This is an easy recipe for cinnamon donuts, fried in a pan.
There is nothing tastier than some delicious light sweet fluffy sugary cinnamon donuts (or doughnuts, as we call them in the UK).
There are plenty of calories in sugar doughnuts, so if you are trying to lose weight and avoid sugar they are probably not the best food for you. But boy, do they taste good.
The origin of Donuts
In some countries, you have a real donut culture supported of course by companies like Dunkin’ Donuts, and others. American movies always have cops consuming whole trays of doughnuts with their colleagues for example. This was because the donut shop was the easiest place to get a quick and easy snack when they are working long hours without a chance to eat.
But why do Americans spell Donut as they do? I do not really understand as clearly they are Nuts made from Dough, no? Doughnuts? I suppose it is just Americans being efficient with letters.
The origins of the donut are supposedly the Dutch ‘olykoek’ which the Dutch settlers brought with them to New Amsterdam (now New York) at the beginning of the 19th century.
The ‘olykoek’, is now known as the ‘oliebol’ and is still traditionally deep-fried in most houses in the Netherlands (or in the shed as the process makes a smell!) on or before New Year’s Eve.
At New Year celebrations the Dutch will celebrate the fireworks and midnight with a deliciously unhealthy oliebol, or two (they are actually REALLY good, but not if you are counting calories!).
However the rest of the year you will not really see the oliebol in Holland. Birthdays are mostly celebrated in the Netherlands with cake or vlaai (a delicious sort of fruit tart).
Differences between the oliebol and a doughnut
The donut of today tastes very different to an oliebol. Oliebollen can contain raisins for example, and the dough is different, being a bit more stodgy. They are also deep-fried in oil (hence the name) and I suspect they retain more oil than a normal doughnut. Olibollen are sperical in shape.
Doughnuts tend to have a lighter internal texture. Both are tasty, and both contain significant calories.
Donuts are normally dunked in caster sugar, whereas oliebollen are sprinkled with powdered sugar.
This cinnamon sugar donuts recipe is a deep-fried doughnut recipe that will give you delicious fried doughnuts.
The shape you cut before you fry them will determine whether you get ring doughnuts or filled doughnuts, so you will need to experiment.
The holes from the ring doughnuts can be fried as well to give you some mini cinnamon sugar donut holes, which look like mini filled donuts.
I do not have a doughnut cutter, so I cut the dough with biscuit cutters, which does the trick.
However, it does mean my donuts may not be completely symmetrical. Who cares? My daughter does not seem to notice and they all taste the same 😃!
You may wish to fill your doughnuts with custard, jam or Nutella filling. Maybe you would like to glaze them with some other topping? It’s up to you.
I hope you enjoy making these cinnamon sugar donuts as much as we did. Mine did not last long!
How to make cinnamon sugar doughnuts