Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Daring Bakers-DONUTS!

I was so excited when I saw that the challenge for the month was donuts(Sorry, out here that is how we spell it:))!  The only donuts I have ever made consisted of the premade biscuit dough and all it required of me was to cut a hole in the middle and set it in the hot oil.  Consequently, I was happy to be faced with the challenge of making donuts from scratch!
The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious.

I chose Alton Brown's  recipe which received rave reviews.

I mixed the dough up last night and then left it in the fridge for the "first rise" since we were leaving to go to the movies.  (We saw "Waiting for Superman" which I highly recommend!) It was nice to wake up in the morning and see the bowl full of dough all puffed up and ready to roll out.
Here's my donuts waiting for the oil to heat up.  This recipe made an ample amount:)  I have been baking a lot this week and haven't really had the time for a full clean up of the kitchen.  I almost took a photo to show you the disaster;) After I post this, cleaning up my baking mess will be my first order of business.
I was so happy with the results of this recipe! I decided to go for the easy route by rolling all of the donuts in sugar.  I knew I couldn't go wrong with sugar, and plus I didn't want to add to my kitchen mess by making icing. The hint of grated nutmeg in the donuts was not overshadowed by the sugar-YUM!
The positive reviews for Alton's recipe were spot on!  I love raised donuts!  Cake donuts? Not so much.
Some of my delicious donut stash!

Yeast Doughnuts

Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2004

Prep Time:   25 min
Inactive Prep Time: 1 hr 50 min
Cook Time:  12 min
Level:  Intermediate
Serve:  20 to 25 doughnuts


  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 1/2 ounces vegetable shortening, approximately 1/3 cup
  • 2 packages instant yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm water (95 to 105 degrees F)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 23 ounces all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting surface
  • Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying (1 to 1/2 gallons, depending on fryer)


Place the milk in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat just until warm enough to melt the shortening. Place the shortening in a bowl and pour warmed milk over. Set aside.

In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and let dissolve for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, pour the yeast mixture into the large bowl of a stand mixer and add the milk and shortening mixture, first making sure the milk and shortening mixture has cooled to lukewarm. Add the eggs, sugar, salt, nutmeg, and half of the flour. Using the paddle attachment, combine the ingredients on low speed until flour is incorporated and then turn the speed up to medium and beat until well combined. Add the remaining flour, combining on low speed at first, and then increase the speed to medium and beat well. Change to the dough hook attachment of the mixer and beat on medium speed until the dough pulls away from the bowl and becomes smooth, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a well-oiled bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

On a well-floured surface, roll out dough to 3/8-inch thick. Cut out dough using a 2 1/2-inch doughnut cutter or pastry ring and using a 7/8-inch ring for the center whole. Set on floured baking sheet, cover lightly with a tea towel, and let rise for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 365 degrees F. Gently place the doughnuts into the oil, 3 to 4 at a time. Cook for 1 minute per side. Transfer to a cooling rack placed in baking pan. Allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes prior to glazing, if desired.
Thank you Lori for the fun, fantastic challenge!  It's a perfect fall treat!


  1. Well worth a messy kitchen!!

    They look delicious.

  2. These look great!! I LOVE donuts. The sugared ones, and I love the twisty chocolate ones too. You definitely conquered this challenge :)

  3. WOW, that's quite a donut spread. You nailed this challenge for sure! :)

  4. they look fantastic! so light and perfectly colored.

  5. Your doughnuts look so delicious! Wonderful job on the challenge!

  6. Wow, your donuts look so perfect! They are perfectly round and so fluffy inside!

  7. They look so yummy! You did great job!

  8. Your donuts look amazing. I've been wanting to make homemade donuts (my daughters keep asking me). This looks like a great recipe.

  9. Your doughnuts look so amazingly fluffy. The doughnut holes are really cute too.

  10. Gorgeous donuts! Nice to know you can put the dough in the fridge, I'll have to do that next time. I think it was nearly 11 before we ate ours.

  11. Beautiful donuts! Love how they all evenly shaped while waiting to be fried... And I wish I would have baked yeast donuts instead of Bomboloni..

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  12. Okay those look amazing. I was at the store today looking for just these, to buy! And there you are making them from scratch! I wish I had your talent and patience. But what do you do with all your goodies? I know you don't eat them all by yourself!

  13. Lillianna, I dole out the goodies to family, friends and co-workers whenever I can! :)

  14. Oh these are perfect donuts(yes I spell them like this!)! Perfect! I didn't get the chance to try this recipe but so want to now!

  15. Your doughnuts look delicious! After reading all the Daring Baker posts this week, I'm having serious doughnut envy.

  16. Oh, I love donuts. Donuts are like a little slice of heaven! But I've never made them before. Yours look delicious!!!!

  17. Wow. These are perfect. I've never fried doughnuts before. I am going to have to try some.

  18. Ooooh, these look so yummy! I have never made donuts the "proper" way ... you know in oil. I have made baked ones ... but they do not taste the same ...

  19. Your doughnuts look perfect! YUM! And thanks for the movie tip. I always like a good movie!

  20. I'm more of a fan of yeast donuts (I spell it the same way!) myself. They look delicious.

  21. Thanks for your comments, Sue! There were about 15 of us including two Dads and the male Principal who always loves frying the cannoli! I must add he does a great job!

  22. Sue - wow, those are some grand donuts! They're so puffy and tall! Eat your heart out Dunkin' LOL That said, lots of people laughed or looked horrified when they saw my donut eyeballs, which means I'm definitely making them for Halloween LOL

  23. I have never done this either. How fun! And tasty for sure! I'm a sucker for the donut holes though!

  24. WOW! What a great effort! Your doughnuts look perfect!

    Well done!

  25. Beautiful donuts! They could be on a cover of a magazine, just perfect. You make them sound do-able.