Sunday, 18 September 2011

For The Love of Doughnut Babies!

7g Dried Yeast
3 Tablespoons of warm water
1 1/2 Cups of Luke Warm Milk
1/2 Cup of Castor Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Salt
2 Eggs
75g Butter Softened in little cubes
625g Plain Bread Flour + 3 Extra Cups for security purposes
Cinamon Sugar - 2 Cups of Sugar & 2 Tablespoons of Cinnamon
Sprinkle yeast over warm water and allow to sit until bubbly.
In a large bowl or in your mixer with the dough attachment add the yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, butter and half the flour. Mix on low for a few minutes. Scrape down the sides of the mixture and give it a good stir. Add in the remaining flour and mix on low until a dough forms. Now for the extra flour. I have modified this website recipe as it did not come together into a nice dough. I had to add 3 extra cups of flour to get it to come together. I also only used half the butter that they recommended. (I hate it when you google a recipe and it's not right, drives me batty!)
Place the dough in a bowl and cover. Allow to double in size. Then tip it out onto a floured bench, bash out all the air and roll it out like cookie dough. I had it at about 1cm thick. We used cookie cutters dipped in flour to make shapes. But Alex like the little doughnut men so we mostly used those. Keep the bits and pieces left over. I used them to test the heat of the oil and they were just as delicious also. Place them on a lined baking tray and allow them to proof until they puff up like the photo above.
Now for the frying. I used my electric Wok. It was excellent and a great way to keep the oil the right temperature about 175 degrees. I hovered mine between the 8 & 10 setting on the Wok. Use one of the test pieces and if the oil is bubbling away nicely round the edges your set. Once browned to golden on one side, flip them over with a slotted spoon and allow them to brown on the other. Pull them out, drain on absorbent paper and while still hot dump them in Cinnamon sugar. We used one cup of sugar to every tablespoon of Cinnamon.
They were delicious. I had Kids and Husband in toe grabbing them before I could even finish the next batch. Enjoy them!