. Each gift giving occasion is a source of stress for the poor chap. A few weeks prior to the “big day” (i.e Christmas, anniversary, birthday), my husband will ask me what I want. My response is “I want to be surprised”. His counter response? A HUGE sigh. It’s a no win for him. I want to be surprised, but I also want the perfect gift. I am a high-maintanence giftee. In addition to being difficult, I seem to have a knack for foiling my own surprise. I honestly don’t know how that happens???
My penchant for spoiling surprises started at a young age. I was the kid who couldn’t keep a secret to save her life! Seriously, don’t trust me with anything sacred! I was also the kind of kid who: 1.took bites of each chocolate in a box, then expertly turned them away so my child sized nibble was hidden completely, 2. poked holes in donuts to see what filling would ooze out (custard donuts were placed back, Bavarian creme were devoured) and 3. I was the kid who used my razor-sharp finger nails to discretely peel away at my wrapped Christmas presents in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the gift within. I was terrible. I blame my mom for that last one. She was the one who left the gifts sitting under the tree for weeks! What kid has that kind of self-control?
So maybe that’s the real issue. I have no self-control. I mean I already know I have zero patience (my apologies to my kids), perhaps my self-control abandoned me as well? I vividly remember those donut-poking, chocolate nibbling days! To my credit, those treats were sort of rare when I was growing up. I just couldn’t contain my excitement and I didn’t want to waste time with food I didn’t like. I never knew when the next donut indulgence would come my way. My own kids have no idea how good they have it. Their childhood’s are filled with whoopie pies and cupcakes!
I made my own donuts. No surprises here, just seriously delicious balls of fried dough. I take that back, I DID surprise myself, as I have never actually made fried donuts before! I can say with certainty, this won’t be the last time either. These were moist and made subtly sweet by all the fresh, fragrant strawberries. Since we all know powdered sugar makes everything better, each little donut nugget was generously coated. A glaze would be nice too, but I just wasn’t in the mood for that. I must caution you, these are best eaten the same day they are made. but I’m sure that won’t be a problem!
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Strawberry Donut Holes
- 5 cups oil
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup diced strawberries
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Heat oil in a dutch oven until a thermometer registers 350 degrees.
- While oil heats, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, combine milk, egg and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to try ingredients followed by melted butter. Stir until ingredients are incorporated. Gently fold in strawberries.
- Once oil has heated, drop dough using a tablespoon size cookies scoop ( or a spoon). Fry donuts for 1-2 minutes per side or until donuts are golden in color. Do not over crowd your dutch oven. Using tongs or a strainer, remove donuts and allow them to drain on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
- Once donuts have cooled, roll each donut in powdered sugar.
- Makes 3 dozen
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