PREP TIME: 15 Minutes
COOKING TIME: 10 Minutes
PROOFING Time: 3 hours
I love donuts but avoid eating them often just so I do not look like a donut myself (A moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips…HaHaHa😄). We watched a cooking show on Netflix a couple of weeks ago “The great Canadian baking show” and since then we have been watching a lot of cooking videos especially baking recipes. In one of the episodes, the contestants had to make donuts so we saw a few recipes on making donuts so wanted to give it a try. I was not sure if it will come out good but still wanted to give it a shot and surprisingly it came out well. At least it looked nice, it was moist and tasted like the store-bought donuts (Not that I am boasting 😜)
All purpose Flour – 2 cups (470 ml)
Dry Yeast – 1 Teaspoon (5 ml)
Milk – ½ cup (120 ml)
Sugar – ¼ cup (60 ml) + 1 teaspoon (for yeast activation)
Salt – 1 pinch
Butter – 2 tablespoons (30 ml at room temperature)
Egg – 1
Ingredients – Sugar glaze
Icing Sugar – 2 teaspoons (10 ml)
Milk – 1 teaspoon (5 ml)
Ingredients – Chocolate topping
White chocolate chips – 30 chips
Dark chocolate – 30 chips
Sprinkles/coloured sugar – as required
STEP 1: Add the yeast and sugar to lukewarm milk, mix well and keep it aside for 5 minutes for the yeast to activate. If the milk is too hot or cold the yeast will not activate, and the yeast activation is the key to get the right dough for donuts. I microwaved the milk for 30 seconds and that was sufficient for me to get the right temperature.
STEP 2: The yeast will turn foamy in 5 minutes like in the picture below.
STEP 3: In a mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, salt, butter and egg and mix. Once combined add in the milk-yeast-sugar mixture and knead well. The dough will be slightly stick and that is how it should be (if the dough is too dry, you can add little milk). I used the food processor, dough mode for 2 minutes to achieve the right consistency. See picture below. If kneading with hand, knead for about 7 – 10 minutes by stretching the dough.
STEP 4: Grease a large bowl with oil and add little oil on the dough so the dough does not get dry. Cover with a paper towel or lid and let it rest for about 2 hours or until the dough comes to double the size.
STEP 5: Once the proofing is complete, roll out the dough and cut into donut shapes. I used a container lid for the outer circle and the back of a piping nozzle for the inner circle. You could also use different sized cookie cutters.
STEP 6: Place all the donut dough in a tray and let it rest for about 15 – 20 minutes. This is the second level of dough proofing.
STEP 7: Heat oil in a pan and start frying the donuts in medium heat until it turns golden brown.
STEP 8: For the sugar glaze topping, mix the icing sugar and milk and dip the top of the donuts and place it on a plate.
STEP 9: For the chocolate topping, in a microwave safe bowl add chocolate chips and microwave for 30 seconds or until the chocolate chips are completely melted. Dip one side of the donut in the melted chocolate and sprinkle with colored sugar, multicolored sprinkles, or chocolate chips. You can get creative here. I made a pattern on one of the donuts with white and dark chocolate.
Tip: For the effect in the below picture, coat with dark chocolate first and make 2 concentric circles with melted white chocolate on top and with a toothpick just make vertical lines/streaks from the middle of the donut to the outer edge of the donut.