Sunday, January 30, 2011

Homemaker Monday: Crispy Creamy Doughnut Mix!

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MINE: I put an exclamation point after the title of this post because I'm so excited about baking mixes right now!!!

If you ask anyone who knows me well, they'll tell you that I get really "into" something once I get started. I could name countless things that some believe I've become "obsessed" over, but I'll spare you the boring details. Suffice it to say I'm currently completely engrossed in making everything I currently bake into a convenient mixes, for me, and.... for you!

It's so, so easy to do. Simply quadruple the dry stuff in any baked goods recipe, mix the dry ingredients together, cut in the butter, if so called for, then divide into 4 parts and place into jars or ziploc bags. If there's butter in your mix, it must be refrigerated or frozen, otherwise it will keep on the shelf for months, even years. Make sure to label your mix, and write down which wet ingredients to add and the baking directions, and you're set!

I plan on blogging tons of mixes in the coming days and weeks, but I thought the best one to start off with would be one of my favorites... Crispy Creamy Doughnuts! If you'll remember, I found the original recipe HERE, at allrecipes.com, but to make the Crispy Creamy Doughnut mix, I had to mix things up a bit by making a couple of substitutions. And don't worry. I tried out this mix this evening, and these doughnuts were just as delightful as they always are. So here you go.... and you're welcome! :)

Doughnut mix:
20 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons yeast (8 envelopes)
3/4 cup powdered milk
2 cups sugar
4 teaspoons salt
1 1/3 cup butter

Doughnut mix directions:

1. Whisk together all dry ingredients, then cut in butter until small crumbs form.
2. Divide mix into four parts, about 6 cups each, and place into Ziploc bags in the fridge or freezer. Mix will keep for about a month in the fridge and about 3 months in the freezer.

Icing mix:
8 cups powdered sugar
1 1/3 cups butter

Icing mix directions:

1. Cut butter into powdered sugar until mix resembles small crumbs. Divide into four parts, and place in Ziploc bags. Store in fridge or freezer.

To make doughnuts and icing:

For the doughnuts:
1 package Crispy Creamy Doughnut mix
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup warm water (so warm that you can barely hold your hand under it as it comes out of the faucet)

1. In a mixing bowl, combine mix and water, then stir until water cools down. Add eggs. Knead mixture by hand, or in a Kitchen-aid with a dough hook for about 5 minutes. If mix is too sticky, add flour. If it's too firm, add water.

2. Let rise in a greased bowl until doubled in bulk, about an hour.

3. Roll out onto a counter about 1/2 inch thick and cut into desired shapes. For instructions on how to make the shapes pictured above, go HERE. Place doughnuts on greased cookie sheets to rise until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.

4. Fry in hot oil until lightly browned on both sides, then let cool slightly for 5 minutes on a paper-towel-covered cookie sheet. While still warm, dip doughnuts in Crispy Creamy icing, then let cool on racks.

For the icing:
1 package Crispy Creamy icing mix
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup hot water

1. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Turn off heat when icing begins to simmer.

Please let me know if these directions are confusing. It's late, and I'm tired, but I am willing to make the sacrifice and post this just for you! :) Love ya!

OURS: Okay, let's see what homemaking tips, recipes and how-tos you have to link up today. Can't wait and thank you so much. Have a great Homemaker Monday!

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P.S. My sister and I are finally getting skinnier!
See how we're doing it HERE! :)

7 comments:

21st Century Housewife© said...

I love the idea of homemade mixes, and we love Crispy Cream Donuts! Thank you for sharing the recipe, and for hosting. Have a lovely week!

Emily Heizer Photography said...

That is so obvious and I totally NEVER would have thought of that! You ARE BRILLIANT Jen!!!

Rachel Murphy said...

Thank you so much! I have been trying to do the same lately and my kiddos will LOVE this one. Thanks for sharing :)

Brian + Cheryl B. said...

Hi Jen :-)
You know how sometimes when you start reading something, you read so far and then your brain kind of fills in what the rest is going to be? Mine just did that - on your blog. I read "For those who don't know" and my brain added "that your Mormon". Then the brakes on my brain skidded to a halt as it's shouting "WHAT??!!!" o;-p

Jane said...

You have a great site here! Thanks for hosting this linky! :)

Andrea (Andreas Kitchen) said...

Thanks for hosting!
This week I am sharing my recipe for Italian Sausage And Spinach Meatballs. They are great to serve as either an appetizer or a main course.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Jen - The word we talked about is in the Doughnut Mix blog - 3rd paragraph.

Grammarically speaking, Mom