Orange Drop Doughnuts
These old-fashioned "drop and fry" doughnuts couldn't be easier, but making them lighter and rich with orange flavor was a challenge.
Why This Recipe Works
Orange Drop Doughnuts are orange-flavored round doughnuts leavened with baking powder. To make them, we first worked out the perfect ratio of baking powder to flour. The resulting batter was light, but not the least bit bitter—a problem with many chemically leavened baked goods. We used orange juice as the liquid component. Most traditional recipes also called for milk, but this simply diluted the orange flavor. Orange zest added a secondary burst of bright flavor. We coated the fried doughnuts in sugar ground with orange zest. The zest virtually dissolved into the sugar and lent it a good deal of flavor.