It is amazing how we can push our abilities in times of need. Recently I had the opportunity to participate in a bake sale and managed to churn out quite some goodies in no time. I was amazed at my speed and realized that lack of time is always just an excuse we give ourselves.
Amongst all the ideas that were floating in my head, I had almost ditched the thought of baking doughnuts because I was really not sure of its sale. But then there was this rising impulse inside me that made me jump up and make the dough and allow it to rest. The fluffy dough was then cut in the shape of a doughnut and fried to a beautiful golden colour. The doughnuts tasted light and fluffy and along with the chocolate glaze turned out to be an absolute treat.
The icing on my baked goodies is always the family approval esp my daughter's. She was dying to put her hands on the chocolate slathered and sprinklers loaded doughnuts. I waited with a bated breath and saw her reaction as she picked one doughnut. Her head swung in an 'Ummmm' and I instantly knew I had baked goodness.
The sale did not go too well and I ended up bringing most of the goodies at home. No one regretted as it meant a week long sweet feast at home. :)
Recipe source : Adapted from here
Ingredients : I have reduced the recipe to half and achieved about 14 medium sized doughnuts
- 1/2 tbsp instant yeast
- 1/2 cup or more warm milk
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tbsp butter, softened
- refined oil for frying
- dark chocolate, melted
Take flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a bowl. Stir.
Add egg. Stir.
Add warm milk a little at a time and knead to a smooth dough. You may require more than 1/2 cup of milk.
Add butter and knead.
Take another bowl and grease it. Put the dough in it and cover with a damp muslin cloth. Leave it for an hour or more to double in size.
You can also refrigerate the dough after the rise in case you want to use next day. Just let it come to room temperature before you roll, cut and fry.
Roll your dough and cut in doughnut shape using round cookie cutters of different size. Let it sit for 1/2 - 1 hour.
I usually knead the hole back in the dough. You may like to fry them separately too.
Put oil to fry the doughnuts in a deep pan.
Fry the doughnuts in medium heat till they are golden brown.
Drain on a kitchen towel or a tissue napkin.
Keep melted chocolate in a wide bowl. Dip the doughnuts in it halfway and sprinkle with colourful sprinklers.
Doughnuts are best eaten the same day, almost soon after frying. You can also refrigerate excess dough and fry fresh as and when needed
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Happy Doughnut eating