EASY RING DOUGHNUTS

This doughnut recipe makes great tasting home made doughnuts. Best eaten on the same day. RING DOUGHNUTS Makes +/- 30   Ingredients: 500g selfraising flour 3 eggs ¾ cup sugar 70g butter/margarine 1 teaspoon vanilla essence ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 - 1½ cups buttermilk Oil for frying 7cm and 3cm round cutters   For the coating: 1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon 125g caster sugar   Method: Cream together the eggs, sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl. Add vanilla essence. Add the flour and baking powder. Make a slight dent in the middle of the flour. Add the buttermilk. Mix together into a smooth ball and then turn out on to a floured work surface. Roll the dough out to a thickness of just over 1cm. Flour the cutters and use the larger one to cut out rounds of dough, then cut out the centres using the smaller cutter. (Or you can buy a ring doughnut cutter from your local spice shop) Re-roll the trimmings to make more doughnuts. Put the doughnuts to one side and make the coating. Mix the cinnamon into the sugar in a small bowl. Now fry the doughnut. Place the rings carefully into the hot oil and fry for 3-4 minutes, until golden on the bottom, then turn them over and fry for a further 2-3 minutes, until they are an even golden colour and cooked through. Lift on to kitchen paper to drain briefly and, while they're still hot, toss them in the cinnamon sugar until evenly coated. Shake off any excess and place on a wire rack to cool. (Not suitable for freezing).   Cook’s tip   GLAZE 1 cup of icing sugar 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence or a drop of food colouring Whisk in enough boiling water to make a thin glaze, drizzle over donuts. Cover with sprinkles. Kids love these different coloured doughnuts!!   Or Spread the doughnuts with chocolate spread    

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