Homemade donuts can be a bit intimidating. Use these tricks and easy recipe to make your own that rival any bakery!
3 Tips for Homemade Donuts
Homemade Donuts Recipe (Raised/Yeast Variety)
2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry
1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115
1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
1/3 cup butter
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
4 tablespoons hot water or as
|Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water, and let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.|
|In a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix for a few minutes at low speed, or stirring with a wooden spoon. Beat in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough into a greased bowl, and cover. Set in a warm place to rise until double. Dough is ready if you touch it, and the indention remains.If you are using your bread maker, refer to my tip about not letting it rise the full cycle if you see the dough expanding too much over the top of your pan.|
|Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter. Let doughnuts sit out to rise again until double.|
|Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in hot water one tablespoon at a time until the icing is somewhat thin, but not watery. Set aside.|
|Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Slide doughnuts into the hot oil using a wide spatula. Turn doughnuts over as they rise to the surface. Fry doughnuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from hot oil, to drain on a wire.*** |
For an easy chocolate glaze, I take a container of store bought chocolate frosting and put some in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 15 seconds at a time until it is smooth and thin. Dip doughnuts into frosting, turn over, and place on cooling rack. Perfect, smooth, and glazed.
Use the same technique for the vanilla glaze (turn over and place on cooling rack).
They are best served warm. To reheat, microwave for 6-8 seconds. Good as new!