Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Donuts - Cream Filled Donuts - Yum

By Diane Forrest,


It’s a beautiful Wednesday morning in the middle of September...why not stop for donuts?  Today is a perfect day because it is Cream Filled Donut Day!  For those of you who don't know, donuts are deep fried flour dough that is very versatile.  They can be dipped in a sugar glaze, covered with chocolate icing, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar or powdered sugar.  They can be round with a hole in the center or solid and filled with jelly or cream. They are mainly viewed as a breakfast or morning food, however can be enjoyed at any time of the day or night.  Many donut shops are open 24 hours a day, these accounts for one of the reasons they are frequented by police officers.  Before there were other all night restaurants open, those working late night shifts and needing coffee to stay awake, could only find their caffeine fix at an all-night donut shop.

Years ago when I worked at the local grocery store, I would go in for work first thing in the morning and smell the donuts cooking.  There is no better way to start the day than eating a nice warm donut dripping in sugar glaze.   That is until you work in the donut area.  After stuffing yourself with donuts every day you can get really tired of them, and never want to see another donut.  Luckily for me, that condition didn’t last long, and I’m happy to report I can continue to enjoy donuts.

Everyone has their own favorite type.  For my husband, it was chocolate covered or bear claws.  My mother likes the cinnamon twists and cake donuts.  My dad and son are fans of the glazed donuts, and I love the cream filled. 

The cream filled donut is solid, with no hole in the center.  The center is filled with a vanilla cream; I like the Bavarian cream which is more like vanilla pudding.  Then it is topped with chocolate icing, or either covered with the sugar glaze.  Another type of cream filling is made with sugar and shortening.  It is light and airy, like marshmallows.  I can't eat this much sugar in the morning, however they make a great dessert for lunch or dinner. 

If you are not fortunate to live near a donut shop or bakery, you can make some quick and easy donuts with this recipe.  All you need is hot oil for frying and canned biscuits. 

Drop the biscuits in the boiling oil.  Use either a deep fryer or frying pan with enough oil to cover the dough.  When they are brown, lay them on a paper towel and allow draining.  Prepare the filling with the following recipe or either a package of prepared vanilla pudding.  If you don't have a pastry bag, you can get an icing tip in the grocery store by the canned icing.  Put the tip in a Ziploc baggie, fill the baggie with your filling of choice and squeeze into the donut.  Spread the canned chocolate icing on top and enjoy!

Cream Filling:
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


Directions:

Using an electric mixer, whip shortening in a medium bowl with confectioners' sugar and white sugar until creamy, 5 to 10 minutes

Hope you have time today to enjoy a delicious cream filled donuts 


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