Monday, August 4, 2014

Farmer Boy: Almanzo's donuts and apples n' onions

We're reading Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder with the two oldest.  Remember it?

It's been years since I've read it and we are really enjoying it.  Owen is especially loving all the food they eat at every meal.  We usually read right before bed and he keeps talking about how hungry it makes him.

Almanzo's favorite thing to eat is fried apples n' onions, and he eats lots of donuts, so on Saturday we decided to recreate an Almonzo meal.

We found the following recipe after a lot of searching on the internet.


1 c. milk
1 c. sugar
2 1/2 tbsp. butter
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 eggs, beaten
4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
confectioners sugar
3 1/2 c. sifted flour
Oil for deep frying
In a bowl combine sugar and butter. Add eggs and blend. Add milk. In another bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add liquid mixture to flour mixture gradually, beating vigorously. Knead lightly on a floured work surface. Add a small amount of flour, if needed to keep dough from sticking.
Roll out to 1/4 inch thick rectangle. Use a doughnut cutter to cut dough. Fry in deep hot oil, maintaining a 370°F temperature.
When doughnuts rise to top turn only once. Drain doughnuts on absorbent paper. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar.

It was a lot like eating Indian Fry bread if you've ever eaten that. Basically, it's amazing.  At first I tried to make rope donuts but it was taking too long, so I pretty much just made little snakes out of the dough and they fried up nice.

Apples and onions was basically cutting up and frying onions and apples in butter.  We found a couple of recipes that called for brown sugar, but it was so tasty that we didn't even use the sugar.

Give the book and the recipes a try- you'll love it.

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