Saturday, 1 July 2017

Homemade Donuts from Scratch | Recipe


INGREDIENTS
295g bread flour,
3 tbsp sugar,
3 tbsp unsalted butter,
1 and 1/2 tsp of dried, active yeast,
120ml of warm milk,
1 egg,
1/4 tsp of salt

METHOD
1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt and dried yeast together in a large mixing bowl to aerate.
2. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the egg, butter and milk.
3. Knead for 3-5 minutes using a stand mixer, or 6-7 minutes by hand.
4. Grease a large bowl, roll the dough into a ball, and cover it with a plastic wrap (directly touching the dough).
5. Let rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 and a half to 2 hours. I like using the microwave (switched OFF)- I place the dough inside along with a cup of hot water to rise.
6. Once risen, place dough onto a well-floured work surface.
7. Roll dough using a rolling pin to around a half-inch thickness.
8. Cut 2 and a half inch circles using a circular cookie cutter. Within each circle, cut a smaller hole in the centre using (e.g the wide end of a piping tip).
9. Place the donuts and the corresponding donut holes onto a lined baking sheet, Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise for 45 minutes.
10. Once risen, heat 2 inches of oil in a large pot to 190C. To test to know if the oil is hot enough, pinch a piece of dough and drop into the oil- if it sizzles and floats, it is ready.
11. Place donut into the oil and cook for about 45-60 seconds on each side. Make sure to not overcrowd the pot (i.e only cook a maximum of 2 dounts at any one time) as this may drop the temperature of the oil, resulting in uneven cooking.
12. Let the donuts drain on some paper towels and let cool.

TOPPINGS
Cinnamon Sugar;
1/2 cup of sugar + 2 tbsp of cinnamon = mix together until no clumps of cinnamon remain

// Nutella
// Powdered Sugar Glaze;
1/2 cup of powdered sugar + 1 and a half tbsp of water = mix together until a smooth glaze/icing is formed

Decorate the donuts however you want with the toppings described above. For the cinnamon sugar, it is best to do this whilst the donuts are still warm so that the sugar sticks well. Enjoy!

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