After I got the idea of fried cereal donut holes in my head, I knew it wouldn't leave until I actually made the things.
You know, like when a song gets stuck in your head and you have to listen to it to get rid of it? The problem here was I couldn’t just press play on my stereo and be satisfied. I not only had to make cereal donut holes, I had to FIGURE OUT HOW to make them!
What did I need to do to hold cereal together in a spherical shape that wouldn't fall apart in a fryer?
After doing a bunch of research, I finally took inspiration from a doughnut. I coarsely ground up some cereal and used it in place of flour in a doughnut recipe and the Cereal Donut Holes came out perfect! Crisp on the outside with tons of cereal flavor packed in the middle.
The best thing: after we had them for dessert that night, I ate the rest in the morning with my coffee.
The first step is to crush up some cereal. You don't want to fully turn it into powder, just chunks about 1/8th the original size.
To do this I pulsed it in the food processor about 20 times.
Each batch of this makes 10 balls. I made 3 batches with 3 different cereals for a total of 30 balls.
Once you have the cereal in one bowl with a little flour and baking powder, and the egg, milk and melted butter in the other, mix them together.
Quickly fry these after you mix the wet ingredients in. Otherwise they will get soggy.
Fry them about 5 minutes at 350F. Make sure to roll them around in the oil so they fry evenly.
Let them cool on a rack.
Then just glaze and top with more cereal. Tasty!
As I mentioned, I made thirty of these, and my roommates and I didn't have a problem finishing them off by the next morning.
Since they were inspired by doughnuts, they actually tasted great in the morning with coffee!
More Cereal Killer RecipesDan Whalen has been blogging for over 4 years at The Food in My Beard; check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!