You know when you get that intense craving for something really naughty…..and I’m talking deep-fried and covered in sugar? (okay so maybe that’s just me). Well anyway I had been trying to eat healthy but this MONSTER of a craving just grew stronger and stronger until it was unstoppable!
I kissed my will power goodbye and surrendered to the temptation. But I wasn’t about to yield to some unworthy sugary opponent. Any old treat just wouldn’t do this time. So to Google I went in pursuit of the ‘ONE’…….
And there it was calling to me! Decadent doughy pillows covered in the genius combination of sugar and cinnamon. Yep you guessed it…..DOUGHNUTS!!!
This recipe was the lucky winner:
When making something for the first time it’s always good to do some research and not simply go with the first recipe you find (I speak from experience). I found this recipe simple and straightforward which was perfect for my amateur doughnut making skills.
490g (3 1/4 cups) plain flour
55g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
3 teaspoons dried yeast
Pinch of salt
250ml (1 cup) milk, warmed
100g butter, melted
3 egg yolks
Canola oil, to deep-fry
215g (1 cup) caster sugar, extra
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Combine flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a bowl. Make a well. Mix in milk, butter and egg until dough starts to come together – it may be sticky.
Knead on a well-floured surface until smooth. Place in a greased bowl. Cover. Allow dough to rest for 1 1/2 hours or until dough has doubled in size.
Punch down the dough (yes that actually means ‘punch’ the dough. This part was fun! ). Knead on a lightly floured surface for 2 minutes or until smooth. Roll out dough until 1cm thick. Rest dough for 2 minutes.
Use an 8cm round cutter to cut out discs. Use a 3.5cm round cutter to cut out centres. Or if you’re lucky enough to have a doughnut shaped cutter like I happened to then use that! Place cut dough on a lined tray. Set aside for 15 minutes to rise slightly.
Combine extra sugar and cinnamon in a bowel. If you have a deep-fryer set it to 180ºC. If you don’t have a deep-fryer don’t stress! Simply heat oil in a large, deep saucepan to reach a depth of about 8cm. Heat to 180°C over high heat or till a cube of bread placed in oil turns golden in 15 seconds. Gently place 4 doughnuts in a the deep-fryer for 40 seconds each side or until puffed and golden.
Transfer the doughnuts to the sugar mixture and turn to coat. Repeat, in batches, with remaining doughnuts.
The end result was simply divine! With their gloriously fluffy centers and delicious, crispy outside, I couldn’t have been more pleased! These babies were best fresh out of the deep-fryer, crispy and warm (just talking about them makes me want to make them all over again, not to mention eat them). After both myself and my family had consumed enough doughnuts as humanly possible there were still heaps left over, so I packed them in an air tight container and stored them in the fridge. They didn’t last long though as we all know that “a
apple doughnut a day keeps the doctor away”………Right? (If only!)
Tips and tricks
Try shaking things up a little by adding some different toppings and fillings.
Chocolate and Salted Caramel Doughnuts
Melt 250g of dark chocolate and place in a bowl. Dip one side of the doughnuts into the chocolate and then place on a plate to set (if it’s a hot day you may need to put them in the fridge). Once the chocolate has set hard drizzle your choice of caramel sauce over the doughnut and lightly sprinkle with sea salt flacks.
And there you have it…..your very own home-made chocolate and salted caramel doughnuts!
Don’t throw away the center of the doughnuts because they make the best bite size treats. Great for a small sugar fix to enjoy with a warm cup of tea or even for the kids lunches.
You could keep these doughnut balls nice and simple with a classic sugar and cinnamon coating or you perhaps try something a little more adventurous (and trust me it’s worth it!) like………..
Jam Filled cinnamon doughnuts
Simply fill a piping bag fitted with a 5mm nozzle with 3/4 cup of strawberry jam. Push the nozzle into the doughnut balls and pipe in Jam. Then toss in cinnamon sugar mix.
Nutella Ella Doughnuts
Place 3/4 cup of nutella into a piping bag fitted with a 5mm nozzle. Push the nozzle into the doughnut balls and pipe in nutella. Then toss in cinnamon sugar mix.
The kids will love these! I guarantee it!
Well there you have it! I hope you all enjoy these as much as my family and I did! I’d love to hear how you guys go making these and let me know of any other toppings or fillings you come up with! Be adventurous!
It’s time to unleash your sugar craving!
(Warning: be sure to have lots of friends and family around to help you eat these as they are addictive!)