Thursday, April 15, 2010

CRD's: Fried Donuts

Let me tell you about the birds and the bees
and the Cuban refugees.

I have coined these fried donuts CRD's – Cuban Refugee Donuts.  Donuts were a novelty to newly arrived Cubans.  Back in the sixties we couldn't afford to buy donuts at donut shops (or anywhere else for that matter), but that didn't stop us from attempting to make them at home.  We had a great aunt whom everyone affectionately called Tia Nena, and she was the one who taught me how to make donuts from what were then 9¢ Pillsbury dough rolls.

Separate your dinner rolls and knead them a bit with your fingers. Poke a hole in the middle. (or you can elongate and twist the dough). Bring a skillet with 1/2" of vegetable oil to medium high heat. Place your donuts in the oil 2 or 3 at a time. The donuts will inflate. If they brown too quickly lower the heat, we want the dough to cook through. Flip your donut and remove when golden brown to a paper-towel-lined plate.

Who doesn't like fried dough? Dust your CRD's with powdered sugar. You may enhance your donut experience by dipping into sweetened condensed milk.

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