Saturday, February 7, 2009

Donuts

Connie got a cute book for the kids, Arnie the Doughnut, and after reading that, I really wanted to eat a donut (go figure), so instead of heading over to the store, I thought I would try making my own. I've never made donuts before, so I started with a google search and found this recipe. They tasted very good, but I realized a few things like I was making them that I will do better next time around (especially making sure the oil is a little bit hotter before cooking so they all turn out nice and golden, not just the last few...). Enjoy!
Secret Donut Recipe
(makes about one dozen donuts)

Before you get started, microwave a potato until it's nice and soft, then scoop out a half a cup to be added to the recipe and set aside.

Microwave 1 cup of milk so that it is warm (not hot) add the 5 teaspoons of yeast (2 packets) and a pinch of sugar and stir. Let stand for about 5 minutes.In a bowl combine:
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of warm mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
In the bowl add:
  • The milk mixture
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
Mix the dough well by hand or in a mixer with a dough hook for 3 minutes.

Prepare your kneading surface by spreading a few tablespoons of flour on a smooth surface.

Put the dough in the middle of the flour and sprinkle a little flour on top and on your hands. Knead the dough a few times. Once the dough has been kneaded, spread it out to be a half inch thick with your hands or with a rolling pin.

Now it is time to cut out the donuts. You can use a donut cutter or just use something about the same size and then find something to make the hole with.

Place the donuts on a floured pan to let rise as you get the oil ready. Let them rise for a total of ten minutes (it takes about five minutes for the oil to heat up).

Pour about a half inch of oil (vegetable oil) into a cast iron pan. An electric fry pan works great also.

The oil needs to be about 360 degrees which on my stove is about Medium to Medium High. If the oil starts to smoke it is way too hot.

Test the oil with some of the scraps of dough and when it is ready cook the donuts until golden brown on each side.

Allow the donuts to cool on a rack or on some paper towels so that the oil soaks off.

While they are cooling, you can prepare the glaze. Put a slightly warm donut face down in the glaze, turn slightly and remove, then allow to dry for a couple minutes.

Vanilla Glaze:

Heat 2 Tablespoons milk in the microwave until warm, then add:
1 cup of powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
If you a really thin glaze, just add a little more milk.

Chocolate Glaze:
Heat 3 Tablespoons of milk in the microwave until warm, then add:
1 cup of powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons of Hershey Cocoa

1 comment:

  1. Nice donut recipe! I've made it a lot of times and it always turned out perfect! I also have my own donut recipe which you can find on my site http://bestdonutrecipe.com

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