Bonuts: A cross between a biscuit and a donut. The perfect food pairing to a cup of coffee or tea in the morning.
I admit, I may or may have not just made up that word.
I really struggled with naming this recipe because it’s so simple, and it tastes a little like a churro, a little like a biscuit, a lot like a funnel cake, and it’s made like a donut. Possible ideas were “bis-nuts” “bi-nuts” and “do-cuits,” which I realize are all terrible. My roommate had a few good ideas such as “cinna – puppies,” (like, hushpuppies) but in the end I decided with a simple, yet memorable name for these thingamabobs.
Confession: These are so good I ate 5 of them in one sitting– and considered pouring myself another cup of coffee just so I could have an excuse to eat more of them. They’re the perfect mix of crunch and soft, of plain and taste. Food scientists call this the “bliss point”, and lemme tell you: these bonuts got bliss.
- Vegetable Oil
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1.5 Tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp butter, cut into small pieces
- about a half cup of milk
- powdered sugar
- Heat about an inch of oil in a deep skillet to 325 degrees
- Combine all the dry ingredients.
- Cut the butter into the flour by using your fingers to rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter/flour mixture resembles dry sand.
- Add the milk slowly until it forms into a dry dough. I prefer to use my hands to mix the milk with the dry ingredients, but you can use a large spoon as well. Don't use more milk than you need.
- Divide the dough into about 8 pieces. Roll them between your palms to turn them into smooth balls.
- Without overcrowding the fry pan, work in batches to fry the balls. Rotate/flip them every minute or so until they are golden brown. Monitor the temperature of the oil
- Remove and let drain on paper towels.
- Sprinkle powdered sugar over the bonuts when you are ready to serve them.
My time in the morning — when I wake up early enough to enjoy it — is usually spent sipping on coffee and bracing myself for the craziness that is the real world. One of my favorite things about these Bonuts is that they remind me of street fairs and circus funnel cakes. As such, with the craziness of this election cycle’s primary season, this song just seemed perfectly fitting.