Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Daring Bakers Challenge October 2010 ~ Doughnuts

The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge Daring Bakers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious

Recipe I used was for yeast doughnuts by food network.

Glazed doughnuts,golden and crispy on the outside soft and airy inside with a delicious mouthwater chocolate glaze. A lovely indulgent treat.

Yeast Doughnuts:

Preparation time:
Hands on prep time - 25 minutes
Rising time - 1.5 hours total
Cooking time - 12 minutes

Yield: 20 to 25 doughnuts & 20 to 25 doughnut holes, depending on size


Milk 1.5 cup / 360 ml
Vegetable Shortening 1/3 cup / 80 ml / 70 gm / 2.5 oz (can substitute butter, margarine or lard)
Active Dry Yeast 4.5 teaspoon (2 pkgs.) / 22.5 ml / 14 gm / ½ oz
Warm Water 1/3 cup / 80 ml (95°F to 105°F / 35°C to 41°C)
Eggs, Large, beaten 2( used egg replacer in this recipe)
White Granulated Sugar ¼ cup / 60 ml / 55 gm / 2 oz
Table Salt 1.5 teaspoon / 7.5 ml / 9 gm / 1/3 oz
Nutmeg, grated 1 tsp. / 5 ml / 6 gm / ¼ oz (Omitted and used 1 teaspoon vanilla essence instead)
All Purpose Flour 4 2/3 cup / 1,120 ml / 650 gm / 23 oz + extra for dusting surface
Canola Oil DEPENDS on size of vessel you are frying in – you want THREE (3) inches of oil (can substitute any flavorless oil used for frying)

For Glazing:

Milk chocolate
White Chocolate
Milk chocolate shavings
Coloured icing


1.Place the milk in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat just until warm enough to melt the shortening. (Make sure the shortening is melted so that it incorporates well into the batter.)
2.Place the shortening in a bowl and pour warmed milk over. Set aside.
3.In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and let dissolve for 5 minutes. It should get foamy. 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.
4.Add the eggs, sugar, salt, nutmeg, and half of the flour. Using the paddle attachment of your mixer (if you have one), combine the ingredients on low speed until flour is incorporated and then turn the speed up to medium and beat until well combined.
5.Add the remaining flour, combining on low speed at first, and then increase the speed to medium and beat well.
6.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 (for me this only took about two minutes). If you do not have a dough hook/stand mixer – knead until the dough is smooth and not sticky.
7.Transfer to a well-oiled bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

8.On a well-floured surface, roll out dough to 3/8-inch (9 mm)thick. (Make sure the surface really is well-floured otherwise your doughnuts will stick to the counter).
9.Cut out dough using a 2 1/2-inch (65 mm) doughnut cutter or pastry ring or drinking glass and using a 7/8-inch (22 mm) ring for the center whole. Set on floured baking sheet, cover lightly with a tea towel, and let rise for 30 minutes.
10.Preheat the oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 365 °F/185°C.
11.Gently place the doughnuts into the oil, 3 to 4 at a time. Cook for 1 minute per side or until golden brown (my doughnuts only took about 30 seconds on each side at this temperature).
12.Transfer to a cooling rack placed in baking pan. Allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes prior to glazing, if desired.
For Glazing:

13. In a double boiler melt the white chocolate  and milk chocolate separately.
14. Dip some of  the doughnuts in melted milk chocolate and sprinkle with sweet sprinkles. Leave to set.
15. Dip some of  doughnuts in white chocolate and sprinkle with milk chocolate shavings.Leave to set.
16. To make plain sugar coated just sprinkle suger over the doughnuts.

NB- Doughnuts can be decorated in any way you desire ,just let your imagination run.

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  1. I love doughnuts and yours look picture perfect..great job!!

    US Masala

  2. Am just drooling, irresistible doughnuts looks absolutely divine..

  3. beautifully donuts would like to grab one of those!

  4. Donuts looks so goooooooood, yummyyy!!!

  5. doughnuts looks great.. love it.. perfect.. tempting..

  6. Your doughnuts look great, and such variety in your decorations! Nice job on the challenge!

  7. WOw!!Doughnuts look mouthwatering..Good Job!!

  8. love all the different toppings Nayna...beautiful!

  9. Doughnuts are my fav..this looks yumm...

  10. WOW those doughnuts look superb and it sounds like you had FUN making them gorgeous photographs also. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  11. Wow.. homemade donuts! Too good!

  12. i luv doughnuts.. your clicks look awesome and tempting!!

  13. Soft and yummy, nice decoration too..

  14. superb looking delicious dough nuts....

  15. Itasted doughnuts,it tastes yummy.Your recipe sounds colourful and interesting..

  16. Looking great. You have done a great job..

  17. I love these doughnuts..looks so good,beautiful.

  18. Drooling over those...sure looks delicious!!

  19. Perfect and yummy doughnuts..Awesome job!!

  20. Your Doughnuts are looking Awesome!!!

  21. I made these ones too and they're truly wonderful! I love the way you decorated them, it's so cute and lovely :)


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