Donuts! Those lovely pillowy fried discs of dough that everyone loves. In the last couple of years they have become quite a trendy treat, right up there with the ever popular cupcake. It is not enough to have a humble glazed donut anymore, oh no, now we want them topped with everything from candied bacon to crushed macarons!!
I, however will stick to the tried and true here. Jam filled and chocolate hazelnut. Before I ventured into the world of donut making I thought that they would be complicated to master, but honestly they are so easy to make! The hardest part was eating just one (or two)!
This is what you will need to get these going! Start about 3 hours before you want to eat them.
160ml milk, lukewarm
Pinch of salt
4 egg yolks, large
Zest of 1 lemon
50g melted unsalted butter
Vegetable oil for frying.
For Filling: I used a chocolate hazelnut spread and raspberry jam. Of course you can use any filling you like.
Dust with Cinnamon sugar or icing sugar. We also added sprinkles to a few or nuts are great as well.
We made 20 medium-sized donuts with this amount.
Start off by making your yeast sponge. Combine the yeast,half the milk and 1/2 tsp each of the flour and sugar. Wait until this starts to froth. This should take about 10 minutes or so.
In a bowl mix the remaining flour and sugar along with the salt. To this add your yeast sponge including the rest of the ingredients except the melted butter. Beat until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl. Add the butter and knead until you have a nice smooth dough.
Proof for 1 hour or so, covered.
When the dough has risen, roll it out. Make sure that your dough is not rolled out too thin. Using round cutters of your liking cut out the shape and let proof a second time for 1 hour.
When the hour is up it is time to fry.
Add the oil to a high sided saucepan to about 5-6 cm. Heat to about 150-160 C.
Add the discs of dough and after 2 minutes turn until golden and cooked through. This should take about 5 minutes or so.
Drain onto paper towels and start filling with the chocolate hazelnut or the jam filling. Dust with the icing sugar or the cinnamon sugar.
These are best eaten fresh and warm. Enjoy!
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