Since I saved the oil from the potato doughnuts in the refrigerator by using a quart glass jar, I decided to make raised doughnuts for the family on Sunday morning. I was up early so they had time to rise. This is a simple easy recipe and the only trouble I had was oil temperature. I am going to look for a large deep electric skillet or a cheep deep fryer for me. That way I can set the temperature. The kids loved them and they eat them as quick as I made them. I only had 3 left to photograph. This recipe made a dozen doughnuts and a bunch of holes.
- 1 package yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons melted margarine
- 3/4 cup of warm milk
- 1/2 teaspoon orange flavoring
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 1/2 cups of flour (extra for kneading and rolling)
In a large mixing bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until bubbles appear. Add sugar, warm milk. melted margarine and beat for 30 seconds. Add egg while beating. Add flavoring, spice and 1 cup of flour mix with beaters until smooth. Mix rest of flour by hand or with dough hook. You can let the dough hook knead the dough for a couple of minutes after the dough comes together. If working by hand you will have to turn the dough out on to a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic. Cover dough in bowl and let rise until double and the indentation of two fingers remains when touched. Turn out on floured board and roll out. Cut doughnuts with cutter and place on floured cookie tray to rise another 30 minutes. Fry at 350 degree oil in a deep sided skillet or deep fryer. Slide doughnut s into hot oil using a spatula and turning over when lightly brown using a fork. Brown on each side and remove. Drain on a cookie rack and dust with powdered sugar or roll in cinnamon sugar. Eat warm. Makes about dozen and holes.
I saved the oil again after it cooled and placed back into the refrigerator. I can still use it a couple of more times for fried doughnuts. The oil is the expensive part of doughnuts. I marked the jar lid with masking tape that I wrote on it for doughnuts only. That way I keep the oil separate from the oil that I save from french fries. Next week I will do a different type of doughnut for the family.
Once you get used to doing something like this it don’t seem like such a project. Here locally the in store bakeries are keeping their price of doughnuts down by only giving you 8 in a box now. The home-made ones seem to have so much more flavor and less air to them. Now if you are expecting really soft doughnuts you will have to buy them. But if you love fresh warm flavorful ones that melt in your mouth with some substance to them then give these a try.