Yes it sure is…June 6th is NATIONAL DONUT DAY. This is my first post for a NATIONAL FOOD DAY. Who knew there was such a thing?
Unlike so many food holidays that are merely marketing gimmicks, National Donut Day has more noble origins. The Salvation Army invented it during the great depression to raise money for the needy and honor the work of volunteers during World War I.
….and to celebrate Krispy Kreme has a special treat for you
I wouldn’t want you to miss out on a free donut : )
We’re off to get our donut… until later betti
We’re back and yummmmmm those doughnuts are so good. We bought a dozen glazed and added a dozen assorted. Such indulgence, but honestly they are so good. They knew what they were doing. How can you eat that free doughnut and walk away just couldn’t do it…
I looked for an old recipe I had that was a clone of the Krispy Kreme glazed and I found it and here it is for you. If you’re not near a Krispy Kreme and want to get an idea of what all the fuss is about try this recipe it is about as close to theirs as I think you can get.
FRESH OUT THE GREASE-
KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
4 TBSP sugar
3 TBSP unsalted butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp. yeast
1/2 cup tangzhong*
*Tangzhong water roux bread enhancer-gives dough soft and fluffy texture.
To make the Tangzhong follow these directions:
1/3 cup all purpose flour and 1 cup water
Combine flour and water in small skillet and heat until mixture thickens to the point swirl lines appear when you stir it. Once the swirl lines start to appear remove from burner and set aside to cool. You will add this to the other ingredients for the bread dough.
2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 TBSP water
*Make the tangzhong before you start to make the dough.
To make the dough dump all of the dough ingredients including the tangzhong into a bread machine, and set it to the “basic dough” function. (You can make this dough by hand or in a stand mixer with a dough hook – knead about 15 minutes until the dough can be stretched to form a windowpane. Form dough into a ball and place in an oiled bowl. Cover and allow to rise 45 minutes in a warm draft free place, then punch down and allow to rise another 30-45 minutes.
When the dough has risen twice and is done, roll it out into a rectangle on a floured surface – somewhere between 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch thick.
Use a large 3″ round biscuit or cookie cutter to cut large circles, then use a smaller 1″ cutter to cut the middle (the doughnut holes). I got about 15 donuts from my dough. (Use the remaining dough scraps for dinner rolls. You won’t believe how good they will be. I don’t reroll for doughnuts because the dough becomes too tough for light and fluffy. The one thing I do is to make and extra 1/2 recipe of the glaze so I have more than enough.
Move the cut doughnuts right to the floured cookie sheet after you cut them so they are easy to access for frying. Cover loosely with plastic wrap (don’t let the donuts touch each other!), then set in a warm place to rise for one last time about 1 hour will do. (My rising place is in the oven, I set the oven to 250 degrees and let it heat up for 10 minutes only then I cut it off and use it as my rising place. I turn on the oven light to keep it warm and it is the perfect environment for the rising process.)
While the doughnuts are in the final rising phase, make the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, salt, water, and vanilla.
Heat about 1-2″ of oil in a large skillet or pot. (I used canola oil, and fried the donuts in a my 12” iron skillet.) Heat the oil up to about 375 degrees F (190 degrees Celsius) using a thermometer make sure the temperature stays constant as you add the raw doughnuts– this is the proper temperature for deep frying. An electric frying pan would be ideal for this but I haven’t had one in years. reminder put buy electric fry pan on my wish list.
Carefully lower a 3 or four donuts into the hot oil, and fry one side for 30-45 seconds.
Insert a skewer or chopstick into the hole, then flip over. Fry for another 30-45 seconds, then remove to a rack to cool.
When done – and cool enough to handle without burning your fingers, dunk each donut halfway into the glaze to coat.
Flip over, then set on a clean rack – allow the glaze to set for about 5 minutes before serving. It’s best to make these right before you want to eat them so that they are fresh and HOT just like Krispy Cream. My HOT light is on : )
until later betti : )