Soft, pillowy and sweet, glazed or filled, the bite-sized delights named doughnuts are addictive and totally binge-worthy. A cup of coffee and a doughnut(or three) is all I need to tackle the most fearsome of days.
I have had my favourite doughnut shops which I’ve been patronising over and its probably because of them that I never thought of making them at home. The very thought of preparing doughnuts appeared to be taxing and cumbersome and hence, it never made it to my kitchen, until I finally decided to take on the challenge of making them myself than eating out.
I feared if the effort would reap benefits or would go in vain. Happy to report, the outcome was so good, that I’d happily make these fried beauties over and over again!
Now whether you spell it as doughnut or donut, the recipe is simple to follow and will produce perfectly golden brown and fluffy delights every time!
2.5 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons instant yeast
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt(Not required if using salted butter)
1 cup milk(lukewarm)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence
3 large egg yolks
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Vegetable oil, for frying
Serves: 2-3 (1, in my case)
Regular doughnuts resting
Ring Doughnuts ready to be fried
Perfectly golden brown doughnut
Preparation time: 30 mins
Inactive: 12 hours/1.5-2 hours
Cooking time: 20 mins
1. In the bowl, stir together the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt.
2. Add the warm milk, vanilla, and egg yolks and mix.
3. Then add the butter and knead the dough until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Work on the mix for 8-10 minutes, till it all comes together and forms a firm dough.
4. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and put aside to rise in a warm place for 1.5-2 hours. Alternatively, if you’re preparing the dough in the evening, then you may leave it in the refrigerator for 12 hours.
5. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut with a floured doughnut cutter or a cookie cutter. If unavailable, use a small bowl to cut the doughnuts and use a bottle lid to cut the rings.
6. Place the doughnuts at least 1 inch apart and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Set them aside in a warm place to rise till they nearly double in size, for around 30-45 minutes.
7. Deep fry the doughnuts in hot oil, frying 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Do not overcrowd while frying as the temperature will fall and the doughnuts will soak up excess oil.
8. Drain excess oil by placing the fried doughnuts on a kitchen paper.
9. Lightly dust with powdered sugar or prepare a quick glaze or serve hot with melted chocolate!