Change of Hairstyle, Change of Attitude (I’m Serious this Time)
Do you and your family celebrate Halloween? There once was a time when I didn’t do Halloween. I grew up on Halloween. Every year, in the last week of October, my friends and I would talk about what we were going to ‘be’. Our mamas worked full time, no one dared entertain the thought that they would have a handmade costume. We became skilled at raiding the closets in the house in order to put our costumes together. After deciding whether we would be a doctor, cheerleader or witch we spent Halloween night following one of our parents though our neighborhood with a flashlight. And the next day eating and counting our haul. There is no doubt that growing up Halloween was always fun. But when I had my first child I was on the fence about Halloween. It wasn’t the free candy that I was opposed to. I was not sure if I wanted to have my little one dress up like fiercely scary or dead people. I was firm in my Halloween protest until one day…I got married. My husband knew about my Halloween leeriness. And he didn’t say anything. He did not make one argument for or against. Instead he brought in a pumpkin our first Halloween together. My oldest went crazy. I watched her ooo and ahh over making the face on the pumpkin. I watched her eyes light up after the hubby turned off the lights, placed a candle in the carved out pumpkin and we all stood back and watched the glow from the candle beam out of its snaggle toothed smile and jagged carved eyes. By the next year I was passing out candy. The year after that I got my oldest a costume and stepped timidly through my best friend’s neighborhood as she took her little ones trick or treating. Now, I am making Halloween inspired treats. That year, and each year after, I have gradually given in to Halloween or what I like to refer to as ‘Fall Festival’. It took me a while but I finally get the point my husband silently made that first October of our marriage. We still don’t do scary costumes. Despite the scary costumes, movies and food, Fall Festival, Halloween or whatever you want to call, it is all to make sure that the kiddos have just as much fun as we did growing up, if not more.
1 package active dry yeast 3 1/4 cups flour, divided, plus more for rolling and shaping 1/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 egg beaten 1/3 cup softened butter Vegetable oil
Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight (I did overnight).
Roll dough out on floured surface. I like parchment paper myself. FYI: The dough will be kind of ‘tough’ if you work with it straight out of the refrigerator. Try to make dough about ½ inch think. Remember to use plenty of flour or the dough will stick!!
I cut out the doughnuts with a drinking glass and I cut out the holes in the middle with a medicine dispenser (necessity is always the mother of invention don’t’cha know). I also made 6-7 doughnuts at a time. Re-rolled out the dough until I had 20 doughnuts total.
Place rounds and centers on 2 well-floured baking sheets at least 1 in. apart.
Cover and let dough on the counter until they get puffy, usually takes about 2 hours.
Fry doughnuts until golden brown, turning once, about 1 minute each side.
Transfer doughnuts to wire rack. Frost or decorate as you like and most importantly enjoy!
What Halloween or Fall Festival traditions does your family have?
Have a Fantabulous Weekend with the Family!