Serious Eats - Easy Homemade Doughnuts

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Karen Vandevander

By
@KarenV

This recipe (and pictures) is from the Serious Eats website...

seriouseats.com/...emade-recipe.html

I've been making these for years and they are very easy and quite delicious. You do want to serve them warm though. I don't find them to be as good once they've gone cold; however, you can "revive" them in the microwave on high power for about 10 seconds. If it's still not warm enough for you, put it back in the microwave for another 10 seconds. Back to being tasty. :o)

Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
Serves:
8 - 10
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
20 Min

Ingredients

  • INGREDIENTS - DOUGHNUTS

  • 1 pkg
    buttermilk biscuits (pillsbury)
  • 8 c
    vegetable oil for frying
  • INGREDIENTS - VANILLA GLAZE

  • 2 c
    confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt
  • 8 Tbsp
    unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 c
    milk
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • INGREDIENTS - ORANGE-CARDAMOM GLAZE

  • 2 c
    confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp
    ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp
    salf
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    finely grated zest plus 6 tablespoons juice from 2 oranges
  • INGREDIENTS - BROWN BUTTER GLAZE

  • 8 Tbsp
    unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 c
    confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt
  • 1/4 c
    milk
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • INGREDIENTS - CHOCOLATE GLAZE

  • 1 c
    confectioners sugar
  • 1 c
    unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt
  • 1 3/4 c
    milk
  • INGREDIENTS - PINK GLAZE

  • 2 c
    confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt
  • 8 Tbsp
    unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 c
    strawberry-flavored milk
  • NOTES

  • 1 can(s)
    buttermilk biscuits yields ten small (about 2 1/2-inch inches in diameter) doughnuts and ten tiny doughnut holes. you'll need a 1/2-inch round cutter to punch out the holes.
  • 1 can(s)
    grands homestyle buttermilk biscuits yields eight large (about 3 1/2 inches in diameter) doughnuts and eight doughnut holes. you'll need a one-inch round cutter to punch out the holes.
  • ·
    glaze recipes make enough for one batch of large doughnuts. if making small ones, cut recipe in half.
  • ·
    chopsticks are best for turning doughnuts, but you can use ends of two wooden spoons if you don't have any. if you don't have round cutters, use a bottle cap or the back of a pastry tip that fits the measurements provided.

How to Make Serious Eats - Easy Homemade Doughnuts

Step-by-Step

  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large skillet with high sides over medium-high heat until temperature registers 350 F. (Oil should be 1- to 1 1/2 inches deep).
  2. Pop open biscuit container. If any of the biscuits look irregular, gently pat them down to even rounds and even thickness. Cut out doughnut holes.
  3. Add half of the doughnuts and half of the doughnut holes and fry until the bottoms turn golden brown, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes for small doughnuts and 2 to 2 1/2 minutes for large doughnuts.
  4. Using chopsticks, turn the doughnuts and holes and fry for until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes longer.
  5. Transfer doughnuts to a paper towel-lined plate and allow to cool slightly, 1 to 2 minutes before dipping in glaze.
  6. For plain glaze:

    Place confectioners sugar and salt in medium bowl. Add melted butter, milk, and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth. Dip doughnuts and serve immediately.
  7. For orange-cardamom glaze:

    Place confectioners sugar, cardamom, salt, and orange zest in medium bowl. Add orange juice and whisk until smooth. Dip doughnuts and serve immediately.
  8. For brown-butter glaze:

    Melt butter over medium-high heat in a small stainless steel saucepan. Cook butter until browned, 5 to 8 minutes, swirling the pan occasionally. Butter will begin to foam; the subsiding foam is an indicator that the butter is almost done.

    Once the solids are caramel brown remove pan from heat and immediately pour butter into a medium bowl, scraping in all the solids.

    Add the confectioners sugar, salt, milk, and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth.

    Dip doughnuts and serve immediately.
  9. For chocolate glaze:

    Place confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in medium bowl. Add milk and whisk until smooth. Dip doughnuts and serve immediately.
  10. For pink glaze:

    Place confectioners sugar and salt in medium bowl. Add melted butter and milk and whisk until smooth. Dip doughnuts and serve immediately.

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