Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Homemade Donut







Really quick and easy donuts made from ingredients you probably already have. So easy, quick and the kids helped too. Use any topping you want. My favorite is powdered sugar/cinnamon mixture. I loved these, they were light and fluffy and reminded me of when my mother made doughnuts when I was a child.

Ingredients 

  • Vegetable oil
  • 500 gr of all-purpose flour
  • 100 gr of sugar
  • 12 gr of baking powder
  • 15 gr of active dried yeast
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 70 gr of butter
  • 150 ml of milk
  • 80 ml of water
  • 5 ml of vanilla extract 
 For rolling
  • 100 gr of granulated sugar
  • 20 gr of ground cinnamon
Preparation:

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, yeast, salt, and mix.

Using a pastry cutter cut butter into your flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. In a measuring jug, heat together milk, water, and heat until lukewarm. Stir in the vanilla.

Turn the machine on low and slowly add the milk mixture. Mix for 10 minutes to wake up the yeast.Mix until all ingredients are combined. Run a spatula under the dough to make sure everything is mixed well. Transfer dough onto a well-floured surface, and knead gently until it forms a cohesive ball. If dough is too sticky to manage, continue to work in flour until it is smooth and manageable.



Rub your mixing bowl with vegetable oil. Place the dough in the bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap tight and let the dough rise until doubled, 1 - 2 hours.

Once it has risen, turn out the fluffy dough onto a floured work surface. Roll out to 3 cm of thick. Using a round cutter, cut off your donuts circles. Dust your cutter in flour so it doesn’t stick to the dough. Cover your donuts with cling film and let them rise at room temp for 30 - 40 minutes.





Fill a medium-sized saucepan 4 cm deep with your oil over medium-high heat. You will have to monitor the heat pretty regularly and may need to increase/decrease your stove temperature to keep it consistent.

While your oil is heating, prepare your cinnamon/sugar mix by stirring together cinnamon and sugar in a small dish. Set aside.

Prepare two plates for your cooked donut by lining them generously with paper towels. Once the oil has reached medium-high heat, very carefully fry your donut, carefully transferring them to the oil with a slotted spoon.

Fry donut for approximately 4 - 5 minutes, remove carefully with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel laden plate. Allow them to sit for about 30 seconds and then use another spoon to transfer them to your cinnamon/sugar dish, roll them in the topping until fully covered, and then transfer to your other paper towel lined plate.

Repeat until all donut holes are cooked and have been rolled in cinnamon sugar.These donuts are best enjoyed warm/hot and do not carry over well to the next day.



Have leftovers for the next day? Pop them in the oven and refresh them for a few minutes. The cinnamon and sugar might melt but they will be warm and fresh again.

Notes: If you want a healthier version of preparation, you can prepare them in the oven with less oil: Heat the oven to 180°C. Unwrap the donuts. Brush the very top with melted butter. Sprinkle the tray with 2 tbsp of water. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes. Rotate tray during baking if needed to get color all over. You want to bake these just enough. If they get too much color they can dry.




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