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!
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.
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- boxed pancake mix, or use your favorite recipe
Dissolve yeast in water in large bowl. If you have a stand mixer to do this in, perfect. Otherwise, be me.
Scald milk, cool to lukewarm. Add milk, sugar, salt, eggs, butter (or shortening), and 2 cups of flour:
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.
Stir in last 3 cups of flour until relatively smooth.
Yeah, that looks awful. No worries. Cover bowl and let rise for 50-60 minutes, or until double in 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.
Gently roll dough to about 1/2″ thickness with a floured rolling pin. Measuring. Ha.
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:
It’s process, but it works. Cover and let rise until double again, 30-40 minutes.
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.
Remove donuts from oil carefully; drain on paper towels.
(MINOR) BURNS: 2
Allow to cool completely.
Mix powdered sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl or cup.
Sift powdered sugar liberally over donuts.
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!
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!
Remember, cooking IRL doesn’t have to be a Feat of Strength!