Do I really need to say more? I feel like the donut trend is still at a high and I am completely ok with that, because they are one of my favourite treats. I’m not sure if I’ve shared with you guys before but donuts, Timbits to be exact, were my biggest craving during both my pregnancies. A 20 pack of Timbits, half chocolate and half sour cream glazed was the way to this pregnant ladies heart and something my hubby picked up on very early. Perhaps this is why my kids eyes light up like flashlights when they see a box of Timbits, there is no hiding those in our house. Since the whole family has a sweet tooth and a love for donuts I am really surprised it took me this long to attempt to make them at home. I think the new gas stove is what gave me the urge to play around and I am so glad I finally attempted to make them at home.
Over the last couple of weeks I have played around with a couple of recipes, making minor changes here and there, adjusting to my preferences and items on hand. This batch I made for our Valentines day shoot was best batch yet (thank goodness) and I think my favourite recipe yet. I thought before that donuts were really complex, but they really aren’t. The hardest part is patience while the dough rises, not once but twice. So if you were able to master the Cheese Buns I shared with you last month then you will be able to tackle these with ease. And don’t let the thought of frying them scare you. I don’t have a deep fryer or an electric fryer. I simply heated oil in a skillet on the stove and it was super easy.
- 1/4 hot water
- 1 package Active Yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/4 sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp butter
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 4 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- In your mixing bowl mix together hot water and yeast and set aside for 10 minutes, until mixture is nice and frothy.
- Mix in milk, egg, sugar, salt and butter on stir setting.
- Slowly add in 1 cup of flour, mixing for 2 minutes.
- Slowly add in remaining flour. The dough will start to pull away from the sides forming a nice soft dough.
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5-8 minutes.
- Place dough into a greased bowl, turning once to cover dough.
- Cover and set aside in a draft free spot for one hour or until dough has doubled in size.
- Once dough has doubled in size, again turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll dough until about 1/2 inch think.
- Using heart shaped cookie cutters (or cutters of your choice) cut out your donuts and place on a large baking sheet.
- Cover and set aside to rise for one hour or until doubled in size.
- Once donuts have risen, heat oil until approximately 350 degrees.
- Carefully place your donuts into the oil ( a couple at a time) and fry until lightly browned on each side.
- Once browned remove from oil and place on baking sheets lined with oil to let cool.
- Once your donuts are cooled, make your glaze.
- To make the glaze, simply mix together your icing sugar, milk and vanilla. You can added more or less sugar or milk until your reach your desired consistency. Dip donuts face down into the place and then place on parchment lined baking sheet.
- Before the icing hardens sprinkle with your desired sprinkles, or has Hazel would do, pour that shit on.
Now if your craving more Valentines Day ideas you will have to go check out the rest of the contributors from our Valentines Day party!
Loving Little Blog – Heart Eyes Valentines Day Party and Party Post 2.
Raising Jay and Abel – 2 Step Valentines Day Table Cloth
And don’t forget to check out Owl be your Valentine to see what our Valentines day cards look like and our Valentines Day Printable to download our free counting printable.