We didn't eat fried foods hardly at all when I was growing up. We only ate out at restaurants a couple of times each year, and we didn't buy processed foods from the grocery store very often. First, there just weren't as many processed foods back then in the 1970s and early 80s, and second, they were a lot more expensive than preparing foods at home.
I would say that we probably only ate fried foods (including cod or halibut fillets) about once every 2-3 months. I don't think that is overdoing it, especially when you compare that to the rate that the average American eats fried foods these days.
One thing I do remember being afraid of a bit, when we made fried foods, was trying to keep the temperature of the oil just right: not too hot and not too cool. Too cool, and the food would absorb too much oil and be very greasy and unhealthy. Too hot, and we would risk a house fire!
Yesterday, when Kelsi called me on my cell phone while I was at the grocery store, and asked me if she could start making raised doughnuts, I said yes...but I wandered over into the food appliances aisle of Fred Meyer and took a look at the Fry Daddy Plus that they had in stock.
If you are looking for a very sweet doughnut, you may want to find a different recipe. The thin glaze provides just enough sweetness for our family without being sickeningly sweet.
Maple Bars and Doughnuts:
Mix together scalded milk, sugar, and shortening or solid coconut oil. Let cool to 115 degrees. Add salt, eggs, mashed potatoes (instant, fresh, or leftover), and yeast dissolved in liquid. Mix well. Begin adding flour, one cup at a time, adding just enough so that the dough can be handled without being overly sticky.
Knead dough for several minutes until smooth and elastic. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and turn greased side of dough facing up. Cover. Let rise in warm place until doubled, about two hours. (I turn my oven to "warm" for a couple of minutes and then turn off the heat. That seems to work well even in the winter.)
Roll out doubled dough to about 1/2" thick on a floured surface. Cut out maple bar and doughnut shapes. Heat cooking oil several inches deep in deep pan on stovetop until oil reaches 375 degrees. (Or, heat FryDaddy, etc. for 10-15 minutes. See instruction booklet for more information.)
Fry bars or doughnuts for several minutes on each side until golden brown. Carefully remove doughnuts from hot oil. Drain on paper towels on plates or cookie sheet. (I used a section of the newspaper on the bottom and then covered it with one layer of paper towels to be more frugal.)
Serve plain, sugared, or frosted.
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