This was my first time trying to make doughnuts . I’ve made italian doughnuts before , but i never made american doughnuts . So this afternoon , after gone almost all day , i thought .. i still wanted to do something , i didn’t want to relax and sit down , like my husband and my son wanted to do .Instead i came up with an idea .. i want to try making doughnuts . How hard can it be anyway , right ?? I’ve made breads from scratch before , and yeast doughnuts .. shouldn’t be too much difference ..
So , there i was , mixing the batter and stuff .. i’ve got everything on hand , there was nothing in particular that i needed , it was a quick process making the dough . As always with any bread stuff , waiting period is the longest time . Then i thought .. what am i going to cut these doughnuts with ? i didn’t have any biscuit cutter .. i didn’t have doughnuts cutter , eventually i picked a cup , and i floured the edges and using it to cut the doughnuts , and for the hole in the middle i just had to cut it manually with knife . Not so perfect but .. at the end , i was happy with the result ! And my son was happy with it too … if you couldn’t tell from his look !! 😀
You need :
2 Tbsp. of warm water ( about 110 f ) and then sprinkle 2 1/4 tsp. of active dry yeast , let it sit til it gets foamy for about 5 minutes . While you prepare :
In a large bowl , add all these ingredients :
1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp. of salt
2 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. of shortening , melted , cooled
3/4 cup of lukewarm milk
2 cups of all purpose flour
Mix all these together with the yeast mixture . Then add 1/2 cup more all purpose flour , and you might need more if the dough is too sticky , it needs to be elastic by the time you’re done kneading it for 8 minutes . So it depends on your humidity in your area .. you could need more or less than 2 1/2 cups . I used almost 3 cups of flour . Once you are done kneading , place in a buttered bowl , and cover with plastic wrap in a warm area until it doubles . About 1 hour Then roll the dough out in about 1/2 inch thickness , and using a doughnut cutter , cut the dough . Place in a cookie sheet and cover with plastic wrap , let it sit again in a warm place to double in size for about 1 more hour .
Then heat up oil in a small pot , and fry the doughnuts until golden brown . Becareful because it gets brown really quick . Set aside once it’s done .
Make the glaze :
1/2 stick of unsalted butter
4 oz of semi sweet chocolate chip
1/8 cup of milk
1 tbsp. corn syrup ( optional )
1 tsp. vanilla
Heat milk , butter , vanilla and corn syrup in a small pot . Then turn the heat low , add in the chocolate chips , whisk , keep whisking until melted . Add 1 cup of powdered sugar , and keep whisking . Turn the heat off , and use the glaze immediately on the doughnuts . Dip in , and place on a parchment paper , and decorate , or just serve plain .
For Maple Glazed doughnuts :
2 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. of maple extract
1/2 cup of milk or less
Mix all ingredients together with whisk .
For Vanilla glazed doughnuts :
1 cup of powdered sugar
1/3 cup of milk
1 tsp. of vanilla extract