Homemade Doughnuts/Fritters/Beignets

Yesterday morning was a quintessential Saturday in our house.  I went to the gym, came home to find Chris and Mack playing an iPad game together while Evie and Vivian kept each other busy.  With everyone calm and occupied, I knew I had a few minutes to fix a nice breakfast.

This recipe happened by accident.  I tried tweaking my regular homemade pancake recipe by adding some sour cream, but the batter was too thick for pancakes.  So, I improvised and turned the batter into doughnuts instead!  I don’t have a special doughnut maker tool thingy, so I just plopped spoonfuls of dough into hot oil.  Would this technically make them beignets or fritters?  I don’t know, but they sure were tasty!

I think some chopped apples and cinnamon stirred in would be delicious – perhaps I’ll give it a try after we go on our annual apple picking trip.

Homemade Doughnuts/Fritters/Beignets

1 cup flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

1 egg

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 sour cream

3/4 cup whole milk

powdered sugar, for dusting

In a medium bowl, whisk dry ingredients.  Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl and mix well.  Pour wet into the dry and stir until it just starts to come together (a few lumps are just fine).

Pour a few inches of oil into a small pot and bring to 250 degrees (I used a candy thermometer to make sure the oil was hot enough).  Drop a generous spoonful of batter into the hot oil (be careful!):

After a minute or two, once it is browned on the bottom , gently flip it over.

Once both sides are browned, remove from the oil and promptly (and generously!) dust with powdered sugar.

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