Monday, January 25, 2010

Easy, Homemade Donuts

Making homemade donuts is not as hard as it looks. The only real equipment that you need is a deep fryer.

Recipe for Basic Cake Donuts

This is the easiest recipe for cake doughnuts that I have. I use it over and over again, varying it with different topping and icings.

* 4 1/2 c flour
* 4 tsp baking powder
* 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 2 eggs
* 1 c sugar
* 2 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
* 1 c milk
* 1 tsp vanilla

Sift together the dry ingredients.

Beat eggs with sugar until light. Add butter, mil, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix until a soft dough is formed. Do not over mix. If dough is too soft to roll, chill it for an hour.

Roll dough out 3/8 inch thick on a floured surface and cut with donut cutters. Fry in 370 degree oil until golden on both sides, turning once.

Remove from oil, hold over hot oil for a few minutes to drain, and then finish draining on absorbent paper. While still warm shake in sugar, sugar- cinnamon mixture, dip in glaze of choice, or dust with powdered sugar. 3 dozen

Well, This is One Way to Do It...

Tips for Perfect Donuts

There are a few tricks and tips that will help you achieve the perfect donut:

* Make sure the oil is hot, 370 Degrees works best for me.
* Don't overload the fryer. Fry only three or four at a time.
* Flip the donuts as the rise to the top and are light golden on the underside, do not over-fry.
* Use the softest dough possible. Refrigerate to keep it workable.
* Use clean oil
* Let finished donuts drain into the fryer for a few minutes before removing them to drain on absorbent paper
* Use the donut cutter in a straight down motion, without twisting.