Are you a dreamer? I don’t mean a day dreamer…although I’m the biggest day dreamer there is…and we will talk about that another day…but I mean, do you dream while you sleep? And if so, do you remember your dreams?
I do. I have vivid dreams, and most of the time, I remember the dream. And I do dream in color, regardless of what the dream experts say. People can dream in color.
Like I said, I remember every last event that happened in my dreams, and the emotions that I’m feeling during that dream, usually linger throughout the morning…especially if the dream was highly eventful. Most of the time, I have really happy dreams, but once in a while..they’re not so happy. I do think that it is the very last dream that I have right before I wake up in the morning. I tend to dream in the early morning, and yesterday morning was no different. I’m not going to go into detail, but I woke up feeling very uneasy and sad, yet so very happy to find out that it was only a dream!
I have the perfect remedy to shake off the remnants of bad dreams…roll up my sleeves and grab the flour out of the cupboard. I knew that fry cakes would be the cure all / end all to whatever woes my brain conjured up while I slept! Honestly, it isn’t a stress eating type of thing, but more of a stress cooking type of thing. I know that I’ve said this a million times before, but cooking and baking definitely calms me. For me, there is nothing better than something simmering on the stove, and a little flour on my apron!
Warning: There is nothing healthy about these fry cakes. In fact, a deep fried cakey batter should only be made once in a great while, you know, when bad dreams linger into the morning, and nothing else will do.
But man, are they delicious…especially when they’re still warm with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg in the background, and the warm glaze dripping down the sides. They’re definitely worth the guilt trip that you’ll have immediately after..especially if you go for seconds!
Life is good. It’s a “The best feeling in the world when you realize that the band of gypsies who set up camp in your backyard and kidnapped your dog was only a dream…” kind of good.
- 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
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup milk (plus more to achieve desired consistency)
- 2 tsp clear vanilla extract
- In a small pan or microwave, heat the milk to at least 115 degrees F, but no more than 130 degrees F.
- 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.
- 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.
- Slowly add the flour, 1 cup at a time beating after each addition until all of the flour is fully incorporated.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Drizzle with the glaze. Serve warm. Enjoy!
- 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.