Thursday, 28 October 2010

daring bakers: doughnuts, donuts, whatever...fried batter

The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious.

I was just looking for an excuse to make my coffee and doughnut cupcakes again, so this challenge combined with a work colleagues leaving day was the perfect opportunity!
Doughnuts - makes about 30 mini ones

300g plain flour
125g caster sugar
1tsp salt
1tbsp baking powder
1/4tsp cinnamon
1/8tsp nutmeg
30g butter - melted
1/2 cup (4 floz) milk
1 egg - beaten
lots of oil for frying
cinnamon & caster sugar mixed and in a shallow dish, to toss the doughnuts in - optional, but nice!


1. Heat oil in a deepish very thick frying pan, or deep fryer to 375F/180C...I do not have a thermometer, so I just let it heat up and did a test blob of dough...

2. Sift the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and spices into a large bowl

3. Mix in the melted butter with a knife, then add the milk and egg, stir in again

4. Using floured hands, knead the dough lightly - you may need to add more flour, just add a bit at a time until you are happy that the dough is not too sticky

5. Turn out onto a well floured surface and pat to a 1/4 inch thickness

6. Cut out using a floured cutter, or piping nozzle!

7. VERY carefully drop the doughnuts into the hot oil, a few at a time, and fry - turning once - for about 3 minutes or until golden brown

8. Toss in the cinnamon sugar and place on kitchen roll to drain

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