This recipe will make such pillowy soft Donuts that you won’t be able to stop at one. Ofcourse I did a recipe previously of baked Donuts but I had to make some fried ones too.
Now some things to keep in mind. You need to use a good brand of dry active yeast. It’s all about activating that yeast. If you get that right then your dough will rise and you will get those beautiful air pockets.
The recipe is as follows:
🌺 Take one cup of blood temperature milk. Now that means when you dip your finger in it should not burn or feel cold. It should feel at your body temperature. Add in 2 tbsp of castor sugar in it and 2 tbsp of active dry yeast. It will take a few minutes for the yeast to activate. How to tell it’s activated? It will start to bubble and you will be able to get that beautiful scent of the yeast.
🌺Now I would prefer if you are a using stand mixer only working the dough. It’s easy and gets that dough worked up so well. But no worries if you don’t have one. Just use your hands. It might take some nice elbow grease to work that dough.
🌺Add in 2 room temperature egg yolks into the yeast mix. Take a fork and mix in the eggs.
🌺 Add in 50gms of melted room temperature butter to the liquid mix and keep aside.
🌺 Sift in 4 cups of flour and 2 tbsp of baking powder and a pinch of salt in a bowl and make a centre in the middle. Now do take half of the flour mix aside to adjust the liquid and dry ratio later. Add in some liquid and put the bowl on the stand mixer. You will need to use the dough hook. Do the same thing if using your hands. Mix in the liquid to form a soft dough. You will need to adjust the ratio and if your dough is coming in too sloppy don’t worry just add in some more flour. Not many recipes ask you to add in oil to the dough. I did add one small teaspoon and it made the doughnuts super soft. You can skip this part if you want.
🌺 Take a seperate bigger bowl and brush it well with oil. Keep the dough in it and cover it with a cling wrap and cover it with a tea towel. You need to keep the dough in a warm room for the dough to double up. So if your kitchen is not warm enough there is a neat trick. Just preheat your oven and warm it up. Switch off the oven and keep the dough bowl in it for half hour. Mind you the temperature of the oven should not be less. The dough needs a warm environment to rise.
🌺In half hour the dough will rise up and become double. I waited till two hours. Ofcourse you don’t need to. Just take out the dough and flour your working surface. Take the dough out and work it with your hands to release the gluten. Work it for 5 minutes.
🌺 Take rolling pin and dust it with flour. The dough needs to be an inch thick before you can cut it. Take a cookie cutter and cut circles. You can use a glass if you don’t have these. Spread the circles on a baking tray lined up with parchment paper. Cover these with a tea towel and let them rise again for atleast 30 mins.
🌺 Once they double in size you can fry them. Now the temperature of your oil should be at 150 degrees. It’s too technical and I didn’t take any temperature. Just used my instinct. Took a small dough that was left over from cutting circles. Rub it into a tiny ball in your hand. Then drop it in the oil. If it floats up and browns it means your oil is ready. Neat trick right. Just add one doughnut to fry at a time. Tap the top of the doughnut to know of it’s cooked from within. If a hollow sound comes it means its done. Remove it on a tissue paper to soak in the excess oil.
🌺Keep some Castor sugar aside. I did add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder to it.
🌺 Take a pair of tongs and roll your doughnut while it’s still hot in castor sugar. That way the sugar will stick to your doughnuts. Pro tip: You can do this step twice, once when you are done with all the doughnuts. That’s how I got so much sugar on my doughnuts.
🌺For the chocolate filling. Melt 2 cups
of dark chocolate and put it in a sturdy piping bag fitted with a round tip. Just make a small incision in the bottom of the doughnut and pipe it. You will get the hang of how much to fill after a doughnut or two.
🌺 I did make a small incision in the front to get that goeey look of chocolate coming out. A small one will do. Eat them hot! 😀
Also never keep your doughnuts for more than 8 hrs. They are to be had immediately guys. 😀😄