31 Days of Cast Iron Cooking: day 10 {A Wee Break for Friday Celebration Doughnuts}

Ingredients for donuts:
3 Tbsp milk
3 Tbsp boiling water
1 tsp. dry active yeast
1 1/2 c all purpose flour 
3 Tbsp sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 Tbsp butter (cold to room temp – don’t melt)
dash of salt
Oil – enough to cover the bottom of a small pot
Glaze Ingredients:
1/2 cup of butter
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
4 Tbsp hot water
1. In a large measuring bowl, combine the milk and
boiling water. Add a teaspoon of the sugar and the yeast. Stir it gently, then
leave it in a warm place for the yeast to activate. It will look foamy
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, the rest
of the sugar, and the salt. Cut in the butter using your fingers or a pastry
blender, until it resembles crumbs.
3. Add the egg and yeast mixture to the flour mix, and
mix into a smooth dough. This usually takes about 5 minutes of mixing.
4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly-floured counter
and knead for about 5 to 10 minutes—it should feel springy and little bubbles
should form under the surface. Place it back in the bowl, cover with a cloth or
plastic wrap, and let rise for about an hour until double in size.
5. Once risen, place the dough onto the counter and
cut it into 4 pieces. One piece at a time, stretch it into a long rope about an
inch to an inch and a half wide. Cut strips about an inch long, ball em up with
your hands, and place them on a baking tray or wire rack to wait.Cover the
donut holes with a cloth to rise. Cover the donut holes with a cloth to rise
6. Heat the oil to 375F. Place the donuts into the oil and fry until golden brown on each side, about 2 minutes. Only cook a few at a time so they don’t overcrowd and stick together.
7. Drain on a paper towel or wire rack over a cloth, before glazing them.
8, Combine ingredients for glaze. Dunk cooked donuts in warm glaze and place on paper towel or wire rack to dry. Reheat glaze if it cools too much. It needs to be warm while dunking donuts to get that yummy Krisp Kreme affect.

We usually do a variety of different flavors – we like an assorted bag when we hit up Pike’s Place Market in Seattle so that is what we try to emulate.

Just toss in a brown paper bag with sugar and cinnamon. Shake well…

Toss in a bag with a few tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar and shake well – this might be my personal favorite.

Not pictured are donut holes with the Krispy Kreme glaze (see recipe at the top).

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