Sunday, January 21, 2018

MAKING WINTER WARM AND COZY with Ginger Bolton






A very warm welcome to our friend, Ginger Bolton. Survival of the Fritters is the first in Ginger's new Deputy Donut Mysteries. And I am proud to say that the darling kitten on the cover is loosely based on my Twinkie!

Don't miss Ginger's giveaway at the bottom of the post.







 When I was a kid, about the only time we had donuts was when my father brought them home from a local bakery. What a treat! To me they were an exotic food that I couldn’t imagine making at home.

Then, when I was a teenager, I was reading a cookbook and found a recipe.

Knowing my folks wouldn’t want me to use a lot of oil, I fried my cake donuts in about a half inch of oil The donuts ended up nicely nutmeggy, but almost harder than our teeth.

I had proven that donuts were definitely an exotic food that I again couldn’t imagine making at home.

Well, almost . . . Some of our failures stay in our brains as challenges.

So . . . here’s a way to warm a wintry day: Make donuts shaped like snowflakes, and then eat them.


SNOWFLAKE DONUTS

Ingredients List:

1 7/8 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2  - 1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
½ cup milk
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter
Vegetable oil with a smoke point of 400º or higher, or follow your deep fryer manufacturer’s instructions
Confectioners’ sugar

Recipe steps:

In one mixing bowl, stir the dry ingredients with a fork or whisk until blended.

In a large mixing bowl, blend the egg, milk, sugar, and butter.

Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Stir until blended, adding flour if necessary to make the dough firm enough to handle.

Chill the dough for ½ - 1 hour.

With a floured rolling pin, roll dough on a floured board to 1/3 inch think.

Using floured snowflake cookie cutters, cut out the doughnuts. If the cutter has a large solid central section, use a smaller cookie cutter to cut a hole in the center. This will allow the donut to cook evenly.

Place the donuts on silicone baking sheets or floured waxed paper.

Knead the scraps together and roll out and cut more donuts. Continue until all the dough is cut out. Cut the last few with a small round cookie cutter to make donut holes.

Allow the donuts to rest 5 or 10 minutes.

Heat the oil to 360º.

Fry the donuts a few at a time so they’re not crowded. When the first side is golden, turn them over. When the second side is golden, remove them and drain them on paper towels.

While the donuts are still warm, dip their tops in confectioners’ sugar or shake the donuts, 1 at a time, in a paper bag of confectioners’ sugar to coat completely.

Dry ingredients.
Dough firm enough to handle.
Cut with floured cookie cutter.
Fry.

Serve!


Ginger Bolton writes the Deputy Donut mystery series—coffee, donuts, cops, danger, and one curious cat. When Ginger isn't writing or reading, she's crocheting, knitting, sewing, walking her two rescue dogs and generally causing trouble. She’s also fond of donuts, coffee, and cafes were folks gather to enjoy those tasty treats and one another’s company. As Janet Bolin, she wrote the Threadville mystery series.

 Visit Janet at:
http://gingerbolton.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorGingerBolton/
https://twitter.com/ginger_bolton

Survival of the Fritters, the first mystery in the Deputy Donut series, comes out January 30. Comment below for a chance to win a copy.

70 comments:

  1. These sound so good! I wish I could make them right now. I hope to win! I want to read this book! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  2. Fabulous recipe and I'd love to read the book! EMS591@aol.com

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  3. They look good. I’m looking foward to reading the book.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  4. I haven’t deep fried anything in years if I start these might be where I would go. suefoster109 at gmail dot com.

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  5. This book is on my TBR list. I can’t wait to read it! cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  6. Those are so cute and look tasty. It's been a long time since I ate any donuts and that probably won't change any time soon. However, I can read books about donuts - ha! The book looks 'tasty' too!

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  7. Sounds like an easy way to make a wonderful treat. Thanks for the recipe & giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. We used to have a deep-fat fryer when I was a kid, and I remember my mother trying to make donuts--once. We never saw the fryer again. Love the idea of using a cookie cutter--and I have that snowflake one. I'll have to try this recipe!

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  9. Wow these are some great looking donuts I bet I could squash blueberries and make a sauce..thanks for the giveaway the book looks lovely.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  10. Love the title of your new book and the donuts look delish!

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  11. My Mom used to make apple fritters, boy were they good! Looks like I have another series to add to my growing TBR. Cops and donuts. LOL Thank you for this opportunity. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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  12. I loved the Threadville Series & can't wait to read this one. So glad the author has a new series going. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. These look amazing! I think I'm going to surprise my two boys with some Sunday evening donuts during the championship football games tonite!

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  14. I'm eager to read your new book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. Thank you for sharing the recipe for SNOWFLAKE DONUTS. I've always had fond memories of doughnuts as far back as I can remember. My Mom made the most delicious yeast doughnuts! Bless her heart I can remember when my brother and I volunteered her to make umpteen dozen to be sold for 50 cents a dozen for our scout troops fundraiser. She never complained and we were rewarded with lots of doughnut holes to eat. :) I have make Mom's doughnuts from time to time and they always bring me back memories of my Mom and her doughnut making times. I will definitely be trying your Snowflake Doughnuts.

    I would very much love to read "Survival of the Fritters". Greatly appreciate the chance to win a copy. Thank you!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  16. A wonderful feature and giveaway. The recipe is enticing and perfect for winter. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. Your donut recipe looks so accessible. I admit it has always been the frying that has kept me from making attempts. Am something of a chicken in this type of thing. Spattering daunts me. Kudos to you for overcoming your perception of difficulty to make donuts!
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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  19. Sheila Siarkuewucz day sounds like a cozy mystery I'm going to like. Thank you for doing the giveaway! generallylost(at) hotmail(dot)com

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  20. Ok, I must admit, I love donuts! I will definitely make these. Thank you for the recipe and the opportunity to enter. A new series to put on my list!!! meg85242 at gmail dot com

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  21. Welcome back, Ginger aka Janet! I'm delighted to hear about your new series and enjoy your donuts vicariously!

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  22. I am definitely going to use this recipe, they look delicious. Looks like a wonderful new series! tami.norman@gmail.com

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  23. I will definately try the recipe it sounds delicious. I would love to win Survival of the Fritters. Thank you for the chance. Lamonicaks(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Can’t wait to start this series! Mwutsey@aol.com

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  25. That’s a pretty cool recipe. I also use pullsbury biscuits and cookie cutters and fry them and dip them in sugar in a pinch.

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  26. Those donuts are so pretty for winter! Thanks for sharing your donut recipe and for the giveaway!

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