Yay! Managed to brave myself to try making doughnuts (or donut).While there are many donuts franchise, my favorite is always home-made, just like the one my mom made. It has always been the one with caster sugar around it, especially the donut balls. Yummyyyy....
There are many versions of the doughnuts recipes, but I chose one from Jamie Oliver.
1x7 g sachet dried yeast
70g caster sugar
500 g plain flour
315 ml whole milk, warmed until tepid
zest of 2 lemons
zest of 1 orange
80 g unsalted butter, softened and cubed
1 litre vegetable oil
1. Put the yeast in a bowl with a tbs of the caster sugar and a tbs of the flour and mix in the warm milk. Put in a warm place for a bout 15 mins until the mixture becomes frothy.
2. Put the rest of the sugar and flour, lemon and orange zest and butter in a bowl. Add yeast mixture and use spoon to bring it all together then use your hands to mix it into a ball. If it's too sticky, add a bit more flour. Knead the dough for 5 mins or so until it's smooth n silky. Pop it into a bowl, cover with clean damp cloth amd leave to rise for about 1 hr. Meanwhile, make your flavoured sugar by mixing the sugar, spices, zest, and vanilla seeds together in a bowl.
3. When the dough has doubled in size, give a bit of punch. Then on a floured surface, roll the dough out until it's an even 1 cm / 1/2 inch thickness. Using a little cutter or a small glass (app 5 cm / 2 inch diameter) cut about 25 little circles and pop them on to a greased baking tray to rise again, make sure there is a sufficient gap between each of them. Cover with damp tea towel and allow to rise for about 45 mins.
4. When the dough has doubled in size again, use a chopstick to make a little hole in the centre. Now, heat the vegetable oil in a large deep saucepan then fry your doughnuts for until golden brown (app 2 mins).
I love the doughnut balls. So I just roll the dough into a golf ball size.
Here are the yummy doughnuts... MmmMmmm