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Raised Doughnuts

by Laura

Another food item I think of when I think of Fall is homemade doughnuts. I have not made homemade doughnuts since I was like 11 years old. A while back I found this recipe at Erin Cooks. She adapted the recipe from Betty Crocker’s Old-Fashioned Cookbook. They looked so good I had to try them. Now that we are headed into Fall, I remember this recipe and pulled it out. Now the day I made these, I was in a little bit of a hurry, so I didn’t quite get the doughnuts to raise as much as they should have. If I had they probably would have looked as beautiful as Erin’s. I made a white glaze and a maple glaze for the doughnuts. Since I made both flavors I only needed a half recipe of each to cover this doughnut recipe. The white glaze came from Erin but the Maple Glaze came from Prudy over at Prudence Pennywise. Then for the doughnut holes, I just rolled them in good old sugar. I must admit, I don’t like cooking the doughnut holes. They are impossible to turn because they puff up into a round ball which makes it impossible to turn them. You just have to keep stirring them in the oil. These were yummy and fairly easy to make, you just need raising time to get these babies done. I have another doughnut recipe I want to try too. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

 

Raised Doughnuts

5 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 packages active dry yeast (2 pkgs is 4 1/2 tsp)
1 3/4 cups very warm milk (120º to 130º)
1/3 cup shortening
2 eggs
Vegetable oil

Mix 2 cups of the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, salt and yeast in large bowl. Add milk, shortening and eggs. Beat on low speed 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently. Stir in remaining flour until smooth. Cover and let rise in warm place 50 to 60 minutes or until double. (Dough is ready if indentations remain when touched).

Turn dough onto generously floured surface; roll around lightly to coat with flour. Flatten dough with hands or rolling pin to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with floured doughnut cutter. Push together scraps and gently knead 2 or 3 times. Flatten dough to 1/2-inch thickness; cut with floured 3-inch doughnut cutter. Cover doughnuts and let rise 30 to 40 minutes or until double.

Heat oil (1 1/2 to 2 inches) in Dutch oven to 350º. Slide doughnuts into hot oil with wide spatula. Fry about 1 minute on each side or until golden brown. Remove carefully from oil (do not prick surfaces); drain on paper towels.( I got about 38 doughnuts, the recipe said 4 dozen) Roll or shake in sugar or you can also dip the tops of the doughnuts in glaze. See recipes below. One recipe is enough to cover all the doughnuts, so if you do both recipes, only make a half recipe.

 

White Doughnut Glaze

2 cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4-6 tablespoons milk (depending on your desired consistency, I used cream)

Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl with a fork. If the glaze is too thin, add more confectioner’s sugar. If the glaze is too thick, stir in a little extra milk.

Maple Doughnut Glaze

2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons maple extract
4 tablespoons cream (or milk I used cream)

Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl with a fork. If the glaze is too thin, add more confectioner’s sugar. If the glaze is too thick, stir in a little extra milk.

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26 comments

K May 25, 2013 - 8:25 pm

Is there a way to make these without shortening? Or replace the shortening with something else?

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K May 25, 2013 - 8:25 pm

Is there a way to make these without shortening? Or replace the shortening with something else?

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Kristin October 12, 2009 - 7:05 pm

If I don't have a dutch oven, can I use a deep pot? Or does the cast iron keep the temperature better? Thanks!

BTW, I have made many of your recipes and they have ALL been hits!

Kristin

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Kristin October 12, 2009 - 7:05 pm

If I don't have a dutch oven, can I use a deep pot? Or does the cast iron keep the temperature better? Thanks!

BTW, I have made many of your recipes and they have ALL been hits!

Kristin

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Kathy - Panini Happy October 1, 2009 - 8:26 pm

I have got to try these one day soon! The maple glaze has pushed me over the edge 🙂

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Kathy - Panini Happy October 1, 2009 - 8:26 pm

I have got to try these one day soon! The maple glaze has pushed me over the edge 🙂

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Aubrey's Spot September 30, 2009 - 7:33 pm

Thanks for posting…we made these tonight and loved them! They were light and fluffy…YUM! I halved the recipe so I wouldn't eat too many, it's a good thing I did 🙂

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Aubrey's Spot September 30, 2009 - 7:33 pm

Thanks for posting…we made these tonight and loved them! They were light and fluffy…YUM! I halved the recipe so I wouldn't eat too many, it's a good thing I did 🙂

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Aubrey's Spot September 30, 2009 - 7:32 pm

Thanks for posting…we made these tonight and loved them! They were light and fluffy…YUM! I halved the recipe so I wouldn't eat too many, it's a good thing I did 🙂

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Aubrey's Spot September 30, 2009 - 7:32 pm

Thanks for posting…we made these tonight and loved them! They were light and fluffy…YUM! I halved the recipe so I wouldn't eat too many, it's a good thing I did 🙂

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Mommy's Kitchen September 30, 2009 - 7:06 pm

Those look awesome Laura. I am so all over this recipe.

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Mommy's Kitchen September 30, 2009 - 7:06 pm

Those look awesome Laura. I am so all over this recipe.

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Camille September 30, 2009 - 5:03 pm

hold me back! Homemade donuts are my biggest weakness – and always a tradition on Halloween for my family!

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Camille September 30, 2009 - 5:03 pm

hold me back! Homemade donuts are my biggest weakness – and always a tradition on Halloween for my family!

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CrystalsCozyKitchen September 30, 2009 - 4:11 pm

Those look delicious, I'm going to have to make these, my husband thinks most donuts are too dense, those look light and fluffy!

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CrystalsCozyKitchen September 30, 2009 - 4:11 pm

Those look delicious, I'm going to have to make these, my husband thinks most donuts are too dense, those look light and fluffy!

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ABowlOfMush September 30, 2009 - 3:46 pm

Yum, these are stunning doughnuts! I've never made them with yeast, need to try it to see the difference!

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ABowlOfMush September 30, 2009 - 3:46 pm

Yum, these are stunning doughnuts! I've never made them with yeast, need to try it to see the difference!

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Tharon & Alicia September 30, 2009 - 1:36 pm

Question: How much yeast would I need if I don't have packages?

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Tharon & Alicia September 30, 2009 - 1:36 pm

Question: How much yeast would I need if I don't have packages?

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ButterYum September 30, 2009 - 9:14 am

Excuse me, but how dangerous are YOU? Oh my…. yummy!
😉

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ButterYum September 30, 2009 - 9:14 am

Excuse me, but how dangerous are YOU? Oh my…. yummy!
😉

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sara September 30, 2009 - 8:54 am

I may have to make these for Conference weekend; my kids would be so excited (a lot more than they are for the breakfast casserole I usually make!) Thanks!

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sara September 30, 2009 - 8:54 am

I may have to make these for Conference weekend; my kids would be so excited (a lot more than they are for the breakfast casserole I usually make!) Thanks!

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Marisa September 30, 2009 - 7:51 am

Those look absolutely perfect! I love homemade donuts so much!!!

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Marisa September 30, 2009 - 7:51 am

Those look absolutely perfect! I love homemade donuts so much!!!

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