We’ve done it! We’ve finally done it! We tried and conquered homemade glazed doughnuts! Forever and ever and ever we were so apprehensive about making our own doughnuts. We thought of them as a big scary monster not to be messed with. Why? I don’t know. They seemed complicated and time consuming. Our very first post on this blog was baked doughnuts. They were made with cake mix. They were adorable. They were delicious. But they were missing that deep fried, greasy, artery clogging aspect that we all know and love.
One day I gave myself a pre-doughnut pep talk and told myself to just try them! If they worked they worked. If they didn’t I would throw a hissy fit, but life would go on. I put on my cupcake apron, gathered my ingredients and went to work! The main ingredient in any doughnut is the dough. Hence the name “dough” nut. For this you are going to need a package of yeast and a lot of patience.
You’re also going to need a large pot, a candy thermometer and oil to fry these bad boys. As far as the candy thermometer goes, you probably don’t already have one. Unless you often make candy. We sure as hell didn’t already have one. We picked up a cheap one at Walmart for around $5 and it worked like a dream. It told me the temperature. Which is what I needed it to do. So I approve. You can also get inexpensive ones on Amazon.
I know what you’re thinking. “Can I use a regular thermometer?”
No. No, you cannot. You need a candy thermometer because you need it to withstand that very hot temperatures of the oil. A regular thermometer will most likely break if you dip it into hot oil.
We also didn’t own a doughnut cutter. In my problem solving state, I just used a round cookie cutter and the large end of a piping tip to cut out the big circle and then the hole in the center. I’m sure you have different sized circle objects around your kitchen you could also use. USE WHAT YOU HAVE. Unless you just want to buy a doughnut cutter. They are inexpensive and will save you a scavenger hunt, but where is the fun in that!?
The best thing about these doughnuts is that once you fry them, you can do whatever you want with them! We just dipped them in a vanilla glaze, but you could go the chocolate ganache route if you so desired (which we did on the cute little ones.)
Chocolate ganache refresher: 1 part chocolate chips to 1 part heavy cream
Pour boiling cream over chocolate chips and stir.
That is all.
Of course you have to top them with sprinkles, because sprinkles are an essential part of life.
Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction