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Homemade Donuts

I organized a little donut party this weekend. We used an awesome donut recipe from my sister in law. They really were yummy. {The recipe is below with her notes.}

This is the best recipe EVER. A few tips: you can omit the vanilla bean, I’ve tried it with and without and the flavor difference was miniscule. If you don’t use a vanilla bean, compensate by adding extra vanilla extract. The dough is super, super sticky. This makes it pretty hard to work with. You can add a little extra flour (no more than 1 c.), but keep in mind that the dough is supposed to by sticky. I slather my hands in butter before I work with the dough. One of the most decadant parts of the recipe is the glaze. Don’t substitute milk if you can help it.

Donut Twists & Holes
Makes 18 of each

3/4 c. milk
1 pkg. active dry yeast
3 C. plus 2 T. flour
6 large egg yolks
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 t. salt
1 cube butter
1 vanilla bean split lengthwise
1 T. vanilla
2 qts. canola oil
White Glaze

Heat milk until warm. Place yeast in large bowl. Pour milk over yeast. Sprinkle 2 3/4 c. flour over the milk and let stand until the flour begins to crack, about 20 min.

Whisk together egg yolks and sugar. Add salt and 1/4 c. flour.

Melt butter, add vanilla bean (scrape seeds into butter and add pod). Cook until butter browns about 3 minutes. Discard pod. Pour over egg mixture, whisk to combine. Stir in vanilla.

Add butter mixture to yeast mixture. Mix on low speed 1 min. Add 2 T. flour, combine. Mix on medium high for 1 min. more. Dough will be very sticky.

Let rise until doubled aobut 1 1/2 hours. Punch down and let rise 30 min.

Heat oil to 375. Pat dough into 8×12″ rectangle, 1/2″ thick. Using a 2 3/4″ circle cut out doughnuts. Cut holes in each. Stretch and twist each circle to form a figure 8. Set aside 10 minutes. Fry in oil. Glaze with White Glaze.

White Glaze
1 3/4 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. heavy cream
1/2 t. vanilla

Mix together in saucepan over low heat until just warm.

  1. k8

    October 9, 2007

    i’m still thinking about how delicious these were. so worth the time it took to make them!!

  2. liz s

    October 9, 2007

    mmmmmmm. i want to see pictures of your new apartment!!

  3. Erin

    October 9, 2007

    those are gorgeous. i’m glad the turned out well.

  4. brooke

    October 9, 2007

    ah christian’s back, beautiful! i can’t wait to make those again.

  5. robin k

    October 9, 2007

    Looks like they were a success!

  6. Amy

    October 9, 2007

    Is the apartment ready for showin? We need to see some belly shots too!!

  7. People St.Clair

    October 9, 2007

    these look so yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. Ten Thousand Only

    October 9, 2007

    sometimes…ok, all the time…you just feel like a donut.

    they look yummy….!

  9. Chic and Charming

    October 9, 2007

    Nothing is better than fresh baked donuts! I’ll have to try this out!

  10. Amanda Conley

    October 10, 2007

    o.k., the worst thing you could do is post about donuts! I love, love, love donuts but the last thing I need right now is a donut…ahhh, you have put me into a battle with myself…Well, I might just have to try it out. They look too good to pass up. What’s one donut on the thighs anyway?

  11. ashlynn

    October 10, 2007

    Umm sounds good! I will try it when we get more moved in. I can’t believe you are already having people over … my house is a mess!

  12. Jessica

    October 11, 2007

    Iam not a huge fan of doughnuts, but you make these look reallyt good!

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