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On occasions at our house, we delve into the wonderful world of home-made doughnuts. I always thought that making doughnuts from scratch would be too difficult. Well, I can tell you right now that they are very easy to make. I don’t make them very often though as they are a special treat. But when we do, we thoroughly enjoy them!
- 2 tlbs instant dried yeast
- 1 cup warm filtered water *
- 1 cup buttermilk (I use 1 cup milk with 2 tlbs vinegar)
- 180 gms melted butter
- ½ cup sugar
- 5-6 cups plain flour
- 2 tlbs baking powder
- 2 tsps salt
- vegetable oil for frying
- icing sugar and milk for glaze
- sugar and cinnamon for cinnamon mix
- *you can substitute the filtered water for unfiltered water.
- Add the warm filtered water to a large bowl and whisk in 2 tlbs of yeast until dissolved.
- Then add buttermilk, melted butter, sugar, 2 cups of flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well with a large spoon until combined.
- Add 2 more cups of flour and mix in. It will start to form into a soft dough, keep mixing.
- Add another cup of flour and again mix in. At this time I scrape out the dough and place it on a floured surface. I then start kneading the dough and add the rest of the flour if needed. The dough needs to be soft and not sticky. If you need to add more flour, please do.
- Once the dough is ready, you can roll it out on a floured surface to ½ inch/1.2 cms.
- Using a round dough cutter (I used a 2½ inch/6.3 cms) cut out the doughnuts and place on a baking tray covered with baking paper. I also cut out the middle of the doughnut dough with a small cutter from a biscuit cutting set.
- Once all the doughnuts have been cut out and placed on a tray, let them rise until they have doubled in size (about 45 mins)
- For cooking: I use my deep fryer. Temp 170°C. Cooked on each side for 1 min.
- I cook 4 doughnuts at a time. When they are done, I either glaze them with the icing mix or cover them in the cinnamon mix. Then they are placed onto a cake rack lined with baking paper.
- After all doughnuts are cooked, you can make a tea or coffee and sit down to eat them.
I use filtered water in my doughnut recipe. I find it makes a difference to the mixture, it gives the dough an aerated feel. The final product also comes out light and moist.Whisk together warm filtered water and yeast. Add buttermilk, melted butter, 2 cups of flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.Mix well, until all combined. You will have a wet mixture that looks like this. Keep adding flour until your dough is soft and not sticky. Roll out dough until 1/2 inch/1.2 cms thickCut out doughnuts with a round cutter.
Cut out a hole in the middle with a small cutter (I used a small biscuit cutter from a biscuit set) Once all the doughnuts are cut out, place them on a baking tray. Let them rise until they have doubled in size. Setting up the deep fryer.The glaze and cinnamon mix are ready.Watching the doughnuts cooking in the deep fryer.Cooked for 1 min on one side and ready to be turned over. Covering the doughnuts in the glaze.Covering the doughnuts in the cinnamon mix. Doughnuts are done and ready to be served. They are the best doughnuts. They are delicious, soft, fluffy and just sooo gooood!We all love them especially the kids.
Sometimes we have some left over, and sometimes we don’t!
Do you have a recipe that you only make for a special treat?
Happy doughnut making!