I've tired to make fried doughnuts a couple of times now and have not been successful.
I've baked doughnuts with no problem at all so, I didn't really think I'd have that much trouble frying them. Well, I was wrong about that.
After reflecting I figure it’s probably due to over proving, probably not kneading right or enough, and not regulating the temperature of the oil.
It had to be one or all of those things!
Baked doughnuts are easier, but fried taste so much better! Who doesn't like fried dough?
So, using the first recipe I tried, I tried again!
This time with the results I wanted. They made the house smell delicious! I covered mine in Vanilla Sugar to give them an extra flavor.
Vanilla sugar is easy to make! Just place a vanilla pod, new or used, in a jar of sugar. Some stores now sell it if you don’t use vanilla pods often.
After rolling them in sugar they can be filled with jam or cream. They can be iced or made into rings, they are pretty versatile so use what you like!
I prefer a plain fresh doughnut without all the extra stuff. So, I made these “Hot Doughnuts Nice and Fresh!" just the way I like them!
If any of my readers are also from Reading (Berkshire) then they will know where the phrase comes from! You cannot have walked down Broad Street without hearing it as the picture below informs us!
500g/1lb 2oz strong white flour
50g/2oz caster sugar
40g/1½oz unsalted butter
2 free-range eggs
2 x 7g sachets instant yeast
150ml/5fl oz warm milk
130ml/4½fl oz water
Sunflower Oil or Crisp n Dry, to fry
vanilla sugar, to coat
For the dough, place all ingredients except a quarter of the water, into a stand mixer bowl. Mix on low until combined. Slowly mix the rest of the water into the dough and beat with the dough hook for 3-5 minutes or until the dough comes together and comes away from the side of the bowl. The dough will be sticky, but it shouldn’t be sticking to the side of the bowl. Also you should be able to handle the dough without it sticking to you.
Place the dough into a lightly oiled large bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise for an hour or until doubled in size. Tip the dough out onto a very lightly floured surface, and knock it back by kneading it a few times. Do this part by hand, especially as you’ll have just cleaned your dough hook and bowl!
Divide the dough into 10 equal portions and shape each portion into a ball. I just folded the dough into itself to form a ball; I didn’t want to handle the dough too much. Place all balls onto a lined baking tray and allow to rise for another hour or until doubled in size.
In a large sauce pan, using sunflower oil or Crisp n Dry (what I used) heat the oil to160C-180C. Keep an eye on this, as I had to keep turning my heat up and down to keep it within the range I wanted. Lower each doughnut into the fryer, cooking each side for about 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the doughnuts from the oil with a slotted spoon and immediately roll in the vanilla sugar so that the hot fat makes the sugar stick to the sides.
Set aside and leave to cool. Only just slightly! Fresh Hot Doughnuts are Nice and delicious!
notes: I showed off my failed doughnuts here! Recipe is adapted from The Great British Bake Off: How to turn everyday bakes into Showstoppers by Linda Collister. The Game of Throne's Image is from Spotted: Reading Town’sFacebook Page.