I have tragic news…

My memory card had so many pictures of gloriously rich donuts my camera tried to eat it, choked, and they both died.

Essentially what I’m saying here is…I have no donut pictures to share with you.

But I do have a cow in my hair!

Did that distract you? Did you forget about donuts?

Hmm…I guess not.

But I can tell you they looked like this…

And this!

And some of them even had cream in the middle…like this!

So I apologize, I can’t show you my donuts…but I can tell you how to make the best donuts in the world, and I promise, they looked even prettier than the pictures above.

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.

Yeasted donut recipe adapted from Alton Brown:

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 packages instant yeast (4.5 tsp)
  • 1/3 cup warm water (95 to 105 degrees F)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 23 ounces all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting surface
  • Peanut oil for frying (should rise up ~3 in in pot)

Melt the butter and the coconut milk in a saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and set aside. In a small bowl sprinkle the yeast over the water and wait five minutes until puffy.

After 5 minutes, pour the yeast mixture into a large bowl and add the milk and shortening mixture, first making sure the milk and shortening mixture has cooled to lukewarm.

Add the eggs, sugar, salt, nutmeg, and half of the flour.Beat on low until flour is incorporated and then turn up speed and beat until combined.  Add remaining flour, start on low and increase to beat on medium until well combined.

Kneed dough for approximately 10 minutes until smooth. Note: This will be difficult and the dough WILL be sticky! Its ok, it’s supposed to be this way, just deal with sticky hands for a little bit and do the best you can.

Transfer to a well oiled bowl and let stand 1 hr.

On a well floored surface roll the dough to 3/4 in thick. Note: Try to use as little flour as possible! You will need to use some to keep the dough from sticking to the counter, but try not to let too much get incorporated into the dough itself, you want the donuts to remain moist and somewhat sticky.

Cut donuts with a bigger and smaller circular cookie cutter. For some, just leave as large circles so you can fill them. You can also stuff some dough with cinnamon/sugar coated apples for apple fritters! Let rise covered with a wet cloth for 30 min.

Heat oil to ~375, or the recommended cooking temperature for the oil you are using (should say on bottle) in a tall pot.

Gently place in donuts 3-4 at a time. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side, or until the donuts are golden brown.

Remove CAREFULLY with a slotted spoon.

Glaze recipe

Disclaimer: I have to say, it isn’t my favorite chocolate glaze recipe ever, but it is definitely the one that tastes most like a typical donut shop donut glaze. Adapted from Alton Brown.

  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Combine butter, milk, corn syrup and vanilla in medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Decrease the heat to low, add the chocolate and whisk until melted. Turn off heat, add the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth. Place the mixture over a bowl of warm water and dip the doughnuts immediately. Allow glaze to set for 30 minutes before serving.

Cream Filling Recipe:

One box non-dairy vanilla pudding mix, follow the directions for pie filling…it’s too easy! You can find these boxes at the local grocery store, or Whole Foods.

Decorating Ideas

-sprinkle with powdered sugar

-dip in chocolate glaze

-fill with pie filling

-sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon combo (particularly good on the apple fritters)

-top with sprinkles

-top with nuts

-leave them plain

Don’t forget to fry your donut holes too!

This challenge was too fun, do try it! But make sure to have a whole lot of friends over or you might find yourself devouring a whole batch yourself 😉

Oh and PS…new camera gets here in a week! So look forward to some more posts with hopefully (cross your fingers) less blurry pictures.