Friday, December 19, 2008

Okay here it is! Doughnuts...

1 pkg. yeast
1/4 tsp Sugar
1/2 Cup warm water
Sprinkle Yeast and sugar over warm water, sit

5 Cups Flour
1/2 Cup Sugar (I like to have more sugar 1 Cup)
1 Tblsp spoon Salt
Sift these together in a large bowl.

2 Cups Milk
1/2 Cup butter
In microwave safe bowl (I use my Pyrex measuring cup)
warm milk to melt butter
coll slightly and beat in eggs.
3 eggs

Add milk a little bit at a time to flour. Add the dissolved Yeast. Knead (I use my Kitchen Aid with the dough hook) until smooth. Add remaining liquid knead until smooth. Add additional flour until it pulls away into a ball. On the counter knead in any additional flour to make it soft and elastic. Fold it over several times to allow air to enter dough.

Place dough in an oiled bowl to rise for 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours.
Let double in volume Punch down and let rise again
divide dough in half to roll out (it is more manageable this way, you can save the other half in the fridge until tomorrow too)
roll out with a rolling pin to 1/2 inch thickness on a floured surface
cut out doughnuts with circle cutter.
I place them on a sheet of wax paper to rest-rise for 10-15 minutes
You will have around 4 dozen

Pour enough oil into a heavy sauce pan to reach about 2 inches
I heat mine over Med-heat until a test piece when dropped in has little oil bubbles racing around it when it goes in and it floats back up quickly. If it just sits on the bottom with no bubbles it is too cool still.
Cook until light golden brown turn over once. They puff up and start smelling sooo good!
I drain on paper towels.
Then I either dip them into a powder sugar glaze (sugar with milk to thin into a glaze)
or drop them straight into sugar. The chocolate glaze has powder sugar, cocoa powder, 2 Tblsp softened butter and a little milk.
Good Luck! I want to see how your yummy doughnuts turn out!

1 comment:

Andrea said...

Thanks for sharing!!! Maybe we'll have to make this a Christmas tradition!

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