Friday, June 4, 2010

Celebrate National Donut Day with Alice Horton!...

My Facebook friends are telling me it's National Donut Day today, and since I live in Los Angeles, where we have Dunkin Donut commercials but no actual store locations, I have decided to instead post a recipe to the donuts that became infamous to me when I was a teenager.

Yes, folks, Alice Horton's famous cake donuts! The recipe was featured in the Days of our Lives cookbook that my mother bought me for one Christmas, even though neither one of us actually cooked. I carried it with me when I moved out to L.A., though I still never cracked it for much more than a walk down memory lane with the photos inside. This weekend, though, I think I will try my hand at making the donuts. In honor of National Donut Day but also in honor of Frances Reid, the woman who spent the majority of her adult life watching over those who grew up on DOOL, as well as with DOOL.

Reid passed away in February of this year, and Sunday marks a memorial event featuring friends, family, and fans of hers. I will be attending in order to pay my respects and chat a bit with those who knew and loved her most. It's the first weekend in June, which always marked the DOOL fan club weekends that I so often attended with my mother. It's nice to see that part of the tradition can still stay alive, even if we're not being brought together over the happiest of circumstances.

But for now, enjoy this recipe, which makes about three dozen donuts (feel free to adjust the recipe for smaller portions or to add cocoa powder for chocolate cake donuts):

In a large bowl, beat two large eggs until foamy. Gradually add in one cup of sugar, beating constantly. Stir in one cup of milk, five tablespoons of melted shortening, and one teaspoon of vanilla.

Sift together the dry ingredients separately first: four cups of all-purpose flour, four teaspoons of baking powder, and an optional half a teaspoon of salt.

Add the dry bowl to the wet ingredients, mixing well. Cover and chill the dough for 30 minutes to 1 hour for easier handling.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray or use a very light coating of melted butter. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured board to a half-inch thickness. Cut with a donut cutter. Place the donuts and holes on the baking sheet, about an inch apart. Bake for ten to fifteen minutes or until golden brown.

After cooling, brush each donut and hole with melted butter and roll in Cinnamon Sugar to coat all sides.


And stay tuned to this blog because I will be posting photos and my account of events from her memorial event. Hope to see many of you there!

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