My coworker Lauren celebrated her birthday on Monday, and of course I had to make something for the celebration in our office. Lauren and I are now the only two in our “group” within our whole office, and we have a whole lot of work ahead of us, but I know we can do it. So I figured for her birthday I needed to make something special.
It all started when I started to send my blog around to some coworkers (two of which are trying to figure out how I can make money from it, gotta love them), and she saw that I had made my magical cider donuts, but hadn’t brought them in to work. Now let me tell you, I work with almost all women, and when I DO bring in baked goods, I always get the “I need to be on a diet and can’t eat all that,” and so the baked goods get sent to work with the husband. So I decided for her birthday to make donuts. I was able to find cider and did make those, but I also wanted to try something new.
Since cider donuts are of the old fashioned cake variety, I wanted to try raised donuts. I had a harder time finding a recipe than I thought I would, and the one I used is from the Better Homes and Gardens Step By Step Cookbook, which I had bought for the husband back in the day, when he lived in Ohio for a bit while I was still in school in Boston (and he moved back shortly after). I don’t think he opened it once.
The donuts were all right, but not like the ones I always get at Dunkin Donuts. I might have needed to make them larger, or maybe I need to scour the internet and try another recipe. If you happen to have a tried and true one, send it my way and I will try it for sure!
3 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 packages active dry yeast
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1 tsp. salt
Combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour and yeast in bowl of a standing mixer. Heat together milk, sugar, shortening, and salt, just till warm, stirring constantly. Add to flour mixture; add eggs. Beat at low speed for 1/2 minute, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes.
Add in remaining flour, and once it comes together, switch to dough hook. Knead on a lightly floured surface, or knead using the mixer. Dough is ready when it is smooth and elastic.
Shape dough into ball and place into a greased bowl, turning once. Cover and let rise till doubled, 45 to 60 minutes. Punch dough down, and turn onto a lightly floured surface.
Divide in half, and let rest for 10 minutes.
Let me take a minute to talk about the above rings. I was so excited to get these for Christmas, there are 11 different sizes, so I can make donuts, biscuits, you name it. I’m a sucker for kitchen gadgets, and these are my new favorites.
Roll each half of dough into 1/2 inch thickness.
Cut with floured donut cutter into donuts.
Cover and let rise until very light, about 30 to 45 minutes.
Heat oil in a large dutch oven to 350 degrees. Add donuts, a few at a time, and turn when golden, about 1 minute on each side. Drain on paper towels. You can shake them in cinnamon sugar, or powdered sugar, or dip in chocolate ganache and cover with sprinkles, like I did.
I made both cider and raised donuts, so I had a pile of them. The cider donuts definitely were the winners, but everyone loved all the donut holes.