Aren’t they pretty!!!!
I was looking for a doughnut recipe that would require a starter and long rising time because I know that this would improve the flavor. So whenever I want a good bread recipe,I go to kingarthurflour,I have tried just a few of the recipes,2 recipes actually and they came out well. I got the recipe from the website but I change a few things to suit what I had in my pantry but the glazes and toppings are mine,*insert smiley here*.
Oh,this takes about 24 hours to make so if you need it say on Saturday,you will need to start on Friday.Most of the time is just rising time.
You will need;
For the starter
1 cup Water
2 1/2 cups Flour
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp instant Yeast
for the rest
1 tsp salt
1 tsp instant Yeast
3 Tbsp unsalted Butter
3 Tbsp Shortening or Lard
200 g Sugar
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
360 g Flour
More flour for kneading and rolling.
Oil for frying
Combine everything on the starter list,put the salt and yeast on opposite ends of the bowl or the salt would kill the yeast.
Stir and cover.
Keep in a cool place,not in the refrigerator for 3 hours – 1 day. As long as you can wait.
it will look like this. The yeast is alive!
the night before,combine the rest of the ingredients
I melted the butter and shortening
form into something like this. transfer it to a floured working surface and knead well.
Oil the bowl and coat the dough with the bowl(you probably don’t have to oil the bowl,but I did so anyway)
leave overnight in a cool place,again,not the refrigerator.
ta da! in the morning,it would have risen to more than twice it’s original size
punch down the dough and deflate all the air in it.
Cut into 2 workable portions.On a floured surface,roll it out
and cut into any shape you want,long johns(rectangular bars,classic doughnut shape(with the hole in the middle,use to sizes of circle cutters for this,you can fry the doughnut holes and toss in powdered sugar),knots,twists,triangles,squares,hearts,let your imagination run.
You probably would want to use a knife and not a pizza wheel.Cover for 15 -20 mins,or longer
Fry(it’s better to use fresh oil that has not been used before) until golden brown,drain on paper towels.Let cool before topping.
Then you can dust with powdered sugar or powdered sugar+cinnamon
Put the powdered sugar and cinnamon in a bag,combine,put your doughnuts in and shake! shake! shake! Really loved the combo
Salted Caramel and Crushed candied Peanuts
Matcha(green tea) Ganache with white chocolate. Green tea is still one of my favorites.
How about some Chili Dark Chocolate ganache with shredded Coconut
Or just some plain frosting with sprinkles.
Have fun with it.