About This Recipe:
- one base donut recipe; perfect for customizing flavours!
- recipe for honey cruller batter as well ! (pictures above on far left)
- simple ingredients; yeast, flour, butter etc.
- quick and fun to make!
- oil fried or oven baked options
- yields 16 donuts
whether you are oil frying or oven baking these donuts the recipe starts the same though making the dough. It is a simply dough that is similar to many other by using yeast, granulated sugar, eggs, milk, butter and vanilla. As well as, flour, baking powder, and salt. The dough is set to “rest ” or “proof” for a couple hours and then it is done.
The donuts come to life when the dough is rolled out and cookie cutter are used to make the iconic circle shape with a whole in the middle.
Once shaped the donuts are placed in hot oil at 350 Degrees on the thermometer and cooked on each side for 2-3 mins until done! after frying they get left to cool on a cooling rack before the final step.
Finally, the fun part is the flavour customization. Either chocolate dipped, glazed, sprinkled, or plain it is up to you!
Making the Donuts:
Three steps: rolling and cutting, oil frying, and cooling.
|10 mins||2 hours||2-3 mins per side|
Simply delicious Donuts
- 1 cup warm whole milk
- 1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 – 2 quarts vegetable oil
Make the dough by warming the milk in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stove so it is warm but not boiled or hot. In a large bowl (the one that will eventually be for the proofing the dough) add the granulated sugar and yeast, and pour the warm milk overtop. Cover with a towel for 5 minutes. It should look frothy on the top after 5 minutes.
next add in the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla. In another bowl quickly whisk the flour, and salt, then fold that into the mixture. Once fully mixed the dough should create. a ball that will be quite sticky. Use extra flour and start to knead the dough until elastic like and not sticky non a floured work surface. place back in the large bowl and cover to proof for ~2 hours.
after proofing, roll out the dough into a rectangle about 13 x 9 inches and cut out doughnut shapes with cookie cutters, or jars turned over, or even glass cups turned over. Place on a baking sheet and get the heavy bottom pot filled with oil. Let the doughnuts continue to proof while you wait for the oil to heat up. the oil should reach about 375 Degrees or (simmering gently but not boiling)
place one donut in the oil at a time and flip after about 1-2 mins. After each side is golden let it drip over a cooling rack.
Lastly, once all cooled, decorate, glaze, or dip the donuts to you favourite flavours!