Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Delicious home made donuts! Vegan too

Amazing delicious donuts! These were the bomb! I made them half whole wheat and added in a few tbs of gluten flour and they worked great. Next time I'll do them totally whole wheat, but it will be awhile.

Adapted from Betty Crocker’s Old-Fashioned Cookbook
Yields approximately 4 dozen doughnuts

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour (or half/half wheat and white, or totally wheat with up to 1/2 cup gluten flour)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 packages active dry yeast (4tsp)
  • 1 3/4 cups very warm soy milk (120º to 130º)
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs (I used the flax/water egg)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sugar/cinnamon

(Original recipe author's note: You’re welcome to do all of the below steps in the first paragraph, or you can be rebels like my mom and I and place all of the ingredients into the bowl of a bread machine and press the “Dough” button. It will rise really high and push up the top of the machine, but it works like a charm. Don’t be scared).

*I suggest cutting the recipe in half if using the bread maker.

  1. Mix 2 cups of the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, salt and yeast in large bowl.
  2. Add milk, shortening and eggs.
  3. Beat on low speed 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently.
  4.  Beat on medium speed 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently.
  5. Stir in remaining flour until smooth.
  6. Cover and let rise in warm place 50 to 60 minutes or until double. (Dough is ready if indentations remain when touched).
  7. Turn dough onto generously floured surface; roll around lightly to coat with flour.
  8. Flatten dough with hands or rolling pin to 1/2-inch thickness.
  9. Cut with floured doughnut cutter.
  10.  Push together scraps and gently knead 2 or 3 times. Flatten dough to 1/2-inch thickness; cut with floured 3-inch doughnut cutter.
  11. Cover doughnuts and let rise 30 to 40 minutes or until double.
  12. Heat oil (1 1/2 to 2 inches) in Dutch oven to 350º.
  13. Slide doughnuts into hot oil with wide spatula.
  14. Fry about 1 minute on each side or until golden brown.
  15. Remove carefully from oil (do not prick surfaces); drain on paper towels.
  16. Roll or shake in sugar/cinnamon mixture. Or other favorite topping 

*I have no dutch oven, so I just used a frying pan. I had to use the donut holes as test subjects to get the oil temp right, but it was worth it.