Sunday, May 23, 2010

Homemade doughnuts

Since we couldn't get a dozen at the real Krispy Kreme, we tried our hand at making our own at home. I did not search online for the Krispy Kreme recipe, just a doughnut recipe. I found one on allrecipes that looked good and had been reviewed by a lot of people. It turns out, upon searching for Krispy Kreme's recipe today, it is the same one. I changed the glaze recipe though.

For the doughnuts:

1 pack yeast (1 TBSP)
1/8 cup warm water
3/4 cup lukewarm milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/6 cup shortening
2 1/2 cup flour

For the glaze (my recipes):

2 TBSP butter
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2-4 TBSP milk (however much you want to reach the desired consistency)

2 TBSP butter
2 TBSP cocoa powder (I like Hershey's)
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2-4 TBSP milk

2 TBSP strawberry quik
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2-3 TBSP milk

Put the yeast in bowl of mixer with warm water and sugar, let sit 5 minutes to activiate. Add in milk, salt, shortening, egg, and 1 1/2 cups flour. Mix together, then slowly add remaining flour until mixture forms a nice soft ball and is no longer sticking to the sides of the bowl. Add more flour if needed. Knead for about 5 minutes. Grease a bowl and put the dough in it and set in a warm place to rise until doubled (about 1-1.5 hours). Punch the dough down, roll out onto a floured suface to about 1/2 inch thickness. Use a cutter to cut out the doughnuts.

Heat oil in a pan to 170' over medium heat. Place the cut out doughnuts in the pan to cook, approximately 45-90 seconds, you will see the bottom browning and they will start to float. Flip them and cook the same time. Remove from pan, place on a paper towel to soak off oil. Add glaze as desired.

Here's the glaze we made:

The kids enjoyed choosing the colors and flavors to decorate their doughnuts. Even Dave was impressed at how good looking they were. We used our ABC cookie cutters, and they had fun spelling out words and choosing which letter they wanted to eat.

Note: the recipe I used was double what I made, but I think doughnuts don't taste that great leftover, so I didn't want to have too many leftover. We made about 20 with this batch.

You can put the cooking oil in a jar once cooled to use again, or dispose of in an old can (DO NOT POUR THE OIL DOWN THE DRAIN!!!!!!!!!!)

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