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Super Chewy Donuts - Sunday Favorite

One of the things I miss most about Maryland is the FOOD!  Don't get me wrong - Texas definitely delivers when it comes to good food as well.  It's just a different kind of food I miss.  Above all, the crabs!  Second to that is the delicious Italian food found all over Baltimore.  My in-laws are amazing enough to overnight Maryland crabcakes to us in a FedEx ice-packed cooler.  As far as Italian donuts?  I make my own - and they're JUST as good as I remember in Maryland.

It's a very simple recipe.  I found a basic pizza dough recipe and instead of covering it with sauce and cheese, I deep fry hunks of the dough and roll it in sugar.  Oh sweet heavens!  These are the chewiest, most delicious donut! 

Here's what you need:

Pizza Dough:
(from Fleishman's Best-Ever Breads Cookbook)
3-3.5 C Flour
1 Pkg Active Dry Yeast
3/4 tsp Salt
1 C warm water
2 T Olive Oil

Place 1/4 cup of the warm water in a large warm bowl.  Sprinkle in the yeast; stir until dissolved.  Add remaining water, salt, oil, and 2 cups of flour; stir well.  Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. 

Knead on a lightly floured surface (or in a mixer with the dough attachment) until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 min.  Cover; let rest on floured surface 10 min. 

To make donuts:

Measure about 1/2 cup of sugar into a shallow bowl.  Line a large plate with several paper towels. 

Fill a saucepan with 3-4" of Canola oil.  Using a frying/candy thermometer, heat the oil to 370 degrees.

While the oil is heating, cut and roll the dough into small balls, about the size of a large gumball.  When the oil is ready, use a metal slotted spoon (or in my case, metal tongs) to place the dough into the oil. 

Once the dough is deep golden brown, remove it from the oil and place it on a paper towel.  Quickly toss the dough in the bowl of sugar and ENJOY!


  1. I would never of thought of using pizza dough. I'm your newest follower.

  2. Each geographic region has foods unique to it - - - and when you are away from them you DO miss them!

    The chewy donuts look yummy.

  3. Hi Sarah...

    Oooh...your donuts look and sound heavenly, my friend! I must tell you...donuts are my most favorite "sweet"! I just know that I would love these! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us this week for the Sunday Favorites repost party! I'd love to give these donuts a try!

    Have a wonderful week, my friend!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  4. ah these look amazing!! I love sugar too much!

  5. Wow Sarah,
    That's awesome. I'll have to give donuts a try. In the meantime, How bout forwarding a batch of those Md crab cakes to FL!

  6. Ahhhh! Now I see why you were interested in my proposed Italian dinner party. The donuts look heavenly, but won't work for this party. How about tiramisu? (sp?)

    Loved meeting you and your little dumplings! Here's the link to my blog. No recipes--just Christian stuff and the "musings of a wise old woman." Be blessed! Elaine, (one of "those" WalMart shoppers.)

  7. Yummers - I need to try this! I may even try it w/ wheat pizza dough since that what I usually make, but then again - that'd be sorta like an oxymoron - wheat doughnuts?!? :) Thanks!

  8. YUM---MEEEEE...They are beautiful, too.I just bookmarked your recipe.

    I just learned a quick and delicious cinnamon roll..canned breadsticks, rolled with butter, sugar and plenty of cinnamon, cook in muffin tins. They are really good and look amazing.:)


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