From being the unwavering companion of the cops to actually being the last name of many people in the U.S., doughnuts have a really big significance.
Doughnuts are the most loved food, in fact once they were declared as the “Hit Food of the Century”
So if you want to have a taste of them, here is an easy recipe to enjoy the delicious comfort food at home.
- Warm Water: ½ Cup
- Active Dry Yeast: 2 Packages
- White Sugar: 1 Teaspoon
- Milk (lukewarm): ¾ Cup
- Vegetable Shortening: 1/3 cup
- White Sugar: ¼ Cup
- Salt: 1 Teaspoon
- Eggs: 2
- All-Purpose Flour: 4 cups
- Vegetable Oil (For Cooking): 2 Quarts
- Warm Water: 1 Tablespoon
- Vanilla Extract: ½ teaspoon
- Confectioner’s Sugar (sifted): 1 Cup
- Take a small bowl and add warm water, yeast and a teaspoon of white sugar to it. Leave it for about 5 to 10 minutes until the yeast is creamy and foamy.
- In a saucepan, add the milk and vegetable shortening and keep on medium-low heat. Cook the mixture until the vegetable shortening melts and you see tiny bubble popping around the edge of the milk. Have it removed.
- In a large bowl of a stand mixer, place sugar and salt. Now add the milk and vegetable shortening to it.
- Stir it slowly to dissolve the sugar and then leave it be for a while until it is warm.
- Now add the yeast mixture, 1 cup of flour and the eggs to it and mix on a low speed till it is smooth.
- Gradually add the rest of the flour to make it into smooth soft dough.
- Keep beating the dough for about 3 to 5 minutes on low speed until the dough no longer sticks to the side of the bowl.
- On a floured surface, turn the dough and knead for 3 to 5 minutes until it becomes elastic and smooth.
- Make the dough into a large ball and then place it into a large greased bowl.
- Grease the top of the dough as well and then cover the top with paper wax.
- Leave the bowl in a warm place and leave it to rise for about an hour and half until it becomes twice its original size.
- Punch it down. On a floured surface, roll it into a 1.2-inch thick.
- Cut the doughnut out of the dough with a doughnut cutter.
- Leave the doughnuts to rise for about 40 minutes to 1 hour until they are puffy and light.
- In a deep fryer or a large saucepan heat oil.
- Gently place the doughnuts in heated oil and leave there until light golden doughnuts turning them after 2 minutes.
- Drain them on a paper towel to absorb oil.
- In a small bowl mix vanilla extract and sugar in warm water to produce the glaze.
- Spread a think glaze over the doughnut.