This recipe was adapted from foodnetwork.com
Homemade Doughnuts & Munchkins
There is nothing like a nice, warm doughnut to start off your Saturday! I prepped the dough for this recipe the night prior & took it out of the refrigerator in the morning to warm up the dough. The doughnuts were ready for a “brunch” – but it was well worth the wait! While I didn’t let the kids help too much with these… I made sure to set aside some dough so they could have fun while I was cooking.
Canola oil (Any type of shortening can be used for frying the donuts… safflower and peanut oil are popular)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/8 cup 2% organic milk
3 tsp. yeast (1 packet)
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/4 sticks salted butter, melted
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
Dough Prep –
- Warm up the milk in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds. Add the sugar to the warm milk and then add the yeast. Give the yeast some time to “wake up” and start to bubble (about 5 minutes).
- In another bowl, beat the eggs & then add the melted butter, whisking constantly.
- Pour the milk/sugar/yeast mixture into the egg/butter bowl & mix with an electric mixer on low speed.
- Mix together the salt & flour.
- Slowly incorporate the salt/flour into your wet ingredients bowl. Keep mixing.
- You should now have a nice formed dough ball.
- Add the dough to a lightly-oiled bowl & refrigerate 8-12 hours.
Cutting & Cooking the Doughnuts –
- Remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature (1 1/2 – 2 hours).
- When the dough is warm and pliable, roll it out to about 1/4-inch thickness.
- Use a doughnut cutter or 2 concentric cutters to make doughnuts. I used a SINGLE circular cutter to make MUNCHKINS. Not sure what to use? Try out this stainless steel doughnut cutter BELOW!
- Transfer the cut-out shapes to parchment paper & cover with a damp tea towel. Allow 30 minutes to rise. (If you do not see them rising, move them to a warmer location.)
- Melt the shortening or add the oil to a deep frying pan over medium-heat. (You will know when the oil is hot & ready to use if you drop a small bit of dough into the oil and it immediately rises and bubbles.)
- When placing doughnuts into the oil, they should immediately rise to the surface & puff up. Flip them gently with a metal spoon. When lightly golden (less than one minute total) remove them from the oil and place on paper-towel-lined plates to drain.
Cutting out our munchkins.
Doughnut Toppings –
You can make or buy a glaze for your doughnuts. However, we made a sugar/cinnamon mixture on one plate and a sugar/cocoa mixture on another plate. When I removed the doughnuts from the oil, I used a spoon with holes to drain off the excess oil. I placed the doughnuts immediately into the sugar mixture of choice, flipped them over, and then moved them fully-coated onto the paper towels to dry and cool.
Our sugar/cinnamon topping!