How to Make doughnuts

Doughnuts come in all shapes and sizes. They are the perfect way to treat yourself on a lazy weekend, or to indulge in a baking adventure. Store-bought doughnuts are great, but homemade ones are even better. Enjoy!

Prep time (Fried Glazed): 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Ingredients
Ingredients for Fried Glazed Doughnuts
2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
¼ cup warm water (105-115°F or 40-45℃)
1½ cups lukewarm milk
½ cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
⅓ cup shortening
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 quart (1 liter) vegetable oil for frying

For glaze:

⅓ cup butter
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1½ teaspoons vanilla
4 tablespoons hot water or as needed
Ingredients for Baked Glazed Doughnuts
2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
¾ cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon shortening (or 2 tablespoons melted butter)

For glaze:

1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 tablespoons hot water
½ teaspoon almond extract
Ingredients for Canadian Fried Dough
½ cup warm water (110° F or 45° C)
5 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 pinch white sugar
1 cup warm milk (110° F or 45° C)
⅓ cup white sugar
1½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 beaten eggs
⅓ cup vegetable oil
5 cups whole-wheat flour, divided
1 quart vegetable oil for frying

For dusting:

2 cups white sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste

Fried Glazed Doughnuts

Mix the yeast and the warm water together in a small ramekin. The yeast needs warm water to activate; it will help the doughnut dough rise and stay fluffy. Let activate for 5 minutes.

Mix yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 cups of the flour in a mixer on a low speed.

Alternatively, you can use a wooden spoon and mix by hand, but be sure to mix the dry ingredients first, then the wet ingredients separately, and then combine the two.

Beat in remaining flour, ½ cup at a time, at a low speed.

Do this until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl.

Knead the dough with your hands and knuckles for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth but elastic.

Set the dough into a greased bowl to rise.

Cover with a towel and let stand until dough doubles in volume (about 1 hour). Dough will be ready when you can press a finger into it and the indentation stays.

On a floured surface, roll the dough out until it’s about 0.5 inch (1.3 cm) thick.

Cut with a floured doughnut cutter, or cut into doughnut shapes by hand.

Let the doughnuts rise again until double their size (about 30-60 minutes).

Lay them out on a tray and cover them with a large, clean towel.

Prepare the glaze while doughnuts are rising.

This is a classic butter glaze, not unlike the Krispy Kreme glaze that is popular in America.

To make the glaze:

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Be careful not to burn the butter.
  • Take the butter off the iron and stir in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  • Stir in hot water one tablespoon at a time until the icing is thin, but not watery.

Heat the oil in a deep fryer or skillet until oil reaches a temperature of 350℉ (175℃).

Use a kitchen thermometer for maximum precision.
To avoid a greasy taste, heat the oil up on medium high for five minutes, and then gently reduce the heat until thermometer reads 350℉ (175℃).

Slide the donuts into the oil carefully, with metal tongs or a spatula.

Turn the doughnuts over when they float up to the surface. Fry evenly on both sides until golden brown.

Remove doughnuts from oil and let drain on a wire rack.

Make sure any excess oil drips off the doughnut before you glaze it.

While doughnuts are still warm, dip doughnuts into the glaze, coating evenly.

Set to dry on a wire rack and enjoy immediately

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