Baking Milestone: Homemade Yeast Donuts

I’ve made donuts at home before. You know, open up the Pillsbury tube, punch a hole through the center of each preformed circle of white “dough” , toss it in oil, roll it in cinnamon sugar. Homemade donuts. But yesterday, I wanted HOMEMADE DONUTS.

I don’t know why I make life so much harder for myself. In the crazy shuffle of loading 3 small children into the car before breakfast on a Saturday morning, to run to the grocery store to get almond milk and strawberries for these homemade strawberry glazed donuts, my wise son of 5 years old says, “Mom, we can just go to dunkin donuts.” Yes. Yes we could. But nonetheless, on we pressed on.

I’m not gonna lie, making homemade donuts is pretty messy and takes way more time than my more than patient children (and I) expected. But the end result was delicious, not so picture perfect, donuts for lunch. (Real mom win there.)

Here’s what I did…

the ingredients

the ingredients

add yeast to warm water with some sugar wake it up

add yeast to warm water with some sugar wake it up

heat milk on the stove on medium

heat milk on the stove on medium

add shortening to the milk and heat until melted

add shortening to the milk and heat until melted

milk and shortening combined and bubbling

milk and shortening combined and bubbling

put sugar and salt in a bowl

put sugar and salt in a bowl

then pour hot milk into on top, stirring until cooled a bit

then pour hot milk on top, stirring until cooled a bit

add sifted flour

add 1 cup sifted flour

add eggs

add eggs

in 5-10 minutes the yeast has started to foam up considerably

in 5-10 minutes the yeast has started to foam up considerably

add yeast to the bowl and stir

add yeast to the bowl and stir

add more flour and mix

add 1 more cup of flour and mix

switched to  my dough hook and added more flour

switched to my dough hook and added 2 more cups of flour

prepped my kneading board with flour

prepped my kneading board with flour

stopped mixing when it looked like this

stopped mixing when it looked like this

turned out the sticky dough  and kneaded in flour until it just was't sticky anymore...maybe 5 minutes

turned out the sticky dough and kneaded in flour until it just was’t sticky anymore…maybe 5 minutes

placed ball of dough in a greased bowl to rise in warm area

placed ball of dough in a greased bowl to rise in warm area

dough doubled in size which took about 1 hour

dough doubled in size which took about 1 hour

turn out dough onto floured surface and just press into a flat piece, 1/2" thick.

turn out dough onto floured surface and just press into a flat piece, 1/2″ thick.

i used a donut cutter to twist donuts out, but a cup and a piping tip would suffice

i used a donut cutter to twist donuts out, but a cup and a piping tip would suffice

I'm starting to get giddy at this point

I’m starting to get giddy at this point

need to rise for another 40 minutes

need to rise for another 40 minutes…p.s. as a helpful tip, let plenty of flour coat the bottom of these babies so they don’t stick and come off easliy

risen but are super fragile! don't handle to much or they'll deflate...very sad

risen but are super fragile! don’t handle to much or they’ll deflate…very sad

fry for 2 minutes per side at 350º. Notice the back one deflated from handling to much

fry for 2 minutes per side at 350º. Notice the back one deflated from handling to much

drain on paper or towels to remove excess oil

drain on paper or towels to remove excess oil.(not the prettiest donut pic I chose to use…oh well)

make a simple glaze with milk, butter and confectioners sugar, and cook unto glossy and smooth

make a simple glaze with milk, butter and confectioners sugar, and cook unto glossy and smooth

coat on all sides

coat on all sides

let excess glaze drip back into the pan

let excess glaze drip back into the pan

fluffy interior and crisp exterior

fluffy interior and crisp exterior

kids got involved with decorating, strawberry glazed is their favorite

kids got involved with decorating, strawberry glazed is their favorite

Here’s what you’ll need…

Yeast Donuts

1/2 c water, warm
2 pkg active dry yeast
3/4 c almond milk or regular milk would work too
1/3 c sugar
1+ tsp salt
4 – 4.5 c all-purpose flour, sifted and added in stages (may not need it all)
1/3 c shortening
2 eggs

GLAZE
1/4 c almond milk

1/2 tsp vanilla

1-1.5 c sifted confectioners’ sugar

2 Tbspn butter is optional

*optional strawberry glaze…chop up 1/2 cup strawberries and add to glaze and cook down to make a puree…add slowly to a bowl of powdered sugar to make a thicker frosting glaze

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