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donutsHow to make doughnuts

Seven simple steps surely satisfy sweet seekers

Doughnuts or donuts? No matter how you spell it, this bulletproof recipe is so good you'll want to kick off your shoes and wiggle your toes.

1. Gather the Ingredients

You'll need:

❑  4 cups all-purpose flour
❑  2 teaspoons baking powder
❑  1/4 teaspoon salt
❑  2 eggs
❑  1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
❑  1 teaspoon vanilla
❑  2/3 cup milk
❑  1/4 cup butter, melted
❑  vegetable oil or shortening for deep-frying
❑  desired coating or icing

2. Make the Batter

In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes or until thick. In a small bowl combine milk and melted butter.

Add the flour mixture and milk mixture alternately to the egg mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Cover and chill the dough for 2 to 4 hours.

3. Prepare the Coating, Glaze, or Icing

About a half-hour before the end of the chilling time, get the coating, glaze, or icing ready for the doughnuts. Coatings and toppings should be prepared before you start to fry the doughnuts, as they should be applied while the fried doughnuts are still slightly warm. Doughnuts can simply be coated with powdered sugar or granulated sugar. Place the sugar in a shallow dish, such as a pie plate. Or you can ice the tops of the doughnuts with one of the following:

Chocolate Glaze: In a small saucepan melt 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate and 3 tablespoons butter over low heat. Remove from heat. Stir in 3 cups powdered sugar and 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Stir in 4 to 5 tablespoons warm water until the glaze coats the back of the spoon.

Powdered Sugar Icing: In a small bowl combine 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk or orange juice, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in additional milk or juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the icing reaches drizzling consistency.

Chocolate Powdered Sugar Icing: Prepare Powdered Sugar Icing as directed, except add 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder to the powdered sugar and use milk, not orange juice.

Toppings: You can top iced donuts with chopped nuts, flaked coconut, or candy sprinkles. Have these ready to go as well.

4. Roll the Dough

On a well-floured surface, roll the dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Do not stir additional flour into the dough; this can cause the finished product to be heavy and dry.

5. Cut the Dough

Use a floured 2-1/2-inch doughnut cutter to cut the dough into rings. Dip the cutter into flour between cuts to prevent the dough from sticking to the cutter. Each cut should produce one doughnut and one doughnut hole.

Reroll dough scraps as necessary to make about 16 doughnuts and 16 doughnut holes.

6. Fry the Doughnuts

If using an electric deep-fat fryer, heat the oil to 365°F according to manufacturer's directions. Or, in a heavy, deep large saucepan, heat the oil to 365°F.

Tip: The amount of oil you'll need depends on the fryer you use. Follow manufacturer's directions if using a deep-fryer. If you are using a heavy, deep large saucepan, you'll want to pour the oil to a depth of about 4 inches -- deep enough allow the doughnuts to float in the oil.

Ease a doughnut into the heated oil with a long-handled slotted spoon, taking care not to let the oil spatter. Fry the doughnuts, two or three at a time, in the oil for 2 to 3 minutes or until they are golden brown, turning once.

Remove the doughnuts with the slotted spoon, allowing excess oil to drain back into the fryer or pan.

Drain the doughnuts on paper towels.

Repeat with remaining doughnuts.

Cool the doughnuts slightly.

7. Coat or Ice the Doughnuts

Add these optional finishing touches while the doughnuts are still slightly warm:

To coat the doughnuts with powdered sugar or granulated sugar, simply roll them in the sugar until coated on all sides.

To glaze, dip the tops of the doughnuts in the Chocolate Glaze, Powdered Sugar Icing, or Chocolate Powdered Sugar Icing (see Step 3, above). If desired, sprinkle iced doughnuts with chopped nuts, flaked coconut, or candy sprinkles. Allow the doughnuts to dry on a wire cooling rack.

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1. Gather the Ingredients

You'll need:

❑  4 cups all-purpose flour
❑  2 teaspoons baking powder
❑  1/4 teaspoon salt
❑  2 eggs
❑  1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
❑  1 teaspoon vanilla
❑  2/3 cup milk
❑  1/4 cup butter, melted
❑  vegetable oil or shortening for deep-frying
❑  desired coating or icing

2. Make the Batter

In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes or until thick. In a small bowl combine milk and melted butter.

Add the flour mixture and milk mixture alternately to the egg mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Cover and chill the dough for 2 to 4 hours.

3. Prepare the Coating, Glaze, or Icing

About a half-hour before the end of the chilling time, get the coating, glaze, or icing ready for the doughnuts. Coatings and toppings should be prepared before you start to fry the doughnuts, as they should be applied while the fried doughnuts are still slightly warm. Doughnuts can simply be coated with powdered sugar or granulated sugar. Place the sugar in a shallow dish, such as a pie plate. Or you can ice the tops of the doughnuts with one of the following:

Chocolate Glaze: In a small saucepan melt 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate and 3 tablespoons butter over low heat. Remove from heat. Stir in 3 cups powdered sugar and 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Stir in 4 to 5 tablespoons warm water until the glaze coats the back of the spoon.

Powdered Sugar Icing: In a small bowl combine 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk or orange juice, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in additional milk or juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the icing reaches drizzling consistency.

Chocolate Powdered Sugar Icing: Prepare Powdered Sugar Icing as directed, except add 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder to the powdered sugar and use milk, not orange juice.

Toppings: You can top iced donuts with chopped nuts, flaked coconut, or candy sprinkles. Have these ready to go as well.

4. Roll the Dough

On a well-floured surface, roll the dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Do not stir additional flour into the dough; this can cause the finished product to be heavy and dry.

5. Cut the Dough

Use a floured 2-1/2-inch doughnut cutter to cut the dough into rings. Dip the cutter into flour between cuts to prevent the dough from sticking to the cutter. Each cut should produce one doughnut and one doughnut hole.

Reroll dough scraps as necessary to make about 16 doughnuts and 16 doughnut holes.

6. Fry the Doughnuts

If using an electric deep-fat fryer, heat the oil to 365°F according to manufacturer's directions. Or, in a heavy, deep large saucepan, heat the oil to 365°F.

Tip: The amount of oil you'll need depends on the fryer you use. Follow manufacturer's directions if using a deep-fryer. If you are using a heavy, deep large saucepan, you'll want to pour the oil to a depth of about 4 inches -- deep enough allow the doughnuts to float in the oil.

Ease a doughnut into the heated oil with a long-handled slotted spoon, taking care not to let the oil spatter. Fry the doughnuts, two or three at a time, in the oil for 2 to 3 minutes or until they are golden brown, turning once.

Remove the doughnuts with the slotted spoon, allowing excess oil to drain back into the fryer or pan.

Drain the doughnuts on paper towels.

Repeat with remaining doughnuts.

Cool the doughnuts slightly.

7. Coat or Ice the Doughnuts

Add these optional finishing touches while the doughnuts are still slightly warm:

To coat the doughnuts with powdered sugar or granulated sugar, simply roll them in the sugar until coated on all sides.

To glaze, dip the tops of the doughnuts in the Chocolate Glaze, Powdered Sugar Icing, or Chocolate Powdered Sugar Icing (see Step 3, above). If desired, sprinkle iced doughnuts with chopped nuts, flaked coconut, or candy sprinkles. Allow the doughnuts to dry on a wire cooling rack.