Fry Cakes
Serves: One dozen
The Fry Cakes
  • 1 cup, plus 2 tbsp. whole milk
  • 1½ tbsp. RapidRise Yeast
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 3¼ cups all purpose flour (plus more for kneading and rolling)
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
The Glaze
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk (plus more to achieve desired consistency)
  • 2 tsp clear vanilla extract
The Fry Cakes
  1. In a small pan or microwave, heat the milk to at least 115 degrees F, but no more than 130 degrees F.
  2. Pour into the bowl of a stand mixer, and sprinkle the yeast and sugar into the milk. Stir lightly with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Let sit for about 15 minutes while the yeast enjoys its feast of sugar.
  3. Turn the mixer on low, and begin to add the salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, and eggs. Beat on low for about 2 minutes, or until the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  4. Slowly add the flour, 1 cup at a time beating after each addition until all of the flour is fully incorporated.
  5. Turn out onto a generously floured surface, and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. I know. That's a long time. It's worth it. Cover and let the dough rest for about 15 minutes.
  6. Generously flour the surface again, and roll the dough out to about ½ inch. Using 3 inch round cutter, cut out as many circles as you can out of that first rolling. Using a 1 inch round cutter, cut out the center of each 3 inch round. These will be the donut holes. Continue to roll out the remaining dough, until all of the rounds have been cut out. Place the donuts and holes onto a parchment lined baking sheet, and cover with a clean towel. Place in a warm spot in your kitchen, and let rise for about an hour.
  7. Heat at least 2 inches of vegetable oil to 350 degrees in a heavy pan over medium heat. Fry 2 or 3 donuts at a time. Watch them carefully, and flip when the one side is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove from oil, and drain on a paper towel lined baking sheet. Let sit until cool enough to handle.
  8. Drizzle with the glaze. Serve warm. Enjoy!
The Glaze
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until combined and smooth. If the glaze is too thick for your liking, add a tablespoon of milk at a time until it reaches your desired consistency. Drizzle over fry cakes.
Recipe by Butter Basil and Breadcrumbs at