Making doughnuts at home is fun, and the results are very rewarding. As with any new culinary adventure, you need to figure out where you want to go, and map out your journey.
You’ll likely be making one of two types of doughnuts. The light, fluffy, yeast doughnuts or the cakelike doughnuts prepared using a chemical leavener such as baking powder.
Yeast doughnuts are bread and require the skills of at least a novice baker. You will need to prepare dough, and work with that dough to create your doughnut shapes. If you are new to bread making, than what better place to start.
Once your dough has risen, you will roll the dough out flat, cut shapes with a doughnut cutter, and deep fry the doughnuts and doughnut holes in hot frying fat until they are golden brown.
Deep-frying is also a skill that can be mastered with practice. Doughnuts can be deep-fried in a deep fryer. They can also be prepared in a deep pot. The pot must be tall enough to allow for a good amount of frying fat with ample space from the top of the hot fat to the rim of the pot to avoid any possible safety hazard of hot oil overflowing onto a hot stovetop burner.
If you are baking your doughnuts, then likely your recipe will be prepared batter style. You prepare your batter and then spoon or pipe the batter equally into the cavities in a special 6-cavity nonstick doughnut pan. The doughnuts are baked in a preheated oven until golden brown.
A deep-fryer is a nice piece of equipment to own, and makes preparing doughnuts an easier task. A deep pot or cast iron skillet are both nice choices for deep-frying as well.
A kitchen thermometer serves double duty in many doughnut recipes. It is handy for measuring the temperature of the water when proofing yeast, and for measuring the temperature of the frying fat before you begin frying your doughnuts.
All of the serious talk aside, once you get the hang of making doughnuts you’ll think more about what you want to frost, glaze, and decorate them with, or whether you want to double your recipe because they disappear so quick.
Baked or deep-fried, both methods result in delicious baked goods ready to be decorated and devoured. Master a couple basic doughnut recipes and the sky is the limit when it comes to topping them with sugary goodness.
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11 Doughnut Recipes:
Here are some of our favorite doughnut recipes from around the food blogosphere:
Baked Doughnuts –
Baked Funfetti Donuts – at Sallys Baking Addiction
Baked Banana Donuts with Nutella Glaze Recipe – at I an a Food Blog
Baked Ginger Glazed Doughnuts – at Shutterbean
Buttermilk Cake Doughnuts Fresh Strawberry Glaze – at Simply Scratch
Carrot Cake Doughnuts – at Emily Bites
Fried Doughnuts –
Buttermilk Doughnuts with Cherry Glaze – at Love Bakes Good Cakes
Cake Doughnuts Recipe – at Joy of Baking
Chocolate Chocolate Donut – at Table for Two Blog
Glazed Peanut Butter Jelly Doughnuts – at Half Baked Harvest
Homemade Glazed Doughnuts – at The Pioneer Woman
Russian Ponchiki Doughnuts – at Dinner with Julie