Mandazith- Kenya


It took me 5 minutes to type out “Mandazith”. It kept correcting to mandatory. See, autocorrect can turn Mandazithto mandatory, but can’t turn ronnirw into tomorrow? Really? Do better, autocorrect, or I’ll have to learn how to spell (if anyone who works at Yale is reading this, I definitely know how to spell tomorrow. And antidisestablishmentarianism. I can also use antidisestablishmentarianism in a sentence, if you’d like). Anyway. Mandazith are doughnuts, and really good ones. Have you ever had an apple cider doughnut, in the fall? These are pretty similar, except without the apple cider. I’ve made doughnuts before, but I always baked them instead of deep frying them. That might have something to do with why these are so much better. Hmmmm.

INGREDIENTS (why do I always capitalize this?)

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

2 teaspoons sugar

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 cup buttermilk

Optional, for dusting on:

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg


Start by mixing up the dry ingredients (except the sugar),

then cutting the butter in. I won’t tell you how, because I want you to do what makes you happy. Not because I have no idea how to cut butter in. Definitely not.

Whisk up the buttermilk (if you don’t have any, just add a splash of vinegar to the milk. I’ve bought buttermilk two (2) times from the store, and both times never used the whole thing) and egg,

then pour it in and stir it up.

Add the sugar, too. Use a whisk to make sure there are no lumps. It’s ok if there’s still a few. It’s too hot for this.

Speaking of which, heat up some oil.

Plop in a drop of batter to see if it’s ready- if it rises to the top and starts sizzling, it’s ready. Pour in the batter, about 1/3 cup at a time. Flip it when it takes a solid shape, and remove it when it’s golden brown on both sides. When they’re ready, you can do just about anything you’d like with them- dust them with powdered sugar, or dip them in chocolate sauce, a glaze, or just your coffee. Or you could dust them with spiced sugar, my favorite. Just mix the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and dust it on as soon as they come out of the oil, so the sugar sticks. Serve these hot or cold!

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