At the beginning of January I set 12 culinary goals for myself. The first was to make homemade, from scratch fried donuts. I have made a couple of baked versions and they were fantastic but there is nothing like a real fried donut.
When I found this amazing recipe from Dessert for Two that makes just 6 donuts I jumped on it.
Not that I don’t want to eat a dozen or two donuts myself, but my jeans were screaming DON’T DO IT!
Christina’s recipe called for a simple glaze to top the donuts, which sounded great, but for me a donut needs to be chocolate dipped!
So I subbed out her glaze for a simple chocolate one. AH-MAZING!
What you need,
For the donuts,
3 cups of canola oil for frying
1 cup + 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. salt
1 egg yolk
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ tbsp. unsalted butter, melted (as usual I used salted butter and omitted the salt)
¼ cup milk (I used 1%, it is just what I had)
¼ tsp. vanilla
For the glaze,
1 cup icing sugar
¼ cup butter
2 tbsp. milk or cream
½ tbsp. light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
To make the donuts,
Start by heating the oil in a large heavy bottomed pot with high sides over medium high heat until it reaches 370 degrees.
In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, nutmeg and salt.
In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolk and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the butter and milk.
Add the wet ingredients into the dry and fold together until just combined, don’t over mix.
Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface to about ¼ inch thick.
Use a 3 inch round cookie cutter to punch out 6 donuts. Use a smaller cutter to punch the holes, I used a piping tip.
Once the oil has reached 370 degrees drop in 3 donuts at a time and fry for 15-20 seconds until golden brown, flip and cook another 15 seconds or so until the second side is also golden brown.
Remove the donuts from the hot oil and place on a wire rack to cool.
Repeat the cooking process with the remaining donuts.
To make the glaze, combine the milk, corn syrup, vanilla and butter in a small pot. Over medium heat cook the mixture until the butter has melted. Reduce the heat to low and add the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate fully melts and the mixture is smooth.
Off heat, stir in the icing sugar until smooth.
Dip one side of the cooled donuts into the glaze and then return them to the cooling rack to let the glaze set up, about 30 minutes.
I was surprised how easy these donuts were to make. The dough came together really quickly and was easy to work with.
They frying process took mere minutes.
They tasted fan-friggin-tastic! My in house taste tester said they were better than any store bought donut he has ever had‼
It is a dangerous recipe, I fear I may be making WAY too many of these tasty treats.
Let’s take a quick minute to talk about Christina at Dessert for Two. This girl is a genius! She takes dessert recipes that usually feed a crowd and pares them down to feed just 2‼ Her recipes are fantastic, I suggest right after you go make these donuts you pop over and visit her blog, you won’t’ be sorry‼
Recipe from Dessert for Two