I've been making donuts a lot lately. I am trying to get a recipe down that yeilds super poofy, tender and delicious donuts but also isn't too fragile and fussy when raising the dough and getting it into the oil. I really like the ease and results of Wayne Schmidts recipe, and all his thorough research. However, it is heavily yeasted and the dough is so airy that it inevitably begins to fall before it even makes it into the oil. The slightest jostle deflates them. The recipe is very quick though....
Another recipe I've made a few times is from Sherry Yards in her book The Secrets of Baking. It is for a brioche donut. It is super rich and not sweet. Also it is built very slowly with only a small amount of yeast to start. It takes 3 times as long to make but part of me really enjoys the process and flavor of slowly risen breads. For this recipe, you must first make a sponge. This is a wet starter that allows the yeast to easily multiply before slowing it down with salt, butter and eggs.
2 1/2 tsp yeast
1 Tbl brown sugar
1/2 C milk
1/2 C flour
Whisk together and then cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let sit for 30-45 minutes.
3 C flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 lb butter
Add flour, salt and spices.
Beat eggs seperately and add to dough. Add butter 2 Tbls at a time.
Knead forever if making by hand, until smooth and shiny.
Cover bowl and let raise until doubled, about 2 hrs. Punch down, cover and raise again for 45 minutes.
Roll out to about 1/2 inch thick.
Cut with 2 1/2 inch donut cutters (or a tin can and a soy sauce cap!) and deep fry about 1 minute for each side.
|after sitting an hour out of the freezer|
I've been making the dough up until it is ready to fry and freezing it. This recipe takes far too long to make for breakfast but they can be thawed and fried in an hour or 2.
raspberry infused vodka
Whisk until you get a good thick dipping frosting/glaze.