Melt in Your Mouth Glazed Doughnuts

Is there anything better than a fresh, soft, hot doughnut with glaze dripping down the sides?  As much as I love to bake and make sweets of all kinds, it may surprise you that I’m not a huge sweets eater.  I much prefer savory to sweet in most cases.  However, doughnuts are the exception!

I happened to make these on what would have been my dad’s 86th birthday.  He LOVED sweets!  On this wintry February day, there’s nothing he would have enjoyed more than sitting at my kitchen table talking about our family genealogy (another hobby of mine and his) and eating hot glazed doughnuts.

doughnutMy mom used to tell of making homemade doughnuts as a young wife and mother.  She recalled taking a big plate piled high to a church function and people grabbing them as fast as they could get to them.  She would smile as she told of my dad being so proud of her and her great cooking ability.  I couldn’t help but think of that as I sent my teenage son out to share some of these with our neighbor kids playing outside in the snow.  He came home with a nearly empty container and I could see eager and excited faces on the kids as I looked out my living room window.

Sharing good food and good memories just makes me happy today!

Goodies 027Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup very warm water
  • 3/4 cup very warm milk
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Glaze:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1+tablespoons very softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Directions:

Combine water and milk together.  Heat in microwave until very warm.  Pour into large mixing bowl.

Sprinkle the yeast over the water and then drizzle in the honey, gently mixing.

Let rest for 5-10 minutes until the yeast is activated and foamy.

Add flour and salt to the bowl.

Knead with dough hook on low speed until dough is elastic and no longer sticky.  (Add a little more flour if necessary).

Cover the bowl and let the dough rise until doubled in size.  This takes somewhere around 1 hour.

On a floured work surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness.

Cut out the doughnuts with a doughnut cutter or if you don’t have one, you can use a drinking glass for the larger circle and something like a pill bottle to cut out the center hole.

Prepare for frying by heating your skillet or pot with about 2 inches of oil.  (I used a medium size skillet).

Heat the oil at a medium-high heat until it sizzles when you drop a little pinch of the dough into it.

Gently place each doughnut into the hot oil.  Once the bottom turns a golden color, flip them and cook on the other side.  (They fry VERY quickly, so be careful not to burn them).

Remove the doughnuts to a wire rack to let them dry and slightly cool.

In medium size bowl, combine all the glaze ingredients.  If it seems too thick, you can add a little more milk.

While the doughnuts are still warm, dip into the glaze.

Return to rack to allow the excess glaze to drip off.