I’m tired beyond belief these days, and it’s of my own making. I get crazy this time of year, and put so much pressure on myself to be everything I want to be in life, instead of what I’m capable of being at any given moment. Does that make sense?
That’s why I decided to raise my white flag last night, and decided I needed help in the kitchen preparing our Hanukkah dinner. I used my plea for help as a chance to teach Isabella how to make latkes, and it was a reminder that I need to get these kiddos in the kitchen more often. I’m a bit of a control freak, and of the mindset that it’s just easier to do things myself than have to direct and teach, which is so funny considering I’m a great teacher in the kitchen with everyone except my own children!
The truth is that even though I’m a widow with children, they’re old enough now that I don’t have to do everything alone. Last night was a necessary reminder, and a wonderful bonding experience with Isabella (see some photos of her in action here).
Of course the inner perfectionist couldn’t leave well enough alone, and I decided to whip up a batch of homemade doughnuts, too. I know, who just whips up fresh, homemade doughnuts? I know this is going to sound crazy, but provided you’re okay with frying, they’re really easier to make than you think (see here and here). It just takes some planning because the dough needs two rises.
These Homemade Doughnut Holes are a great shortcut if making large, filled doughnuts feels like too much a task. They cook faster, only 2 to 3 minutes in the deep fryer, and a quick roll in granulated sugar is all they need to finish. You can season the sugar with cinnamon, or any other spice you like, and you can use a pastry bag to fill them with jelly, too. Just follow this recipe, and use a small, 1-inch round cutter to make the holes. They’ll take 10 to 15 minutes to proof once cut out, depending on how warm a spot you leave them in to rise. Happy Hanukkah to everyone celebrating! xx-Jennie
Eight Years Ago: Homemade Hot Cocoa
Seven Years Ago: Peanut Butter Bon Bons, Crispy Potato Latkes
Six Years Ago: Chocolate Gingerbread Doughnuts
Five Years Ago: Homemade Eggnog
Four Years Ago: Crispy, Chewy Gingersnap Cookies, Candied Pecans
Three Years Ago: Gingerbread Chess Pie
Two Years Ago: Peppermint Fudge Brownies, Slow Cooker Lentil Soup, Gingerbread Scones
One Year Ago: Almond Milk Eggnog, Asian Vegetable Noodle Soup, Homemade Almond Paste (without egg whites)