Donuts are at their very best when they are eaten still warm, right out of the fryer. Now you can make glazed donuts at home and have them taste as good as, or better than donuts from your favorite shop!
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 2 Tablespoons lukewarm (not hot) water
- 3/4 cup lukewarm milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 2.5 Tablespoons lard or shortening
- 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
- oil for frying
- 2.5 Tablespoons butter
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons hot water (or as needed)
- Stir the dried yeast into the warm water and let it sit until foamy, about 10 minutes
- In a large bowl, mix together the yeast and water mixture, warm milk, sugar, salt, egg, shortening or lard and 1 cup of the flour. Mix with a mixer for a few minutes at low speed, or stirring slowly with a wooden spoon. Beat in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes with a dough hook or on a lightly floured work surface, or until smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough into a bowl coated with butter, and cover. Set in a warm place to rise until doubles. Dough is ready if you touch it, and the dent remains.
- Put the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thickness using a rolling pin. Cut with a doughnut cutter. Let doughnuts sit out to rise again until double covered with a clean towel.
- While the dough is rising, make the glaze. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in confectioners sugar and vanilla until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in hot water one tablespoon at a time until the icing is somewhat thin, but not watery. Set aside to cool.
- Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Carefully slide the doughnuts one at a time into the hot oil using a wide spatula. Turn doughnuts over as they come to the surface. Fry doughnuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from hot oil and drain on a wire rack. Dip doughnuts into the glaze while still hot, and set onto wire racks to drain off excess. Keep some aluminum foil under the rack for easier clean-up.
- Enjoy your creation!