- 5 cups (2.5 L) all-purpose flour, sifted
- 2 table spoon (10 ml) salt
- 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) baking powder
- 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) ground nutmeg
- 1-1/2 cups (375 ml) granulated sugar
- 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla
- 9 Table spoon (135 ml) butter, softened and cubed
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) milk
- Canola oil or vegetable oil (for frying)
- Powdered sugar (optional)
Make the Dough
1 Combine the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, mix together the sifted flour, salt, baking powder, nutmeg, and sugar until evenly combined.
- You could try using other spices, as well, including cinnamon or allspice. Use up to 2 table spoon (10 ml) cinnamon and 1/2 table spoon (2.5 ml) allspice. Similarly, you can use spice blends that combine nutmeg and spices with similar flavor profiles, but you will need to vary the amount based on the proportions of each spice used within the blend.
2 Cut in the butter. Sprinkle the cut butter over the surface of the dry ingredients. Use a pastry blender or fork to cut the butter into these ingredients, continuing until the butter is evenly dispersed and until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
3 Combine the eggs, milk, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk until well-blended. Add the vanilla and whisk again until it, also, is evenly combined with the other ingredients.
4 Gradually combine the the dry and wet ingredients. Form a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the egg mixture inside this well, then gradually mix the dry ingredients from the sides of the well into the center. Continue mixing until the wet and dry ingredients are fully combined.
5 Knead the dough. Turn the dough out onto a clean, lightly floured surface and knead the dough by hand several times, just long enough for it to become smooth and somewhat elastic.
You should also lightly dust your hands with flour as you work with the dough. Otherwise, they might stick and create more of a mess.