Instead of putting caster sugar on top, I like to use sifted powdered sugar. It looks like snow covered donuts and so I call them my "snowy donuts".
For the dough, I use the same recipe as the one I use to make buns. I have modified the recipe a bit though. Instead of just using bread flour, I mix in some whole wheat flour as well. So below is the dough recipe I've been using and I like it a lot. Mind you, I'm using a bread maker to make the dough.
Bun and Donut Dough Recipe
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 1/2 cup butter (I usually just use a fork to chip my frozen butter into chunks)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla essence (If omitted also okay. I ran out of it and the dough still tastes good)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 4 cups bread flour (or sometimes they call it high protein flour)
- 1/2 cup sugar (I usually put less than that. It's okay if it doesn't reach the 1/2 cup measuring line).
- 3 tsp yeast (Pile on top of the sugar. The yeast feeds on the sugar).
This is what my donut cutter looks like, just in case you were wondering. Flatten the dough first (either with your hand or rolling pin). Then use the cutter to press out the shape, just like you do when making shapes with a cookie cutter. Make sure you sprinkle some flour on your hands, rolling pin and table surface so the dough doesn't stick.
Cover your dough with a cloth and then leave it for about 45 min, so it will rise again. After which you just fry them in oil. They cook pretty fast so make sure the oil is not too hot, or you will end up with very black donuts.
So, if you want to save some money, you can try to make your own donuts instead of splurging at Dunkin' Donuts.
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