sprinkle donuts

Originally uploaded by Bake & Destroy!

I found this recipe on Recipezaar. I’m usually anti-putting stuff besides bread in the bread machine. I dunno… seems like cheating. But I’d never made donuts before so I figured I’d cheat this time and try harder next time. Actually, I super cheated, because Tony actually made these. I rolled the dough and cut the donuts out, but he made the dough and fried them up. We got over two dozen donuts with this recipe, and some big ones we cut into viking helmets and battle axes. (You can see those on my Flickr page.)

For the donuts you’ll need:

  • 1 & 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 & 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast

Then you:

1. Measure ingredients into your ABM baking pan.
2. Select dough setting and start machine.
3. Roll finished dough to 1/2 inch thick. Cut with a 2-1/2 inch donut cutter.
4. Let rise, covered, 30 minutes or until doubled.
5. Deep fry in fat at 375 degrees.
6. Turn donuts as they rise to the surface. Fry until brown on both sides.
7. Drain on absorbent paper towels. Either glaze or dust with powdered sugar.

This glaze recipe is from Food Network’s website.

You’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Then you:

Combine milk and vanilla in a medium saucepan and heat over low heat until warm. Sift confectioners’ sugar into milk mixture. Whisk slowly, until well combined. Remove the glaze from the heat and set over a bowl of warm water. Dip donuts into the glaze, 1 at a time, and set on a draining rack placed in a half sheet pan for 5 minutes before serving.

You could feasibly color this glaze, or flavor it with something besides vanilla. It’s pretty sweet, I only glazed the tops of my donuts.