I’ve always been a krispy kreme kinda gal, but nothing beats home made doughnuts. If you haven’t tried making your own doughnuts you’re missing out! These doughnuts are soft, fluffy and smell so good. They aren’t the usual home-made doughnuts made with cake flour and baking soda. They are yeast based, and I made them in 2 different ways – cinnamon sugar and vanilla glaze! (Although there are a million other ways to do it)
This recipe is extremely easy and fun to whip up (you’ll know what I mean if you actually go on ahead to do it), And I literally found myself eating them scorching hot straight out of the oil – because I have no patience and the smell of fresh doughnuts is a major weakness of mine. That and cinnamon rolls (the list is endless though).
(Scroll to the bottom of the post for the actual recipe that I used to make these doughnuts)
For the doughnuts
1/2 cup milk
30g of unsalted butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1/2 tsp salt
30g granulated sugar
1 large egg, beaten
Oil, for frying
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2 tsp vanilla extract
2-4 tbsp milk
For the doughnuts:
1. Warm the milk and butter together, in either a small pot on a low flame or a microwave. Make sure the milk isn’t boiling, just warmed through with the butter all melted up. or down..?
2. In a bowl or mixer, combine the flour, sugar, yeast and salt together. And then pour in the warm milk+butter mixture and mix everything up until it forms a sticky but not so sticky dough.
Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover it up with plastic cling film. Leave the bowl in a warm spot for at least an hour for the dough to rise, aka let the magic happen.
3. After the dough has risen to about half its original size, place it on a floured surface and punch it down to release all them gases. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, and then roll the dough out until it is 1/2 an inch thick.
Using a doughnut cutter, or whatever else you’ve got on hand – cut them doughnuts out and place them on a baking tray (don’t forget the doughnut holes!). Cover it up with cling film and place it in a warm place to rise, again. (30 mins this time!)
4. Now all you’ve got left to do is fry them up! Wait until the oil is hot enough though. Golden brown is what you’re looking for. And place them on paper towels to drain out all that oil.
For the Cinnamon Sugar
1. Combine the sugar and cinnamon together.
2. Dip the hot doughnuts into the sugar flipping it over to make sure it is coated in sugary goodness!
For the Vanilla Glaze
1. Mix together the powdered sugar, vanilla extract and 2 tbsp of milk. Whisk it all together until it forms a paste, you could always add more milk to get the right consistency.
2. Dip the tops of the doughnuts into the glaze and let it sit to set. Always add the sprinkles while its still wet though.
My favourite doughnut is the one covered by the cinnamon sugar! It would pair up real great with a cinnamon latte don’t you think? (click here for a recipe on that!)
Whats your favourite doughnut?