Young entrepreneur from Layton perfects the raised, glazed doughnut

Oct 8 2012 - 5:14pm

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Cameron Greenwalt, 13, teaches a class about making raised doughnuts at the Davis County Courthouse in Farmington recently.
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AThe raised dough is ready to be put in the hot oil.
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Greenwalt uses wooden skewers to turn a doughtnut in the hot oil.
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Once the doughnuts are cooked and cooled, Greenwalt dips them in glaze.
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With the final touch of some glaze, Cameron Greenwalt’s doughnuts are ready to be served or sold.
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ABOVE: Cameron Greenwalt, 13, teaches a class about making raised doughnuts at the Davis County Courthouse in Farmington recently.
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ABOVE: Cameron Greenwalt, 13, teaches a class about making raised doughnuts at the Davis County Courthouse in Farmington recently.
KERA WILLIAMS/Standard-Examiner
Cameron Greenwalt, 13, teaches a class about making raised doughnuts at the Davis County Courthouse in Farmington recently.
KERA WILLIAMS/Standard-Examiner
AThe raised dough is ready to be put in the hot oil.
KERA WILLIAMS/Standard-Examiner
Greenwalt uses wooden skewers to turn a doughtnut in the hot oil.
KERA WILLIAMS/Standard-Examiner
Once the doughnuts are cooked and cooled, Greenwalt dips them in glaze.
KERA WILLIAMS/Standard-Examiner
With the final touch of some glaze, Cameron Greenwalt’s doughnuts are ready to be served or sold.
KERA WILLIAMS/Standard-Examiner
ABOVE: Cameron Greenwalt, 13, teaches a class about making raised doughnuts at the Davis County Courthouse in Farmington recently.
KERA WILLIAMS/Standard-Examiner
ABOVE: Cameron Greenwalt, 13, teaches a class about making raised doughnuts at the Davis County Courthouse in Farmington recently.

Lestelle Greenwalt, of Layton, was surprised when her 5-year-old son Cameron insisted he could make doughnuts. She had attempted to make them only once before and described the experience as a "complete failure."

But, after seeing a doughnut demonstration on a cooking show, Cameron was sure he would be a pro. "He kept asking me until we found a recipe, and that little, tiny kid was able to make them by himself after the first few tries," Greenwalt said.

Cameron Greenwalt, now 13 and an eighth-grader at Central Davis Junior High School, is teaching doughnut-making classes to adults.

At a workshop in Farmington hosted by the Utah State University Extension Service this summer, he shared his tips and commented on the process, saying, "I like mixing the dough. It feels good in my hands."

In spite of his natural baking ability, Cameron said math and science are his favorite subjects, and he plans to pursue a career in engineering.

His mathematical and scientific abilities have helped Cameron perfect his doughnut recipe. Understanding that dry ingredients, particularly flour, expand and contract based on the amount of moisture in the air, he decided to buy a kitchen scale and convert his recipe to weight measurements.

"This is the best way to do bread and everything," he said of his method. He finds that weighing the ingredients ensures perfect doughnuts every time.

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