How to make it

  • -Mix yeast and milk together and let it sit about 5 to 10 minutes until the yeast begins to bubble.
  • -Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the salt.
  • -Mix in the flour alternating with the yeast mixture, so you are beginning and ending with the flour (1/3 flour, 1/2 yeast mixture, 1/3 flour, 1/2 yeast mixture, remaining 1/3 flour). You may need a little more flour if the dough seems too soft for you to knead.
  • -Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (you may use your mixer with a dough hook attachment if you prefer, but I figure hand kneading is relaxing, and you'll burn calories while doing it thus justifying the need for a doughnut).
  • -Let rise, covered, in a bowl lightly sprayed with pan spray until doubled in bulk.
  • -On a floured surface, roll out about 1/2" thick, cut into rounds or squares, or whatever shape you like, I did the traditional round with the hole in the center for the glazed doughnuts, and just a plain round for the jelly filled (I didn't have a cutter specifically for doughnuts, so I used a drinking glass and a cannolli mold to cut out the centers).
  • -Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let double in bulk again.
  • -Heat your oil to 375f in a heavy bottomed saucepan deep enough for the doughnuts to be able to rise to the top and float (you also don't want the oil up to the rim of the pan, you only want your pan filled halfway at most for safety).
  • -Carefully add the doughnuts to the oil. Brown on one side and turn the doughnuts
  • over to brown the other side (the best way to turn these is with two chopsticks, but tongs will work. Make sure when you turn your doughnuts over that you turn away from you so any oil that might be cheeky and splash, splashes away from you). Depending on the size of your pan you can do up to 3 doughnuts at a time. Drain the doughnuts on some paper towel. Glaze while still warm. If you fry up the holes (and why wouldn't you fry up the holes?), put some sugar (powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, coconut, etc...) into a brown paper bag and when the holes come out of the oil, put them in the bag with the sugar and shake it up to coat them. You can also fill your doughnuts with a pastry bag fitted with a small plain tip and filled with jelly or your favorite custard filling (lemon curd is quite good in these, yum).
  • The Glaze:
  • -Place the butter, milk, corn syrup and vanilla extract in a saucepan and heat over medium until the butter melts.
  • -Turn the heat to low, add the chocolate and whisk until smooth.
  • -With the pan off the heat, whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth. Set glaze over a bowl of warm water to keep it fluid and dip doughnuts immediately.
  • -Allow the glaze to set up for about half hour (yeah, right....just try to resist the goodness) and eat!

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    " It was excellent "
    emie73 ate it and said...
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    love homade doughnuts thanks high6
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  • tnacndn 15 years ago
    I swear these pics just made me gain 5 pounds, these look scrumptous!!!
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  • krumkake 15 years ago
    When I was a little girl, I used to go to my great-grandmother's house on Saturday mornings and sit on her lap as I inhaled her freshly fried donuts...your picture takes my memory back, and I swear I can SMELL the doughtnuts!! Thanks for a great recipe and pictures.
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