Saturday, September 13, 2008

Perfect for a Saturday morning!

What is perfect? Donuts. Homemade donuts. To be specific, homemade donuts with chocolate frosting. Oh yum. First time making this kind of a donut - and these will be made many more times. And you know what? They weren't hard. A little time consuming, but not hard.
"Oh My! Chocolate Donuts"
1 (1/4-oz) package active dry yeast (2 1/2 teaspoons)
2 tablespoons warm water (105–115°F)
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for sprinkling and rolling out dough
1 cup whole milk at room temperature
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
3 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
About 10 cups vegetable oil for deep frying
Stir together yeast and warm water in a small bowl until yeast is dissolved. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. (If yeast doesn’t foam, discard and start over with new yeast.)
Mix together flour, milk, butter, yolks, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and yeast mixture in mixer at low speed until a soft dough forms. Increase speed to medium-high and beat 3 minutes more.
Scrape dough down side of bowl (all around) into center, then sprinkle lightly with flour (to keep a crust from forming). Cover bowl with a clean kitchen towel (not terry cloth) and let dough rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled in bulk, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. (Alternatively, let dough rise in bowl in refrigerator 8 to 12 hours.)
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 12-inch round (1/2 inch thick). Cut out as many rounds as possible with 3-inch cutter, then cut a hole in center of each round with 1-inch cutter and transfer doughnuts to a lightly floured large baking sheet. Cover doughnuts with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until slightly puffed, about 30 minutes (45 minutes if dough was cold when cutting out doughnuts). Reroll scraps.
Heat 2 1/2 inches oil in a deep 4-quart heavy pot until it registers 350°F on thermometer. Fry doughnuts, 2 at a time, turning occasionally with a wire or mesh skimmer or a slotted spoon, until puffed and golden brown, about 2 minutes per batch. Transfer to paper towels to drain. (Return oil to 350°F between batches.)
I also fried the doughnut holes for about 1 minute and them tossed them in powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar straight out of the hot grease.
"Chocolate Glaze"
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup whole milk, warmed
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Combine butter, milk, corn syrup, and vanilla in medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Decrease the heat to low, add the chocolate, and whisk until melted. Turn off heat, add the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth. Place the mixture over a bowl of warm water and dip the doughnuts immediately. Allow glaze to set for 30 minutes before serving.
The donut holes.

Me. I am jumping, I am not sitting funny.:)


Brooke said...

These look delish. Can you believe that I am not a chocolate donut fan? Love donuts tho. Bet they were devoured.

Anonymous said...

Man those look fabulous! Better than Krispy Kremes!

Barbara Bakes said...

My favorite donuts are chocolate chocolate frosted donuts! But I've never made them - yum!

Lucy said...

OMG!!! Nothing better than waking up to something so good!! They look awesome & delish!!!

Miss Joss said...

Those look Yum-tastic. I love donuts, but not so much the toll they take. It's like they say "You are what you eat". That may be true, but at least I'll look like someting yummy!! Oh, I finally updated my blog. Yay for me!!

Stephanie said...

Those look so good! I've made the fried-refrigerator-biscuit variety of donuts before, but I've always been too scared to make them from scratch. Those look so delicious, though, I may have to muster up some courage and try it!

Cooking and the City said...

Oh my Priscilla I *really* want one of those :-)

OhioMom said...

OMG! Those are picture perfect, want to come live with me :) said...

Oh WOW! I can't think of anything more indulgent than homemade donuts...

Katrina said...

Yum! Those look as good as any I've seen in bakeries or stores!

Jessica said...

Fall = donuts and cider to me!!! I can't wait for some free time in the schedule to make some up!

Pam said...

My children will think I am the coolest mom when I make them these. Great job Priscilla!

Rebekah said...

wow! homemade donuts! I am totally in awe. These look delicious!

~Priscilla~ said...

Brooke - you aren't a chocolate donut fan? chocolate are some of my favorite!!

Candy - really?? thanks!:)

Barbara - first time making them too, and they were gone in minutes.

Lucy - nothing like waking up to homemade donuts!!

Miss J! Hi! Ha ha. i'm givin' you a high 5 for updating your blog.:)

Stephanie - thank you! hope you try them out, they are good!

Dell - i want one right now too!!:)

OhioMom - he he, thanks but what would my family do without a dessert girl??:)

Rachel - thanks for stopping by! i know, homemade donuts are the *best*!

Katrina - thank you so much!

Jessica - yup, sounds right. yummy, cider sounds really good right now.

Pam - thank you! hope your kids think you are the best!!:)

Rebekah - thanks! they were really good, but the boys ate them up way too soon.:)

Bridgett said...

OOhhh, can I come to your house for a donut? Looks delicious!

Maria said...

Oh my is right! these look amazing!

Cristine said...

YUM!!! These will be a Saturday breakfast SOON!

Rebekah said...

I can't wait to try these! I KNOW they'll be a hit in our house! Thanks for the post!

Lauren said...

Is this recipe for regular donuts? Your picture shows a chocolate donut but the batter in the recipe seems to not contain any? Just curious to what you added to get chocolate donuts. (Cocoa powder?)

Jaime said...

wow, i'm so impressed you made those doughnuts yourself! they look like they are straight out of a bakery

Emily said...

Your hired! I am not a doughnut gal (my husband did not know this before we married, poor guy) but I am always up for anything covered in chocolate! These look WONDERFUL!

Allie said...

Wow these look amazing! I've had an itch to make them from scratch, but scared to end up with a batch that taste funny. Now I have a reason to try one that's been tested.

~Priscilla~ said...

Lauren - the recipe is for regular donuts, they aren't chocolate as they look like it in the pic, for some reason they came out that way!:)

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