Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Glazed Doughnuts

Doughnuts donuts doughnuts donuts doughnuts donuts. The debate rages on. But no matter what you call them, these Krispy Kreme-inspired treats are the best I've made.


And owning a deep fryer made them the easiest batch I've ever made, too! My apartment only kind of smelled like a Tim Hortons, and they were done and fried within minutes with minimal clean up.


An easy-to-make doughnut? I'm as scared as you are. But there's no reason to fear these-- they're fried and fabulous.


I adapted this recipe from my old one for glazed and sugar-coated donuts. The updated recipe should be easier to follow, but still includes measurements by weight, which I definitely find the most accurate and simplest way to bake. If you don't have one already, please pick up a scale! It's one of the best kitchen investments you can make. Trust.



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Glazed Doughnut Recipe

3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp boiling water
2 tsp dried active yeast
8 oz plain flour (about 2 cups)
1 1/2 oz sugar (about 3 tablespoons)
1 egg, beaten

1 oz butter
1/2 tsp salt

Enough oil to cover the bottom few inches of a wok, or a deep fryer.


Directions:
In a large measuring jug, combine the milk and boiling water. Add a teaspoon of the sugar and the yeast. Stir it gently, then leave it in a warm place for the yeast to activate

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, the rest of the sugar, and salt. Cut in the butter using your fingers or a pastry blender, until it resembles crumbs.

Add the beaten egg and yeast mixture to the flour mix, and blend into a smooth dough.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly-floured counter and knead for about 10 minutes—it should feel springy and little bubbles should form under the surface. Place it back in the bowl, cover with a cloth or plastic wrap, and let rise for about an hour until double in size.

Once risen, place the dough onto the counter and stretch into a long rectangle (about 14 in by 4 inches). Cut strips about an inch wide, and shape them into circles (much like you would a bagel).

Cover the doughnuts with a cloth while you heat the oil to 375F.

Place the doughnuts into the oil and fry until golden brown on each side, about 2 minutes.  Be sure to fry only a few at a time so they don’t overcrowd and stick together.

Drain on a paper towel or wire rack over a cloth, before glazing them. Be sure to glaze them warm, or else they won’t get that delicious coverage!


Glaze:

Ingredients:
1/3 cup butter
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
4 tablespoons hot water (more added a tsp at a time as needed)
a dash of nutmeg


Directions:
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until smooth.

Take the warm donuts and dip them one at a time into the glaze. Place on a wire rack with parchment underneath.

You’re done!!




7 comments:

  1. Looks delish. Will definitely give it a shot! Thank you!

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  2. I can't wait to try this recipe! Can you clarify the flour measurement? The recipe calls for 8 oz (2 cups) but my pyrex measuring cup says that 8 oz is equal to 1 cup instead of 2. So should I use 16 oz of flour? Thanks for the clarification and for sharing all these great recipes!!
    Sue (onthemove@hotmail.com)

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  3. 8 oz on a measuring cup is by volume whereas the recipe's 8 oz is by weight...which comes out to about 2 cups' volume

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  4. Do you have an estimate of how many donuts this recipe makes? Obviously it depends on how you size them, but an average/ range?
    thanks!

    runningscissor@gmail.com

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  5. Oh no, this could be very bad. Think I'm gonna try these out tonight! Love your site and recipes :)

    Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes}

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  6. I did it! First time using yeast and first time trying to fry at a certain temperature without a thermometer. Once I turned down the oil temperature, they emerged as beautiful little balls of heaven! Thank you!!!

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  7. sinful, extremely. I am not sure if I am glad to have found you on Pinterest or not. tee hee hee. omg your amazing. I have never made donuts, ever, but you make it sound so easy and fun, so I may just have to give it a try.
    You have a new follower indeed.
    Sue
    Victoria, BC Canada. :)

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