Perfect Yeast Doughnuts

  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Persons: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Ingredients
  • 1-1/8 cup whole milk, warm
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons Instant Or Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 whole large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 and 1/4 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Shortening/oil for frying
  • Glaze for hot yeast donuts:
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Enough milk to make a thin icing (about 1/2 cup)
  1. Instructions
  2. Warm the milk until it is getting nice and warm.
  3. Add the milk to a mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the yeast and stir to combine. Let the yeast rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the beaten eggs and melted butter to the bowl and stir to combine.
  5. While the mixer is running slowly, add the flour and salt and mix until the dough comes together. Mix for a whole five minutes to work the dough well.
  6. Remove the dough from the fridge and roll it out on a lightly floured surface until it is 1/2 to 1/3 of an inch thick. Use a three-inch donut cutter to cut out the donuts.
  7. Place the cut donuts and holes on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  8. Cover the donuts and let them rise until doubled in size, about one hour. The donuts will be very puffy and airy looking.
  9. Heat a few inches of oil or shortening in a large cast iron skillet or fryer over medium heat until the oil reaches 365 to 375 degrees.
  10. Carefully add the donuts to the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. The donut holes will only take about 30 seconds per side.
  11.  Just combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix until smooth.
  12. Add just enough milk to make a thin icing.
  13. Once the donuts are dipped halfway in the icing take them out, turn them icing side up, and place them on a cooling rack set inside a baking sheet

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