All Hail the might one: James Beard! I whipped up a batch of doughnuts using the recipe from his “Beard on Bread” book. (A book that I stole from my father, so sorry, sorry that I’m not sorry.) If you’re looking for a starting point for any dish, after asking your Grandma, next look for recipes from people named Beard, Child or Waters, (listed alphabetically, not in order of preference.) I’ve yet to be disappointed. Mr. Beard’s doughnuts were no exception.
This is less of a recipe and more of a sales pitch for in-home deep fryers, jeez I love having one. This was my first go at doughnuts, thank goodness I had my fireman to help!
We just rolled out the dough and cut it into squares (only because I don’t have any circle cutters…) then dropped it into the fryer. They aren’t a really pretty shape, but who need looks when you taste so damn good?
Some were stuffed with pastry cream and topped with Nutella, the nectar of the gods. The rest were stuffed with apple butter and topped with powdered sugar, you know, to be healthy.