Deep Fried Spaceballs

deep fried spaceballs aka doughnut holes

They’re really just doughnut holes covered in tang icing and dipped in astronaut ice cream, but I think that warrants a weird name. I used this doughnut recipe. I probably got 50+ holes out of it. And all of the pictures were taken by my wife Rachel.



1 cup whole milk
1/4 oz. envelope active dry yeast
1lb flour (about 4 cups) white bread flour (not all-purpose)
3 ounces butter, room temperature
1 & 1/2 oz. sugar
2 tsp salt
2 large eggs

peanut oil for frying (or another oil for high temp frying)


Warm milk over low heat to around 100 degrees
Mix the yeast and the flour in the mixer bowl
Mix the butter into the flour with your hands
Mix the sugar and salt in with your hands
Use the dough hook and turn the mixer onto the lowest speed.
Add the eggs and milk
Mix for 2 minutes
Mix at medium speed for 5 minutes until the dough becomes smooth and elastic
Gently remove the dough from the bowl with the help of a plastic bowl scraper onto a lightly floured surface
Form into a ball
Place into a lightly floured bowl and cover with a lint-free towel and set in draft-free spot to rise for 1 hour
Gently remove the dough from the bowl with the help of a plastic bowl scraper onto a lightly floured surface
Cut into two equal portions with your scraper
Gently roll out to about 1/2 inch thick, turning and using flour only as needed
Cut out the doughnut holes
Set on a lightly oiled and floured baking pan with sufficient space between each
Cover with a lint-free towel and set in draft-free spot to double in size or for 45 minutes
Heat the peanut oil in a high-sided, 8″ diameter pan to 350-375 degrees
Using a slotted spoon gently add about 5 doughnuts to the oil. Allow them to fry on one side until golden, about 45 seconds
Flip and repeat on the other side
Remove doughnuts onto a sheet pan covered in paper towels to drain
Continue in the same fashion with remaining doughnut holes
Let doughnut holes cool a bit
Dip in icing
Let icing set for a while then dip in the topping

The initial steps with the yeast is a little weird, I’ve never really seen it done that way, but the doughnuts puffed up like they were supposed to, so I can’t really complain.

Tang Icing


2 cups confectioners sugar (aka powdered)
2 tbsp water or milk
2 tbsp Tang


Mix the sugar and water until all of the sugar has dissolved
Add the tang
You can add more or less tang depending on desired taste and color

11 Responses

  1. your photos always looks so good!
    What is astronauts ice cream?

    This looks yummy :D

  2. It’s also known as freeze-dried ice cream. It’s really tasty stuff though, it’s light and melts in your mouth.

  3. I just got out of a long, horrible meeting, and this is the first thing I saw when I got back to my desk. So…yay! What a great and fun idea. I have a really strange love for astronaut ice cream. And I love the tang icing! Well done, sir!

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  4. Thanks Jessie! Astronaut ice cream is one of those rare things that actually tastes good in freeze dried form, so I understand the love for it.

  5. Altough I can’t see the picture I can imagine how mouthwatering it can be!

  6. Wow… I can see the pictures today. They look soooo charming! And are those lil blond cuties your kids? Lovely :)

  7. Banu, glad you were able to see the pics. The kids aren’t mine, I just borrow them from my brother for photo ops.

  8. lol

    Great :)))

  9. Oh, so brilliant. You had me at TANG.

  10. Thanks Julia! Nice to see you dropping in. Aren’t your nieces and nephew great? Photogenic little hams.

  11. Tang icing! How clever :)