Donuts / Doughnuts

TYPE : American
Sweet Bread
YIELD : 18 donuts
CALORIES : 300 kcal
PREP TIME : 30 mins
COOK TIME : 30 mins
TOTAL TIME : 4 hrs

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1/2 stick (50 g) butter
  • 1 cup (2.5 dl) lukewarm milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 – 4 cups (8 – 10 dl) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (1 dl) sugar
  • 1 tsp instant yeast, or 15 g fresh yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

  • oil for frying (I prefer peanut oil)

    Sugar Coating

    • 1/2 cup (1 dl) sugar
    • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

    Glaze (Krispy Kreme Style)

    • 2 cups (5 dl) powdered sugar
    • 3 tbsp water
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

    Crumbs (My Personal Favorite)

    • 1/2 cup (1 dl) all-purpose flour
    • 3 tbsp brown sugar
    • 2 tbsp butter
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • pinch of salt

    Plain or Flavored Icing

    • 1 cup (2.5 dl) powdered sugar
    • 2 tbsp water, fruit juice or purée
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or other flavoring (optional)
    • gel food coloring (optional)

    Chocolate Icing

    • 1 cup (2.5 dl) powdered sugar
    • 3 tbsp melted butter
    • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (I prefer Dutch processed)
    • 1 tsp strong coffee
    • water as needed

    Caramel

    • 1/2 cup (1 dl) brown sugar
    • 4 tbsp heavy cream
    • 3 tbsp butter
    • 1/2 tsp salt or vanilla extract

    INSTRUCTIONS :

    • In a saucepan, melt the butter then add milk and heat until lukewarm. If you use fresh yeast, dissolve it in the liquid. Add the egg.
    • Mix the dry ingredients, reserving 1 cup (2.5 dl) of flour for kneading.
    • Knead for at least 10 minutes. Add flour as needed. The dough should feel tacky but not stick to your hands when touched.
    • Place in a greased bowl, cover with plastic and leave to rise until double the size (about 2 hours).
    • Using a rolling pin, flatten to ½ inch (1 cm) and cut 3.5 inch (9 cm) rings with 1.25 inch (3 cm) holes. Cover and prove for 1 hour.
    • Meanwhile, prepare sugar, glaze and/or crumbs then heat the oil to 350°F/175°C.
    • Fry the doughnuts a few at a time until golden brown, about 1 minute on each side. If coating in sugar or glaze, dip them immediately before placing on a cooling rack.
    • When cool, drizzle or dip in glaze, icing or caramel and top with nuts and sprinkles. If adding crumbs, cover with glaze then dip in the mixture while the glaze is still sticky.

    Sugar Coating

    • Mix sugar with cinnamon (if used) in a bowl large enough to fit a doughnut.

    Glaze

    • Mix ingredients immediately before using, in a bowl large enough to fit a doughnut.

    Crumbs

    • In a saucepan, mix all ingredients and cook for about 5 minutes, then allow to cool. Break apart any large pieces for a fine, crumbly mixture.

    Plain or Flavored Icing

    • Mix ingredients immediately before using, in a bowl large enough to fit a doughnut.

    Chocolate Icing

    • Mix ingredients immediately before using, in a bowl large enough to fit a doughnut.

    Caramel

    • In a saucepan, mix all ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 – 2 minutes then allow to cool.

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