Toddler’s First Taste: Doughnuts (Sfinge)

13 Sep

As mentioned previously on For Antonina, my niece Gia has an exceptional appetite.  And she generally eats very healthfully– lots of fruits and vegetables, and she especially loves cheese and milk.  Lately, as a toddler, her tastes have shifted over to the sweeter side, and while she doesn’t get a lot of opportunities to eat junk food, her parents give her the occasional sugary snack.  She’d never tasted a doughnut until a few weeks ago.  In fact, when asked to identify them, she simply said, “Cake?”  The excitement only built from there.

After Gia’s newborn baby sister Claire was put to bed (for her customary post-feeding nap), my brother and I decided to break in his never-been-used “Dough-Nu-Matic” doughnut maker… his awesome birthday gift from yours truly.  While the limitations of the machine required us to slightly alter the recipe and doughnut shape from the one in T’s book, they’re essentially based on the same ingredients.  And after using the monstrous machine, I realize that simply pan frying (as instructed below) is probably a LOT easier.

SFINGE (makes two dozen)
2C all-purpose flour
1/4t salt
3t baking powder
1/4t nutmeg
2 eggs
1/3C sugar
1/2C milk
Vegetable oil for frying

Combine flour, salt, baking powder and nutmeg.  Beat eggs with sugar; stir in milk.  Add to the flour mixture and beat until smooth.  Cover and let stand for 20 minutes.

Heat oil in heavy pan.  Using a scant tablespoon of dough, deep fry until golden.  Drain on absorbent paper and add toppings.

We put together a bunch of different toppings: a glaze made of equal parts milk and powdered sugar (with a splash of vanilla extract), melted chocolate chips, plain powdered sugar and a mix of granulated sugar and cinnamon.  We even added sprinkles!

These doughnuts are best right out of the hopper– they do NOT hold up the morning after (who does… ha!), so have a hungry crowd ready to chow down.  We ate these as an evening dessert and my brother paired them with a Rogue ale, based on a famous Portland, OR doughnut (the bacon maple at Voodoo).  Deelish.

Jammies on, Gia is disturbed that it’s bedtime and doughnut time is over.

As for Gia, her reaction to the sweet treats was nothing short of psychotic.  A normally sweet girl, she repeatedly screamed, “DOUGHNUTS!  DOOOOOOOUUUUUGHNUUUUTTSSSSS!” even when explicitly told it was time to go to sleep.  She continued to request them for the next three days straight.  Trust me, Baby G, you’ll have plenty of time to stuff your face when you’re older.  Mangia!

2 Responses to “Toddler’s First Taste: Doughnuts (Sfinge)”

  1. Rose Roberts September 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM #

    DONUTS!! Even Rowie was impressed!

  2. Gia September 14, 2012 at 7:28 PM #

    The Bomb!

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