Homemade Franchise-Style Doughnuts

Makes 36 medium doughnuts

Photo by Aimee S.

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4

    cup warm water (100-110 degrees F)

  • 2

    tablespoons rapid-rise yeast

  • 1 1/2

    cups warm milk

  • 2/3

    cup sugar

  • 1 1/4

    teaspoon salt

  • 2

    large eggs

  • 1/3

    cup shortening

  • 5

    cups, approximately, all-purpose flour

  • Vegetable oil or shortening, for frying

Directions

In a mixer bowl, hand-whisk warm water and yeast together and let stand for 2-3 minutes to dissolve yeast. Briskly whisk in milk, sugar, salt and eggs and blend. Add shortening and most of the flour and blend. Then knead with a dough hook on low speed only until smooth (it is not necssary to knead this dough a long time). Remove dough hook and spray dough lightly wtih nonstick cooking spray. Cover entire mixer and bowl with a large clear plastic bag (I just used plastic wrap). Let dough rise 50-60 minutes or until almost doubled. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface and gently deflate. Roll to 1/2-inch thickness and, using a doughnut cutter, cut into doughnuts. (Each doughnut should weigh just under 2 ounces of raw dough.) Cover doughnuts loosely with plastic wrap and let rise 20-40 minutes. Heat vegetable oil or shortening in a fryer (or wok) to 350 degrees. Slide in doughnuts, a few at a time, and fry about 1 minute per side. Remove from oil onto a wire rack set over parchment paper. Creamy Butter Glaze 1/2 cup unsalted butter 2 cups confectioners' sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 4 - 6 tablespoons hot water 1 ounce semisweet chocolate, optional Melt butter and then whisk it in a medium bowl with confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and hot water. Smear doughnuts in glaze. Let set and smear again. For chocolate glaze, if desired, add 1 ounce melted chocolate to one entire recipe of Creamy Butter Glaze. Smear doughnuts in Chocolate Glaze.

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