Monday, November 2, 2009

halloween 2009: doughnuts and wassail

it seems as if i've become a bit of a party pooper in my old age. the last thing on the planet i want to do is don a costume and party hop on halloween. i want to make the traditional doughnuts and wassail and watch cheesy movies with friends. i really wanted to re-learn the thriller dance but that was as festive as i was feeling. the thing is, it was a ridiculously enjoyable day and night. which goes to show, it's not where you are but who you are with, and what you are eating. that's sort of a saying, right? i didn't get a chance to take images of these recipes last year so here is some photographic evidence of doughnuts and wassail.

the doughnuts actually turned out better than they ever have before, which was a nice treat for me.

here is the recipe:

beat till frothy:
3 eggs

add, beating well:
1 1/4 c. sugar

add, stirring well:
2 T. melted butter
1 c. milk

stir in:
1 t. baking soda
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1 t. nutmeg
2 t. cinnamon (i like to add a little more)
4 c. flour (probably added more like 5 1/2 cups when all was said and done)

mix well—can chill for easier handling. Fry at 375° (i tried that first but it seemed too hot so i dropped it about 100°) until done.

here is the wassail recipe:

1 quart water
2 1/4 c. sugar
10 cloves
8 allspice berries
2 sticks cinnamon
1 piece of candied ginger
2 quarts apple cider or juice
1 quart orange juice (i like the extra pulp kind)
2 c. lemon juice

mix water and sugar; boil for 5 minutes. remove from heat. stir in cloves, allspice berries, cinnamon and ginger. let stand 1 hour or more. strain. stir in apple cider, orange juice, and lemon juice. serve warm.


EEEJ said...

Wish i could have been part of the the good friends, good times...and really good food. Looks amazing!

rachel lee said...

I made mine and they turned out well! I think I did your other recipe. They were YUM and so fun to make...

Mixing Bowl Mama said...

Oh, these look really good! I wonder how they would taste if they were baked and not fried (baked doughnuts seem to be all the rage lately).

carolinesbakeshop said...

eeej: me too!
rach: i'm so glad. also, your costume is always the scariest.
MBM: oh, that is a good idea, if you try it, let me know how it turns out. i think i'll have to try that the next time i make these.

Evan said...

YUM! I've never tried doughnuts. Must. Try. Now!

Jill said...

I love a good doughnut recipe:)

julia said...

i'll take 2.

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J. said...

Yum. I just clicked on your link from the yourheartout blog and am excited to try some of your awesome recipes. Just wanted to say hi:)

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Maria said...

Those donuts look awesome!!