Doughnuts--The Daring Bakers October Challenge

Go Nuts for Doughnuts!!!! :P I have bookmarked this recipe almost 2 years back,never thought of trying them.I love Dounts from Krispy Kreme and also from local store of our place.I love to wake up around 5 in da morning,get ready and drive to the donut shop to enjoy the fresh and soft doughnuts,we usually do this on Sundays.Out of all I like the chocolate glazed doughnuts.
Now I can make them my own.Thank U Lori for choosing this challenge.I've chosen the very 1st recipe.


Milk 1.5 cup / 360 mlVegetable Shortening 1/3 cup / 80 ml / 70 gm / 2.5 oz (can substitute butter, margarine or lard)
Active Dry Yeast 4.5 teaspoon (2 pkgs.) / 22.5 ml / 14 gm / ½ oz
Warm Water 1/3 cup / 80 ml (95°F to 105°F / 35°C to 41°C)

Eggs, Large, beaten 2
White Granulated Sugar ¼ cup / 60 ml / 55 gm / 2 oz
Table Salt 1.5 teaspoon / 7.5 ml / 9 gm / 1/3 oz
Nutmeg, grated 1 tsp. / 5 ml / 6 gm / ¼ oz

All Purpose Flour 4 2/3 cup / 1,120 ml / 650 gm / 23 oz + extra for dusting surface

Canola Oil DEPENDS on size of vessel you are frying in – you want THREE (3) inches of oil (can substitute any flavorless oil used for frying)


  1. Place the milk in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat just until warm enough to melt the shortening. (Make sure the shortening is melted so that it incorporates well into the batter.)
  2. Place the shortening in a bowl and pour warmed milk over. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and let dissolve for 5 minutes. It should get foamy. After 5 minutes, pour the yeast mixture into the large bowl of a stand mixer and add the milk and shortening mixture, first making sure the milk and shortening mixture has cooled to lukewarm.
  4. Add the eggs, sugar, salt, nutmeg, and half of the flour. Using the paddle attachment of your mixer (if you have one), combine the ingredients on low speed until flour is incorporated and then turn the speed up to medium and beat until well combined.
  5. Add the remaining flour, combining on low speed at first, and then increase the speed to medium and beat well.
  6. Change to the dough hook attachment of the mixer and beat on medium speed until the dough pulls away from the bowl and becomes smooth, approximately 3 to 4 minutes (for me this only took about two minutes). If you do not have a dough hook/stand mixer – knead until the dough is smooth and not sticky.
  7. Transfer to a well-oiled bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  8. On a well-floured surface, roll out dough to 3/8-inch (9 mm)thick. (Make sure the surface really is well-floured otherwise your doughnuts will stick to the counter).
  9. Cut out dough using a 2 1/2-inch (65 mm) doughnut cutter or pastry ring or drinking glass and using a 7/8-inch (22 mm) ring for the center whole. Set on floured baking sheet, cover lightly with a tea towel, and let rise for 30 minutes.
  10. Preheat the oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 365 °F/185°C.
  11. Gently place the doughnuts into the oil, 3 to 4 at a time. Cook for 1 minute per side or until golden brown (my doughnuts only took about 30 seconds on each side at this temperature).
  12. Transfer to a cooling rack placed in baking pan. Allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes prior to glazing, if desired.I used vegetable oil instead of Canola oil and Made Sugar Glazed,chocolate glazed and few filled with jam and use few sprinkles.Finally the challenge was a big hit.

10 comments: said...

wow lovely yummy donuts.

Kurinji said...

Super o super...

Priya said...

Cute and irresistible doughnuts..

The Betz Family said...

What a great variety of doughnuts! Love the jam filled middle. Nice job on the challenge!

Nitha said...

Lovely and delicious doughnuts...

Renuka said...

They looks so delicious and I love the variety. Jam filled are my fav too.....lovely photos. Great job

Renata said...

Cute doughnuts! So colorful!

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

looks yummy Kavya...looks like u r up to anything things these days...keep it up:)

s said...

YUM! they all look good.

kanthi said...

Kavya,doughnuts look adhurs