September’s Featured Recipe: Powdered Donut Pancake Surprise

You spoke; we listened! September’s Featured Recipe is Mrs. Cartman’s Powdered Donut Pancake Surprise! Recently, Skill Up Skillet received a donation to the Bakeware Fund. Part of this donation went towards purchasing a small deep fryer which was used to make the donuts used in today’s recipe. Thanks for your donation!

South Park
Thank you!

DISCLAIMER: This recipe is pure diabetes on a plate. Expect one plate to feed 3-4 adults!

As you may have noticed, there’s no poll for October’s Featured Recipe. “But why, Leisel? Don’t you care about your readers?” You bet your ass I do. That’s why this October Skill Up Skillet will be collaborating with CuppaGeek throughout the month of October to throw a smashing Nightmare Before Christmas Tea Party! Details to come, but it’s sure to be a fun-filled month of “What in Zeus’ name did we get ourselves into?”

I digress. South Park. Powdered Donut Pancake Surprise. Ready? Let’s go.

Gamers, grab your mats and insulin pumps:

DONUTS (makes 2 dozen plus donut holes)

  • 2 (1/4oz.) packages dry active yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk (scalded, then cooled)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup shortening (butter works too. I used butter because eff having to buy ingredients all the time)
  • 5 cups flour
  • enough oil for deep-frying

Recipe adapted from Food.com.

TOPPING

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

PANCAKES

  • boxed pancake mix, or use your favorite recipe
  • syrup
  • butter
Minus pancake stuff. Cause I used a box mix. Don't judge me.
Minus pancake stuff. Cause I used a box mix. Don’t judge me.

Dissolve yeast in water in large bowl. If you have a stand mixer to do this in, perfect. Otherwise, be me.

Smells funky.
Smells funky.

Scald milk, cool to lukewarm. Add milk, sugar, salt, eggs, butter (or shortening), and 2 cups of flour:

Honestly, I'm impressed that this drinking cup holds EXACTLY 1 1/4 cup.
Honestly, I’m impressed that this drinking cup holds EXACTLY 1 1/4 cup.

Beat on low for 30 seconds with stand or electric mixer, scraping bowl constantly. Stop and scrape bowl.

Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl as needed.

Now this smells like a dough!
Now this smells like a dough!

Stir in last 3 cups of flour until relatively smooth.

Okay, if you say so. It's a bit liquid-y anyway.
Okay, if you say so. It’s a bit liquid-y anyway.
First stage of 'finished' dough.
First stage of ‘finished’ dough.

Yeah, that looks awful. No worries. Cover bowl and let rise for 50-60 minutes, or until double in size.

Picture does a terrible job of conveying size.
Picture does a terrible job of conveying size.

Dough is incredibly sticky. You can tell if it’s ready by dipping a finger in flour then poking the dough. If the indentation remains, it’s ready. Turn dough out onto floured work table; roll around a bit to coat in flour.

Seriously. Sticky. Flour that dough up or rue the mess.
Seriously. Sticky. Flour that dough up or rue the mess.

Gently roll dough to about 1/2″ thickness with a floured rolling pin. Measuring. Ha.

I... didn't fail? Holy...
I… didn’t fail? Holy…

Cut with floured donut cutter. Don’t have one? Neither do I. I used a small cup, and a teeny-tiny vase. A shot glass would work, too. Let’s let the picture explain it better:

This makes sense? This makes sense.
This makes sense? This makes sense.

It’s  process, but it works. Cover and let rise until double again, 30-40 minutes.

I spy bonus donut holes.
I spy bonus donut holes.

Heat oil in deep fryer to 350 degrees F. Overcome fear of hot oil. Slide donuts into oil gently with metal spatula.

Fry until golden brown, 1 minute or so on each side. Swear excessively when attempting to turn donut holes; resist puncturing holes in the holes.

…That sounds terrible.

Mid'flip!
Mid-flip!

Remove donuts from oil carefully; drain on paper towels.

(MINOR) BURNS: 2

Anyone see this teaser pic this morning?
Anyone see this teaser pic this morning?

Allow to cool completely.

Mix powdered sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl or cup.

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Cinnamon makes everything better.

Sift powdered sugar liberally over donuts.

This. Yes.
This. Yes.

Make pancakes. I used a pancake mix and really felt like pictures weren’t necessary. Also I had a bad pancake day today. If you make pancakes regularly, you know. There are Good Pancake Days and Bad Pancake Days. Stack pancakes in a super tall stack on your serving plate.

Pour just enough syrup over pancakes to allow for a small pool of syrupy goodness at the base. Surround tall stack with 6-8 donuts (depending on size of plate). Stick a couple toothpicks halfway into one donut and stick into top of pancake stack. Garnish with a pat of butter. Stick an insulin needle in, you’re done!

September's Featured Recipe: Powdered Donut Pancake Surprise!
September’s Featured Recipe: Powdered Donut Pancake Surprise!

As an added bonus, here’s a behind the scenes peek at me shooting the tall stack:

Goddamnit, Luna. This dog, I swear. I love her, but this is ridiculous.

Coming Up Next: Candy Pinata PokeBalls!

Cheers,

Leisel

Remember, cooking IRL doesn’t have to be a Feat of Strength!

Entry for #WeeklyChallenge for #FoodBloggers

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11 thoughts on “September’s Featured Recipe: Powdered Donut Pancake Surprise”

  1. I had no idea donuts required rise time. I have one of those teeny baking things (or did until my daughter stole it for her dorm) and still they are a little labor intensive.
    Maybe you should include a “burn index” on all the recipes??

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    1. Deep fried donuts seem to require time to rise. Of course there are loads of recipes that can be baked instead and it’s a whole new ball game.

      A burn index. Geez. Jolly effing good. I’ll think about it!

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  2. You had me at diabetes on a plate! I don’t trust myself with frying anything, I’m too close to the stove at 5’2″ so this shall be a project for the husband!

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