My Mom's Raised Doughnuts

    4 hours

    I used to make these with Mom as a little girl. She would make dozens a week and give to neighborhood kids. I would coat them with that ooey good frosting. I recently won a blue ribbon with this recipe.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 1/2 cup warm water (40 to 45 degrees C)
    • 2 (7g) packages active dry yeast
    • 1 teaspoon white sugar
    • 3/4 cup milk, lukewarm
    • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
    • 1/4 cup white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 4 cups sifted plian flour
    • 2 quarts vegetable oil for frying
    • 1 tablespoon warm water
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup icing sugar, sifted

    Preparation:1hour  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:2hours45min rising  ›  Ready in:4hours 

    1. Pour 1/2 cup of warm water into a small bowl, and stir in the yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Allow the yeast mixture to stand until it forms a creamy foam layer on top, 5 to 10 minutes.
    2. Place milk and vegetable shortening into a small saucepan over medium-low heat and cook until the shortening has melted and the milk has tiny bubbles around the edge. Remove from heat.
    3. Place 1/4 cup of sugar and the salt into the work bowl of a large stand mixer and pour the milk and shortening into the bowl. Mix on low speed just to dissolve sugar then allow mixture to stand until warm.
    4. Beat in the yeast mixture, eggs and 1 cup of flour on low speed until smooth. Gradually beat in remaining flour to make a soft dough.
    5. Continue beating the dough on low speed until dough leaves the sides of the bowl, 2 to 3 minutes.
    6. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface and knead until smooth and elastic, 2 or 3 more minutes.
    7. Form the dough into a ball and place into a large greased bowl. Grease the top of the dough and cover the bowl with waxed paper. Set the bowl into a warm place then let the dough rise until doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
    8. Punch down the dough and roll out on a floured work surface to 1cm thick. Cut doughnuts out of the dough with a 10cm round doughnut cutter with a 3cm smaller cutter in the center. Let the doughnuts rise on the work surface until very light and fluffy, 40 minutes to 1 hour.
    9. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 175 degrees C.
    10. Gently pick up and drop the doughnuts into the hot oil, working in small batches of 2 or 3 at a time. Cook until the doughnuts are light golden brown, turning once, about 2 minutes.
    11. Drain the doughnuts on paper towels to absorb oil.
    12. In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of warm water and vanilla extract, then stir in the icing sugar to make a glaze. Spread a thin layer of glaze over the warm doughnuts.

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    If these don't rise for you like they should, either your yeast is bad or something else you are doing wrong. Please don't blame the recipe & rate it down because of your errors! Also, if the bread dough was super sweet like some are wanting, when you put the glaze on, it would be so sweet, you couldn't eat it. Try a store bought doughnut without icing. No difference. And just because you grew up in a bakery, doesn't mean YOU can bake. I grew up with my father as a rock mason, but I can't lay rock!  -  27 Feb 2012  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Very tasty! My kids told me, "Mom, these are better than Dunkin'. Your the best cook in the whole wide world!" After a comment like that I will make again and again. Thanks!  -  13 Jun 2012  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This recipe is absolutely amazing! They do take time, but they are SO worth it! They are light and airy, with just a touch of crisp on the outside. They are bakery quality for sure! I made maple and chocolate glazes for them, and they are to die for! We will probably not get store donuts again! I fried them in mostly veggie oil with about a cup of shortening added in (something I saw on here somewhere). I don't know if it made a difference, but that's what I'll do from now on!  -  18 Apr 2012  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)