Probably the best dessert in the world
There's nothing like the smell of a fresh donut, simply rolled in sugar and eaten whilst hot. But its not the only way to eat a donut is it? Lets take a look at how to make a donut, how to cook a donut and best of all, how we prepare a donut with delicious toppings, ready for eating.
I'm no chef, believe me
If I can make donut, then anybody can. Put simply, by the time you get to the end of this hub you'll be able to make the perfect donut, well, something that hopefully tastes and looks similar to a donut, with a choice of different toppings. I'll even teach you how to knead the dough. Failing that, if you still don't fancy making the donuts yourself why not buy a donut maker from the donut maker section that are for sale on Amazon.
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The Easiest Way to Make a Donut
Right, I'll give them a go. What do I need?
If you have decided to be brave and want to have a go at making real homemade donuts to be proud of, you are going to need some basic equipment. Lets take a look at what you will need.
- A table or flat surface to work on, preferbly a hard surface. Not soft like a bed.
- A pini (If you're a messy chef like I am)
- A mixing bowl. You need something to mix the ingredients in.
- A tablespoon, a teaspoon, a mixing spoon.
- Measuring jug
- All the cooking ingredients needed to make the donuts, see receipe below. (Its always better to check you have all the ingredients in the correct quantities before you begin, unlike I did on my first attempt)
- An oven (if baking the donuts), deep fat fryer or frying pan or similar cooking devise that will allow the donuts to be cooked.
- Permission from the wife, if your like me. Im not allowed to cook that often. I could burn a salad.
A few of the basics before you begin
How do I knead the dough, I hear you say?
Kneading is what you need to do to the dough mix once you have mixed all the ingredients together in bowl. Kneading basically means working and stretching the dough mix, either by hand or using an electric mixer with a dough hook. The kneading of the dough, makes it smoother and softer. It also develops the elasticity of the gluten in the flour. It also incorporates air into the mix as well as making sure all the additional ingredients are thourghly mixed together. Follow the instruction below, or watch the video to become a perfect kneader.
-Turn out the dough mix onto a lightly floured work surface.
-There is a 3 stage fomula for kneading the dough and it's this - FOLD - PUSH - TURN
Simply fold the dough in half, push dough away from you using the heel of one hand to stetch it, then turn the dough a quarter turn, and beging again, FOLD - PUSH - TURN.
-Continue to knead the dough until the dough is soft and elastic, this should take about 6 - 8 minutes. The dough is ready when it springs back to the touch of your fingers.
How to knead dough
A simple donut receipe
Ingredients you will need to make the perfect donut
- 1 tablespoon of yeast
- 150ml/5¼fl oz warmed milk
- 1 free-range egg, beaten
- 225gram/8oz plain flour, plus a bit extra for dusting
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 50g/2oz of melted butter
- 4 tablespoons caster sugar
- 300ml/10½fl oz vegetable oil, for deep-frying
- Topping of your choice
Preparation of ingredients to make donuts
Mix the yeast with half a teaspoon of the sugar and two tablespoons of the warm milk. Place in a warm place to rest for 15 minutes, or until frothy.
Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Stir in one tablespoon of the caster sugar.
Make a large well in the flour and pour in the yeast mix, the rest of the milk, the butter that you have melted and the beaten egg. Mix up all the ingredients in the bowl to make a soft dough and then knead with clean, floured hands, then cover the bowl and leave to stand for 45 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size.
Lightly flour a work surface and knead the dough for a good 6 - 8 minutes, then divide into 12 equal donuts. You now need to decide what shape you are going to make the doughnuts. You could use a donut cutter to cut out the shape or you can shape them like sausages then join together at the ends to create the donut shape or make whole dough balls ready for filling with jam. Once you have shaped, place the donuts in a warm place for 30 minutes. The donuts should have doubled in size again.
Heat the oil in a deep frying pan until it reaches 190C/375F. To test the temperature of the fat to see if it is ready to fry the donuts you can gently drop a small cube of bread into the fat, the bread should sizzle and turn golden in 30 seconds. * Remember, hot oil can be very dangerous. Never leave hot oil unattended.
Gently place the donuts, one at a time into the heated oil. Cook the donuts in batches of two or three at a time. Fry the donuts for 3-5 minutes or until golden-brown on one side, then carefully turn over to fry the other side. Remove the donut from the hot oil with a spoon one at a time and drain on kitchen paper or draining rack.
Allow the donuts to cool a little, then sprinkle the hot donuts with the remaining sugar. If you are making round donuts in the shape of a ball then you may want to make a small slit in the donut with the tip of a knife, and fill with a teaspoon of your favorite jam. Or read or watch the video below to learn about other donut toppings you may want to try.
3 Simple donut toppings
Donut toppings and fillings
Once you have made your donuts you may want to try adding a few different toppings to your donuts. On the first occasion I made some donuts, and a few since, I might add. I had to make some more donuts because I just simply sprinkled them with sugar and ate them. Helped by the rest of my donut loving family or course.
But let's say you resisted from eating your homemade donuts straight away and you have decided to try a few different types of toppings for your donuts. With donut toppings and fillings, you are only limited by your imagination when it comes to thinking what you can top your donut with. But if you want a few ideas to get you going have a look at a few favorites of mine below.
When your donuts are cooked simply toss the donuts in sugar whilst still warm. This allows the sugar to stick to the outside of the donut. To make your sugar topping a little more interesting why not first mix cinamon or nutmeg into your sugar to make a flavoursome twist to just ordinary sugar donut topping.
My favorite. But I love chocolote. Wait until your donuts are cold then simply dip one half of the donut into melted chocolate. You could coat the whole donut, but that would be naughty, wouldn't it.
As above, wait until the donuts are cold, then dip one side (or the whole donut if your really naughty, into the icing. You could flavour the icing with vanilla or other flavours to give a flavoured twist to your icing topping.
Hundreds and Thousands
If you have decided to top your donut with chocolate or icing sugar, you could go one step further and add a decorative twist by topping your topping with hundreds and thousands. Once you have dipped your donut in the topping place on a flat surface and then sprinkle the hundreds and thousands over the top before the topping have set hard.
Donut fillings are for ball shaped donuts. To be able to fill a donut properly (this allows the filling to be placed in the cetre of the donut) you need a piping bag with a long, thin nozzle. Simply fill the piping bag with your chosen filling and then inject the donut with the nozzle and squirt the desired amount of topping into the donut.
Fillings you could use include: Custard, jam or soft cheese. (If it takes your fancy)
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