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Sometimes, inspiration hits me late at night. Actually, most of my good ideas hit me at night sometime after the kids have finally gone to sleep and I have relaxed a little. Anyway, last night I was thinking about the big wad of refrigerator dough I had in the kitchen and what exactly I should do with it. And then it hit me, DONUTS! And they would be healthy ( sort of) because I made the dough with whole wheat flour! So, I rolled up my sleeves, pushed aside the mound of dirty dishes and went to work…at 10:30 at night. I made a dozen donuts and let them rise in the fridge. Then, this morning, I got up and fried these puppies up while waiting for my coffee to finish brewing. They are slightly crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Dusted with a little powdered sugar and I became the best Mom ever. So here you go:

Wheat Donuts
1 recipe of refrigerator dough made by substituting 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 bottle of vegetable oil for frying
confectioners sugar

Punch down your dough and pinch off a small wad of dough. Use your kindegarten playdough skills and roll out a snake. Then make a circle and pinch the ends together. Repeat until you have as many donuts as you want. Place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, pour enough oil in a wide pot ( I used a deep cast iron skillet) so that the donuts will have enough room to float, about 4 inches. Heat oil to 300-350 degrees. Working in batches, gently place donuts in oil and fry until golden brown. Flip over using the handles of 2 wooden spoons and cook until golden brown.
Place donuts on a rack over paper towels to cool. Dust with powdered sugar.

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Jodie is a wife, mom, writer and lover of chickens and gardens. She runs her family's winery by day and cooks and writes by night.

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