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Donuts

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If you're craving for donuts, make your own from scratch with this recipe, worthy of the Simpsons...!
Ingredients
  All-purpose flour 250 Gram
  Bread flour 250 Gram
  Fresh yeast 12 Gram
  Milk 250 Milliliter (lukewarm)
  Sugar 70 Gram
  Eggs 2 Medium, beaten
  Softened butter 75 Gram
  Vanilla extract 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
For the glaze
  Vanilla powdered sugar 150 Gram
  Vanilla powdered sugar 5 Tablespoon (for the pink glaze)
  Food coloring 1 Teaspoon (bright pink)
  Butter 20 Gram
  Dark chocolate 50 Gram
  Peanut oil 300 Milliliter
  Sprinkles, red/white/blue 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Begin by crumbling the fresh yeast in a small bowl, then subtract a little milk from the total amount, pour onto the yeast the milk should be lukewarm, add a teaspoon of sugar -- subtracted from the total sugar needed; stir to dissolve.

MAKING
2. In the meantime, combine the all-purpose flour with the bread flour in a stand mixer with paddle attachment. Start the mixer on the lowest speed and beat in the yeast, milk and sugar mixture. Add the remaining lukewarm milk, 2 eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract, lastly add the salt. Beat for at least 10 minutes, at the lowest speed.
3. When the dough is elastic, replace the paddle with the dough hook, turn it on to the lowest setting, and add small pieces of butter at room temperature, one at a time; don't add the next piece of butter until the previous one has been incorporated. This step takes about 10 minutes.
4. The dough is ready, it should be firm and shiny, so transfer to a work surface, and form into a ball, place in a bowl, that has been greased with butter, seal with cling film and let it rise for a couple of hours in the oven, turned off but with the light turned on, until at least doubled in size.
5. Once the dough has doubled in volume, remove the cling film dust the work surface with flour turn out the dough and knead just enough to keep it from sticking, then roll it out to a thickness of about ¼ inch (½ cm).
6. After rolling out the dough, take 2 round cookie cutters, about 3 inches (8 cm) and 1 ¼ inches (3 cm) in diameter, and create the donuts: cut out a circle with the large cutter, then cut out the centre with the small one. Place them on squares of parchment paper and repeat until the dough is used up; don't throw the scraps away, since they can be fried as doughnut holes.
7. Allow the donuts to rise for 30-40 minutes in the turned off oven, but with the light turned on, and move on to the glaze.
8. To prepare the clear glaze, combine the powdered sugar with the melted butter in a small bowl and add enough water to make a thin consistency. For the second glaze, add the pink food coloring to the clear glaze, which has been divided into 3 bowls, along with enough powdered sugar to reach a thick consistency, like this. For the third glaze, just add the melted dark chocolate to the clear glaze and you'll have a thick mixture. This can be re-warmed by heating in the microwave or on double boiler pan.

FINALIZING
9. Heat oil in a pan and bring the oil temperature to 345°-350°F (175°-180°C), no more than that, and drop the donuts into the oil, along with the paper square, take it out immediately and deep-fry until golden brown, then turn it over. The donuts is ready. It has to be golden brown on both sides, so place on kitchen paper to drain the excess oil.
10. While the donuts are still warm, dip them in the glaze; you can leave the clear glaze plain and top the colored ones with chocolate or coloured sprinkles, as you like. But make sure you do this immediately.

SERVING
11. Serve warm as a breakfast or tea time treat.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Snack
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Deep Fried
Dish: 
Bread
Ingredient: 
Flour
Preparation Time: 
180 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
200 Minutes
Servings: 
12
Story
I watched a great episode of the Simpsons yesterday with my daughter so today I felt like making these fabulous donuts, let's cook them together!

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