First, I should explain that when we started to make these doughnuts, I couldn’t find the doughnut shaped cookie cutter- and I was lazy. So these doughnuts are circles…. But next time I will fill them with some jelly. It was a great fluffy recipe, I slightly adapted to simplify and add some more flavor. I hope you like it.
Simple Yeast Doughnuts
3/4 cup warm milk
2 tsp. yeast
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups flour (all purpose)
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. butter, soft
2 egg yolks, beaten
Pinch of nutmeg
Vegetable or peanut oil for frying
Simple glaze or frosting
Add yeast to your warm milk. Let stand for 10 minutes. The add the remaining ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir to combine until a ball forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. I would recommend using a mixer for this process. Cover your bowl and place in a warm, dry place for 1 hour to double in size. Remove cover and punch down. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough 1/2″ thick and cut with cookie cutter into desired shape. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray. Place cut dough 1″ apart on baking sheet. Repeat until all dough is place. Spray plastic wrap with non-stick coating and cover for 30 minutes.
Remove cover and cook doughnuts, in hot oil (approx 350 degrees) until lightly golden, and flip. The process doesn’t take more than a few minutes, so don’t walk away or answer the phone at this point.
Remove cooked doughnuts and place on a paper towel to cool. While still slightly warm, drizzle or completely cover with glaze. Yummy.
Glaze with chocolate, vanilla or maple flavored…. and if you do the maple flavoring, be sure to add bacon. Heaven!
Perfect, soft doughnuts. This was a quick picture- because they were gone fast. Happy Baking!