If you don’t like doughnuts then you seriously need to go eat some and change your mind. Doughnuts are amazing and I have finally had the opportunity to make them and they weren’t as hard as I thought it was going to be thankfully and they don’t last long once made because all anyone wants to do is eat them.
Now I had to do some searching to find a good doughnut recipe that didn’t have weird ingredients and a complicated recipe. I finally found a recipe from YouTube from a YouTuber ‘In the Kitchen with Kate’ and I love the stuff she makes and the recipe she did was simple to do. However I did make some of my own changes, as she makes all filled doughnuts and I wanted half and half, some filled and some ring doughnuts. Below is the recipe card I create for you to try the recipe yourself.
Now I am going to admit things went wrong and on stage and I was confused. So you start off the recipe with putting the yeast in some warm milk and leave for 5 mins and then mix the dry ingredients up and then add in the egg, melted butter and milk mixture. All simple enough I had no problems here, however once all the ingredients were mixed the dough was very sticky and according to the video this was ok.
But it wasn’t, next you place the dough on a lightly floured surface but from here it was a mess, I defiantly needed more floured than what was stated, a lot more!!! But finally it came together into dough, I may have been wrong to add more flour but that’s what worked, if the dough didn’t rise then that would have been a real problem but it was all good.
So at this point I would show a before and after of the the dough before it was risen and after but I forgot to take a picture, but it did double in size thankfully and all was needed to do then was knead and roll out.
The original recipe was to make filled doughnuts, where she divided the dough into 12 balls and let them rise, I did this differently as I wanted ring doughnuts as well. So I rolled out the dough until the thickness of a pound coin or your index finger and using a medium circle cutter to cut out 12 shapes and using a piping tip to cut out the centre of 6 of them. You will need to roll out the dough again to create more doughnuts but don’t worry this doesn’t effect the second rise or baking.
The doughnuts will double in size when you proof them for 30 mins, they look really good at this point and get better when baked and decorated.
Around the last 10 mins of the prove it is best to get everything set up. Heat up your oil to 190c, set some tissue paper down to catch the extra oil once the doughnuts are cooked and have a bowl of sugar ready to dip the filled doughnuts in straight after they are baked, this helps the sugar stick.
I’m going to be truthful here and say I wasn’t looking forward to baking the doughnuts, I was sure I was going to burn myself or create a mess but it’s surprisingly not that bad. Small tip, have a timer ready, as soon as you place the doughnuts in, flip them over and set the timer for 2 mins, keep flipping the doughnuts through out to get an even colouring.
Once they are all cooked it’s time to decorate, I kept this simple with jam filled doughnuts and glazed doughnuts. I rolled the filled doughnuts in sugar and filled with raspberry jam and for the glaze I made some royal icing, very liquidy and coated the doughnuts all over and let to dry. You can decorate them however you want, go crazy with flavours and toppings, there is so much you can do.
I was really happy with the outcome, even though throughout I did have many worries that it wasn’t going to work but it shows that if you keep trying then things can work out just fine.
Now I am going to be truthful, my family loved the doughnuts much to my surprise!! Me on the other hand not so much, they weren’t horrible it’s just that I have tasted better doughnuts, but that’s fine this was my first time and practice makes perfect.
I hope you enjoyed this blog, and have a go at making doughnuts, if you do I would love to see your creations, you can contact me on my twitter @amybakes94.