Crazy weather is becoming the norm here in Canada and this past weekend was a great example of that. We are almost in mid-April and we had a freezing rain storm that lasted almost 3 days. Dave and I were really eager about taking off our snow tires so we did that a few days before the storm (thinking that it probably wouldn’t be as bad as they were calling for). We were wrong about that! So, this meant that we were stuck indoors for the entire weekend.
I had to think fast because once I start to get negative about the situation, the entire house follows suit. I planned art activities and cooking activities strategically planned with stuff we had in the house already because we couldn’t drive anywhere to pick anything up.
I decided to make yeast-risen doughnuts with the boys. I thought this was the perfect activity because it requires a few steps, takes some time and can be very hands-on. It’s nice to have a fun treat after a long project too – and kids and doughnuts are a winning pair! I’ve made these so many times that I could pretty much do it with my eyes closed and a recipe you’re good at is always recommended when cooking with kids. It’s so easy to get distracted while you’re helping one of them.
My boys helped put together the dough while I explained the purpose behind every ingredient. They were amazed by how much the dough grew in its first proof and they had a blast cutting out the doughnuts too. I did all the frying, of course, but they were happy to help with the decorating part.
This recipe is fool-proof, unless your yeast is dead which in that case your dough will not proof. I prefer fresh yeast because it works much faster. I found a local bakery near my house that always has it stocked and it’s super cheap. I usually buy a block and it lasts me almost 2 weeks. You can use it to make any yeast-risen dough like pizza dough too. If you have active dry yeast, I have given you the amount that you need below.
I love these doughnuts because they are like a blank slate. You can get creative with your toppings or you can even shape them with no hole in the middle and fill them with pastry cream, lemon curd or jelly filled with powdered sugar on the outside, Nutella…whatever your heart desires! I have a recipe on here for Julie’s Toasted Coconut Doughnuts that you might want to try too.
I love to do these with plain old cinnamon sugar or a trusty chocolate dip with chocolate ganache.
Whatever your favourite is — I don’t judge! Make sure to have this recipe handy for the next time the crazy weather strikes!