So, my family's a little obsessed with St. Patrick's Day. I'm pretty sure it's my mother's favorite holiday based on the excessive amount of shamrock things she owns and decorates her home with, no matter what time of the year it is. But as Irish as we are (or say we are — I do have a red-haired sister) we never did the corned beef and cabbage route. No, my family was more into the green beer and shamrock-shaped treat aspects of St. Pat's.
So, what's the most Irish breakfast cereal? Lucky Charms of course. And you can't get more Irish than covering fried dough with the most sugary part of the cereal and then making it into the shape of a rainbow. Right? That's Irish, I think. There's no pot of gold at the end of these rainbows – just golden brown dough, and we think that's just as good.
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup cream
- 3-4 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp ginger
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- sorted marshmallows by color from a box of Lucky Charms
- Combine sugar, eggs, milk and cream in a large bowl, whipping to combine. Add 3 cups flour, soda, baking powder, salt and spices and stir to combine.
- On a well-floured service, turn out dough. If the dough is still sticky, add 1/4 cup of flour at a time until it can be kneaded without issue. Roll it out to 1/2 inch thick and then cut with a donut or biscuit cutter, also cutting out the hole inside (I honestly just used a large mug and a small jar to cut them into donut shapes.
- Heat a pot of vegetable oil to 360-375F. Drop your donuts into the hot oil, allowing them to brown slightly, before flipping them over. Set on a cooling rack or on a sheet of parchment paper.
- Once the donuts have cooled to the touch, combine powdered sugar and milk in a wide-rimmed bowl. Dip top half of the donuts in the glaze and set out (you can do these 2-3 at a time so the glaze doesn't harden).
- While the glaze is still wet, cut donuts in half so they are the rainbow shape. Begin pressing your marshmallows onto the donuts so they are in rainbow-color order. If your glaze hardens, use the leftover glaze as a sort of glue, adding a bit of fresh glaze to the donut before adding your marshmallows.
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