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This past weekend was packed with celebrations for my mother-in-law’s birthday. I’m not going to mention any numbers, but let’s just say, it was a big birthday! I wanted to make her something special for the occasion, so I decided to tackle her favorite treat: Glazed Doughnuts. The process was multi-stepped and time-intensive, but with the correct tools, it wasn’t difficult at all. I was very pleased, and even a bit shocked, that the doughnuts turned out so light, non-greasy, and delicious. With the careful instruction of The Pioneer Woman, I was able to see these through so they were hot and ready on the morning of my mother-in-law’s birthday.

My rolling pin is currently packed, so I used a bottle of vodka to roll out the dough!


Glazed Doughnuts

What You Need

  • 1-1/8 cup Whole Milk, Warm
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons (one Package) Instant Or Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 whole Large Eggs, Beaten
  • 1-1/4 stick Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • Shortening
  • Glaze
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Cold Water Or Milk

What To Do

    To Make the Dough:
  1. Make sure milk is nice and warm, but not overly hot.
  2. Add sugar to milk. Stir to dissolve.
  3. Add yeast into a small bowl.
  4. Pour milk/sugar mixture over yeast. Stir gently, then let sit for 10 minutes.
  5. Melt butter in separate bowl until butter is almost melted. Stir to finish melting so butter won't be overly hot.
  6. Add beaten eggs to melted butter, stirring constantly to make sure the butter's not too hot for the eggs.
  7. Add the egg/butter mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook.
  8. With the mixer on 3 or medium-low speed, pour in the yeast mixture.
  9. Allow the dough hook to stir this mixture for a couple of minutes, making sure it's thoroughly combined.
  10. With the mixer still going, add helpings of the flour mixture in 1/4 to 1/2 cup increments until all the flour is gone.
  11. Stop the mixer, scrape the bowl, then turn the mixer on the same speed for five whole minutes.
  12. After five minutes, stop the mixer and scrape the bottom of the bowl.
  13. Turn on the mixer for 30 seconds.
  14. Turn off the mixer and allow the dough to sit in the bowl undisturbed for 10 minutes.
  15. After 10 minutes, transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl. Toss the dough to coat, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place straight in the fridge.
  16. Refrigerate dough for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
  17. To Make the Doughnuts:
  18. Remove bowl from fridge and turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface.
  19. Roll out to 1/4 to 1/3-inch thickness.
  20. Using a 3-inch cutter, cut as many rounds as you can, then roll out remaining dough and cut as much as you can, etc.
  21. Cut holes out of each round using a 1 1/2-inch cutter.
  22. Place both doughnuts and holes on a floured baking sheet. Cover with large tea towel and place in a warm place in your kitchen.
  23. Allow doughnuts to rise undisturbed for at least 1 hour; 1 hour 15 minutes if necessary. Doughuts should be visibly puffier and appear to be airy.
  24. To Fry the Dougnuts
  25. Heat plenty of vegetable shortening in a large pot until the temperature reaches 375 to 380 degrees---do not let it get hotter than 380 degrees! 375 is ideal; keep the thermometer in the pan to continually monitor.
  26. One to two at a time, gently grab doughnuts and ease them into the hot oil. Allow them to cook 1 minute on each side; they will brown very quickly.
  27. Remove doughnuts from the oil with a slotted spoon, allowing all oil to drip off.
  28. Place doughnut immediately on several layers of paper towels. Count to five, then flip it over onto a clean part of the paper towels. Count to five, then flip it over again; the purpose, obviously, is to drain as much grease as possible before it soaks into the doughnut.
  29. Repeat with remaining doughnuts and holes. The holes will cook more quickly than the doughnuts; about 30 seconds per side.
  30. Allow doughnuts to slightly cool.
  31. To Glaze:
  32. Mix all glaze ingredients in a bowl until completely smooth.
  33. One by one, dip doughnuts into the glaze until halfway submerged...or all the way submerged like I preferred.
  34. Remove from glaze, then turn right side up on a cooling rack over a cookie sheet (to catch dripping glaze.)
  35. Serve warm if possible, or room temperature.
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