How to Make Donuts
How to Make Donuts | Donuts, those delectable rings of doughy goodness, have become a beloved treat worldwide. Whether glazed, filled, or topped with sprinkles, they never fail to bring joy to our taste buds. While store-bought donuts are readily available, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of making them from scratch in the comfort of your own kitchen. In this guide, we’ll take you through the step-by-step process of creating these delectable delights, ensuring your homemade donuts are nothing short of perfection.
For the dough:
- 1 cup whole milk, warmed (110°F/45°C)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Vegetable oil (enough for about 2 inches depth in your frying pot)
For the glaze:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Food coloring (optional)
- Proof the yeast: In a small bowl, mix the warmed milk and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy. This process “proofs” the yeast, ensuring your dough will rise properly.
- Combine dry ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Create a well in the center of the flour mixture.
- Mix the dough: Add the softened butter, egg yolks, and vanilla extract into the well created in the dry ingredients. Pour in the frothy yeast mixture. Gradually combine the wet and dry ingredients using a spatula until a dough forms.
- Knead the dough: Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and knead it for about 5-7 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a ball.
- First rise: Place the dough ball into a lightly greased bowl and cover it with a damp cloth or plastic wrap. Let it rise in a warm, draft-free area for about 1 to 1.5 hours or until it doubles in size.
- Shape the donuts: Punch down the risen dough and turn it out onto a floured surface. Roll out the dough to about 1/2-inch thickness. Use a donut cutter or two differently-sized round cookie cutters (one large and one small) to cut out the donut shapes. Place the cut-out donuts on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Gather the dough scraps, re-roll, and cut more donuts until you’ve used all the dough.
- Second rise: Cover the baking sheet with the donuts with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let them rise again for about 30 minutes.
- Prepare the glaze: While the donuts are rising, make the glaze by whisking together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. If desired, add food coloring for a vibrant touch.
- Fry the donuts: In a deep pot or fryer, heat the vegetable oil to 350°F (175°C). Fry the donuts in batches for about 1-2 minutes per side or until they turn golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to remove them from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil.
- Glaze the donuts: Dip each warm donut into the glaze, ensuring they’re coated entirely. Place the glazed donuts on a wire rack to allow any excess glaze to drip off.
- Optional toppings: For an extra dose of deliciousness, feel free to add your favorite toppings like sprinkles, shredded coconut, crushed nuts, or chocolate chips.
Homemade donuts are a delightful and rewarding treat that will impress friends and family alike. From the first bite, you’ll be hooked on the fluffy texture, rich flavor, and endless possibilities for glazes and toppings. Get creative and enjoy the sweet success of creating your very own batch of scrumptious donuts. Happy baking!