Crispy and Creamy Donuts

Crispy and Creamy Donuts
Crispy and Creamy Donuts

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

  • 2

    (.25 ounce) envelopesactive dry yeast

  • 1/4

    cupwarm water (105 to 115 degrees)

  • 1 1/2

    cupslukewarm milk

  • 1/2

    cupwhite sugar

  • 1

    teaspoonsalt

  • 2

    eggs

  • 1/3

    cupshortening

  • 5

    cupsall-purpose flour

  • 1

    quartvegetable oil for frying

  • 1/3

    cupbutter

  • 2

    cupsconfectioners' sugar

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoonsvanilla

  • 4

    tablespoonshot water or as needed

Directions

1.Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water, and let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy. 2.In a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix for a few minutes at low speed, or stirring with a wooden spoon. Beat in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough into a greased bowl, and cover. Set in a warm place to rise until double. Dough is ready if you touch it, and the indention remains. 3.Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter. Let doughnuts sit out to rise again until double. Cover loosely with a cloth. 4.Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in hot water one tablespoon at a time until the icing is somewhat thin, but not watery. Set aside. 5.Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Slide doughnuts into the hot oil using a wide spatula. Turn doughnuts over as they rise to the surface. Fry doughnuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from hot oil, to drain on a wire rack. Dip doughnuts into the glaze while still hot, and set onto wire racks to drain off excess. Keep a cookie sheet or tray under racks for easier clean up.

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