Okay … a few warnings here. First, make these with caution. They’re SO flippin’ good. You’ll never turn to another donut recipe after this … it’ll be your new go-to for life. Second… I don’t know if my donut dough was on steroids, if I accidentally quadrupled the recipe, doubled the yeast… I have no idea. All I know is that I had about a BILLION donuts when I was done with this. I was going to cut the recipe in half for you but I chose not to… I mean, while you’re at it, might as well make a bunch to share right? I brought them into work with me this morning and basically got tackled when I walked in, (something to keep in mind if you’re carrying these around).
Don’t ask me why, but I have a beautiful Kitchen Aid mixer that I did not utilize for mixing this batter. I used a spoon. It will work either way, but if you have a mixer… use it. Silly silly me. Oh, and you’ll also want to make these when you have some time on your hands, as they need to rise……. Twice. (But WORTH IT, worttthhhh itttt…)
What goes better with a delicious donut than a hot cup of coffee?! – nothin’!
…Do you have a favorite coffee mug?! I recently customized my own at Shutterfly and it’s definitely my fav- I put a little picture of Toby the wonder dog on there so I have a cute face to look at everyday 😉 They have tons to pick from- and when coffee is a part of your regular routine, why not start each day off a little brighter? 🙂 They make perfect gifts too!
- 2 TB dry yeast
- ¾ cup water
- 2 cups milk
- ½ cup shortening
- 2 teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 eggs
- 6.5 - 7.5 cups flour
- 7 cups powdered sugar
- ⅔ cup water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Mix the yeast with ¾ cup luke-warm water and set aside.
- Place the milk in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.
- Put the shortening in a large bowl and pour hot milk over it. Whisk to combine. (The mixture will be a little lumpy)
- Mix in the salt, sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Then mix in the 4 eggs.
- Add yeast mixture to batter and mix. Then add 2 cups of flour and stir until combined.
- Add 2 more cups and mix, then 2 more and mix. At this point, the batter should begin to form now. Add 1 more cup of flour, give or take ½ cup. Mix until the dough is smooth and not too tough.
- Sprinkle flour onto a flat, clean surface and place the dough on it. Gently knead dough batter until the surface is not sticky to the touch, you may need to add some flour as you do this.
- Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover. Let sit for 1-1.5 hours until it is about double is size.
- Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about a 1 inch thickness. Cut the shape of each doughnut as close to each other as possible. (I used the rim of a glass to make a circle, and a salad dressing cap for the middle!) Use a thin spatula to transfer for a clean surface and cover. Let it rise for 1-1.5 hours.
- Once the donuts are done rising, mix the glaze ingredients together until the mixture is smooth.
- Fry the donuts in a large frying pan or deep fryer with vegetable oil until golden brown.
- *If using a frying pan, use about ½ inch of vegetable oil in a pan on medium heat (360-375 degrees F). A cast iron pan is best but not necessary.
- Use a pastry brush to glaze the donuts as soon as they are done frying, & make sure both sides are covered. Place on a plate to let excess glaze drain.
Recipe Source: LilLuna.com