Oh, sweet, sweet donuts. Am I the only one with a serious weakness for them? Every time I think about donuts, I have a lot of trouble not stopping whatever I'm doing to go look for one. Because donuts are one of the best things in life.
But even better than going to Krispy Kreme or Dunkin' Donuts to satisfy your craving? Making your own hot, golden-brown, freshly glazed donuts!! Can you imagine how good they'd taste? Hop to it and experience to donutty delight :)
Homemade Glazed Donuts
Prep Time:Rising Time:Cook Time:
For the Doughnuts
2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast (or 2 Tablespoons)
1/2 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/3 cup shortening
5 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
For the Glaze
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2/ teaspoon vanilla
1. Sprinkle yeast over warm water. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
2. In the bowl of your electric mixer with the beater paddle attached, combine, yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, and shortening. Add 2 cups of flour and beat until dough forms. Switch to the dough hook and add remaining flour (1 cup at a time) until fully incorporated. Dough will be slightly sticky. Transfer dough to a greased bowl and let rise in a warm place until double in size, about 1 hour.
3. Liberally flour your work surface. Roll out dough until about 1/2-inch thick. Using a doughnut cutter, cut out doughnuts and let rest on the counter until double in size (30-45 minutes). Cover doughnuts loosely with a clean kitchen towel to prevent them from drying out.
4. When doughnuts are ready to be fried, heat oil in a skillet to 350 degrees F. Line cooling racks with paper towels and set nearby. When oil is ready, slide 3 or 4 doughnuts into the skillet and fry on each side for 2 minutes or until slightly golden. Remove from the skillet and place onto the prepared cooling racks. Repeat until all doughnuts are fried.
5. While the doughnuts are cooling, prepare the glaze. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together confectioners' sugar, milk, and vanilla. Glaze should be heated through, but doesn't need to come to a boil. Remove from heat. Dip doughnuts into the glaze and return to the wire racks until glaze is set.
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