Jun 10

Buttermilk Donut Holes

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This past Friday was National Donut Day. Not wanting to miss out on such an important holiday, I decided the day would not be complete without some kind of homemade donuty goodness. After reading this article, I decided it would be appropriate to pay homage to the doughnut by using an updated version of this old-time doughnut recipe. I adapted the recipe to make little doughnut holes. They are SO addictive–the outside is sugary and just a bit crisp, and then you bite into it and it’s soft and flavorful.
They are sweet, but not overly so, and the nutmeg gives such fabulous flavor that it is hard not to eat every single doughnut right as soon as they’re rolled in sugar.
They’re easy and quick too. (Even better, right?) Just mix up some batter,
heat up some oil, and then use a spoon to scoop up a small amount and use another spoon to push that dough off into the hot oil.
Then you let it fry for a while until it turns a dark golden brown, and then you flip it over and cook the other side.
When it’s done cooking you pull it out of the oil,
and let it cool slightly on some paper towels.
When it has cooled a bit, you roll them in sugar and then set them on a cooling rack to finish cooling (or start popping them into your mouth).
Don’t worry, sometimes you’ll get some funky looking ones. But they still taste REALLY good. I made sure to try several odd looking ones so I could feel confident in telling you that it’s okay to eat them.
Why do I keep making things that are so dangerous to have around when there isn’t anyone to help me eat?

FM’s Buttermilk Donut Holes
Adapted from Brenda Hopkin’s recipe
Makes approximately 40 donut holes

1 cup buttermilk (or 1 Tbsp. lemon juice + enough milk to make 1 cup)
1 large egg, beaten
2 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cups granulated sugar (I used pure cane sugar, mmmmmmm!)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. nutmeg
3 Tbsp. melted butter
Granulated sugar for rolling donuts in (I also used pure can sugar for this)

1. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg, and set aside.

2. Whisk together buttermilk, egg, and sugar. Add melted butter and whisk again.

3. Add dry ingredients and gently stir together (do not use a mixer). Dough will be sticky.

4. Start heating oil in a frying pan to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Using two spoons, scoop up a small amount of dough with one spoon and use the other spoon to push it into the hot oil. Fry in hot oil. Donuts will start to crack on top when they are ready to turn. Remove from oil when golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

5. While warm, roll in or sprinkle with granulated sugar as desired.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenn June 10, 2009 at 5:51 pm

I've found that doughnut holes are easier to eat, but then that mean I have to eat more. LOL. I haven't tried making my own yet, but these look like I could give it a shot.


Fuji Mama June 10, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Jenn– I totally agree…that's why I get into trouble with them because then I REALLY have no self-control!


Jen @ MyKitchenAddiction.com June 10, 2009 at 6:53 pm

These look great! My husband even commented on how tasty they look while he was reading over my shoulder (he never does that).


Jas June 10, 2009 at 7:23 pm

I never thought it's done just like that. Thanks for sharing.


K and S June 10, 2009 at 7:40 pm

yummy! I have to try making doughnuts soon :)


Ann June 10, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Wow .. lovely presentation and it looks yummy. It remains me of the Sicilian Sifinci :)


foodcreate June 10, 2009 at 9:37 pm

What a really comforting treat !

Thanks for sharing your recipe:)

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Bob June 10, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Oh man, I love donuts. I've made it a point to not learn how to make them myself, I'd put on a million pounds. Those look awesome! :D


Confession Nook June 11, 2009 at 12:40 am

looks delish and i dont mind making the funny looking ones! =)


Semsavblanc June 11, 2009 at 12:53 am

I just put my vote in for your sausage recipe. You're coming second so far – still time for all your wonderful followers to get in and make sure you WIN!! Donut Holes – holes aren't usually fattening are they?


Semsavblanc June 11, 2009 at 12:55 am

Ha – I just thought of a joke – Eating a donut hole must be better than eating a whole donut! Hilarious? Sorry.


kgirl June 11, 2009 at 6:53 am

You made Timbits! You could be an honourary Canadian.


Chow and Chatter June 11, 2009 at 7:08 am

nice blog these look amazing good job lol


Fuji Mama June 11, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Semsavblanc– You crack me up! :-)


grammarinda June 11, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Oh yum! I made these for breakfast this morning. I have been looking for this recipe forever. The grocery store here sells them in a rectangular shape and calls them buttermilk crullers. I love them, but so far a buck a piece has kept them off my hips and waist. Now, well, ummm, we will see. Thank you!!! I think.


Fuji Mama June 11, 2009 at 5:17 pm

grammarinda–Um, you're welcome, I think? :-) I'm glad they turned out! Addictive aren't they? I need to forget I know how to make them.


Chris & Abbie June 11, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I was just thinking the other day that I wanted to find a donut recipe to make – your timing is perfect!


Jess June 12, 2009 at 8:44 am

You keep making these dangerously yummy things because you are supposed to CALL ME and have me over to help you eat them! Duh, Rae! :P


Anonymous June 14, 2009 at 11:39 am

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I made them for breakfast this morning and wow..they were so tasty. The nutmeg added such nice flavor to them. YUM!



Fuji Mama June 14, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Yay! I'm so glad you liked them Jennifer!


Cassie June 19, 2009 at 12:17 pm

yum! yum!

took me back to when i was little and my grandma would make homemade donuts. so, so good. even plain with no sugar or icing. just yummy! i wonder where that recipe is.


Angela Winters September 23, 2009 at 9:10 am

Awesome recipe, but mine came out too greasy. What am I doing wrong? I put the oil at 375, then I turned them when brown on one side and then took them out when brown on the other.

Any advice?


molly April 29, 2010 at 10:19 am

i made these yesterday on my day off…yum!


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