Raised Doughnuts

Well it’s fall, the weather is getting cooler {ok, COLDER}, I’m spending more time inside —-boo!  But I’m in baking mode and I’ve been getting out the bread machine and doing more “stuff”.  My daughter, was making cake doughnuts the other day – which I like, but I like raised doughnuts much better – they are lighter and fluffier (at least in my opinion).  Seeing her doughnuts on Facebook made me think of raised doughnuts!  YUM!!

I love to bake – but with the amount of hours that I work time is a precious thing and I need all the help I can get!  I have a bread machine – a Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme Breadmaker, which I absolutely love!  and I use it a lot.

Here’s my favorite raised doughnut recipe – the dough is done on the dough cycle in the bread machine.

  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups bread flour (I use King Arthur flour)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt (I never use salt, but the recipe calls for it)
  • *2 1/2 teaspoons regular active yeast
  • Crisco or lard for frying

Add and measure the ingredients carefully – my bread machine calls for adding all the liquid ingredients first with the flour, etc. last).

Put all the ingredients in your bread machine in the recommended order.  Select the dough cycle and let it run through it’s cycle.

When it’s done, roll the dough 3/8″ thick on a lightly floured surface.  Cut with a floured doughnut cutter.  Cover and let rise for about 35 – 45 minutes  or until slightly raised.

Heat 2 or 3″ of oil or lard in deep fryer or heavy kettle to 375 degrees.  Fry 2 or 3 doughnuts at a time for 2 to 3 minutes each, turning as they rise to the surface, until golden brown.  Remove from oil drain on a wire rack.  While warm, roll in sugar or mix a little bit of maple syrup with some confectioner’s sugar to make a glaze.

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