Doughnuts or Donuts have become a staple confection in many countries around and is usually prepared in the form of fried sweet dough and served hot or cold as snack or dessert. It can be homemade or purchased in any bakery outlet and it comes in three preferably shapes: torus (ring) shape, Long John and round doughnut (without a hole) known as Fánk.
To try your creative skills on homemade doughnuts, all the ingredients you need are listed below:
Ingredients for Doughnuts
3 cups (340 to 425 grams) all-purpose flour – this includes extra for rolling out the dough
1/2 cup granulated sugar
60 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 teaspoons instant yeast
180 ml lukewarm water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Vegetable oil for deep frying
For the Glaze:
2 cups (227 grams) powdered sugar
Combine the lukewarm water and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
Add the sugar, salt, butter, egg yolk, egg, vanilla extract and 2½ cups of the flour. Knead on low speed or by hand until a dough begins to form. If the dough is quite sticky, add more flour, a tablespoon at a time until a soft, tacky dough forms so that it can clear the sides of the bowl.
Live the dough inside the bowl, cover with a clean dish towel or plastic wrap and keep in a warm, dry spot for 2 hours.
On a floured clean and smooth surface, roll the dough out to a 1/2 inch thickness. Using a doughnut cutter (or use one larger and one smaller round cutters) dip in flour, and start cutting out the doughnuts and place on a lined baking sheet. Mold any leftover dough scraps into balls for more doughnut shaping.
Once all the shapes are formed, cover with the dish towel and allow to proof (rise) for 30-45 mins, depending on the room temperature, the warmer, the faster the dough would proofs.
Heat the vegetable oil in a large deep frying pan (or in a deep bottom wide skillet or pot) under a medium-low heat. Gently drop the doughnuts into the oil, taking care not to overcrowd the pan and fry until golden brown.
Once each batch is done, remove from oil and place on the cooling rack. Follow up with another batch until all of the doughnuts fried.
For the Glaze: In a medium bowl, sprinkle the powdered sugar and dip each side of the doughnut into the glaze and serve.
Types of Doughnuts
Besides its variety of shapes – cake, raised or piped, and whether fried or baked, there are different types of doughnuts ranging from fruit frosted to chocolate coated.
Chocolate Kreme-Filled Donut
Bavarian Kreme-Filled Donut
Most Popular Doughnuts in the United States
It is marveling how diverse this confection has become that bakers keep trying to satisfy all our taste buds by creating different delicious, mouth-watering donut flavors. There are 15 most popular doughnuts in the US according to a survey by The Things.com and below is the count down to the best
#15. Lemon Cream Donut
#14. Apple Fritter Donut
#13. Cinnamon Donut
# 12. Sugar Donut
#11. Custard Donuts
#8. Powdered Donut
#7. Maple Donuts
#1. Glazed Donut