Homemade Glazed or Sugar Doughnuts
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- 2 packages active dry yeast
- 2 cups warm water (hot to the touch from the tap)
- 1/2 cup crisco shortening
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3/4 cup mashed potatoes; unseasoned
- 2 large eggs
- 2/3 cups powdered milk
- 3-1/2 cups bread flour
- 3-1/2 cups all- purpose flour
- peanut oil for frying
- glaze coating: 6 cups confectioners’ sugar, ½ cup water, 1 teaspoon vanilla
- sugar coating: 1-2 cups granulated sugar
1In large mixing bowl, mix yeast, water, Crisco, sugar, salt and mashed potatoes. Mix for one minute on medium speed
2Add the eggs and mix for another minute.
3Add the bread flour and instant milk and mix for two minutes.
4Add the all-purpose flour 1 cup at a time, adding just enough flour to make the dough easy to handle.
5Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic.
6Place the dough into a greased bowl; turn greased side up. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until double; approximately 1.5 hours.
7When the dough has doubled, punch down the dough to remove air bubbles and let the dough rise again until doubled, about 30 minutes.
8On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1/2 inch thick and cut with a floured doughnut cutter. (I use a 3-1/2 inch doughnut cutter, but you can use the smaller doughnut cutter that is 2-1/2 inches). Cut as close together as possible because you don’t want to reroll the left over dough too often. Rerolling too much will make the dough tough.
10Heat the oil (3-4 inches) to 375 degrees. You can use a deep fryer, Dutch oven, or an electric skillet.
12Carefully, remove the doughnuts from the oil. I use the long handle of a wooden spoon to lift the doughnuts out through the doughnut hole so I don’t damage the doughnut. Drain the doughnuts on a rack that has been placed in a sheet pan or on a plate lined with several layers of paper towels.
13Cool the doughnuts for just a minute or two. You want them warm when you dip them. Now you can either glaze or sugar coat the doughnuts. Don’t forget to fry the doughnut holes when you are done!!
14Glaze: In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients together with a spoon; mixing until very smooth. You can add a bit more water if necessary, but the warm doughnuts with also thin out the glaze on the doughnuts. Dip one doughnut at a time into the glaze, turning to coat both sides. Place doughnuts on their side in a large baking pan or on a rack.
15Sugar Coated: Roll the warm doughnuts in a bowl of sugar, or add some sugar to a small bag and shake 1 doughnut at a time to coat.