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C'est la Vie: Donuts

We have a doughnut problem in our house. The problem lies in the fact that everyone the house but me seems to be oblivious to the fact that they are (ah-hem) not good for you. And then I feel like the bad guy and want to do something special. Yada, yada, yada.

So I happen to be browsing through a Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook that I snagged on a trip back home not too long ago. The Amish/Pennsylvania Dutch are known for their delicious homestyle cooking and old time recipes. When I saw the recipe for "Fastnachts" I just had to give them a try. Somehow calling them "Fastnachts" made them seem less bad for you then a conveyor belt doughnut from the grocery store or local doughnut shop. I did say it just seemed that way. Plus the fact that it was a fun kitchen activity the kids and I could do together, I was able to fairly easily justify it.

Do I recommend it? Let's just put it this way: don't plan on having these for breakfast unless you want to get up at 6am on Saturday to get them started. And, don't be delusional enough to think that the kids are going to stick out the entire 3 hour process (that's how long it took us with all the rising of the dough). They liked the rolling, the cutting, and mostly the eating. Hot grease and kids don't really mix anyway.

Are they mouth-watering right out of the pan and sprinkled with powdered sugar? You bet.

Here's a photo record of our first (and perhaps last) donut adventure:
My helpers
Rolling
Shaping
Resting
Frying
Sugaring
Eating!!

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