Thursday, June 6, 2013

Whole Wheat Donuts and what my child will do for a donut...

So today is National Donut Day, obviously a day that we celebrate in this house. Liam and I both have a love for anything sweet and Liam especially has a thing for donuts. This kid will do anything for a donut, its usually what I use as bribery for good behavior or helping me out. I kid you not, this boy has sit through numerous dentist visits and hair appointments that last upwards to two hours all for a donut! I'm always surprised with how well behaved he will be for a single donut, I should buy him a dozen.

My love for donuts started early as well, I remember my grandma "mommo" making this little donuts that she called mousy's, essentially fried dough that was in the shape of a mouse. My sister and I still reminisce about those. We would stay at her house on the weekends, go to church on Saturday afternoon, come home have dinner, watch the Golden Girls, and Mommo would make some mousy's. Memories I will never forget! 

This recipe is fairly versatile, you could add some lemon or orange zest to give it a nice citrus note, fill it with jam or a lemon curd, dip in chocolate, roll in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar. I used whole wheat flour, cause I had some laying around, it had no affect on the outcome, except mentally I thought I was doing myself and those around me a favor by giving them a "healthy" donut, HAHAHA! I opted for just a simple toss in regular sugar. Simple and delicious!

This is a go to recipe and I look forward to sharing more combinations with you!

As always, start with room temperature ingredients. 

Combine yeast, pinch of sugar, and water together in a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.
Add flour, remaining sugar, egg yolks, butter, milk, cinnamon, and salt and mix on medium-high for about 5 minutes until dough pulls away from bowl and makes "galloping" sound. 
Sprinkle top of dough with flour, cover with a clean towel, and place in a draft free place for 1 1/2- 2 hours, until doubled in size.

Roll dough on a floured surface to 1/2 inch, use 2" round biscuit cutter, and place on floured tray, cover with clean towel, and let right in draft free place 30 minutes. 

Heat oil to 350º F, fry dough for 30 seconds and flip using metal tongs or slotted spoon.
Place on paper towel lined sheet to drain off. 
Once cool toss in sugar and fill if you fancy.


makes 2 dozen

2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 Tablespoons warm water
3 1/4 Cups Flour, Whole Wheat or All Purpose
1 Cup Whole Milk, room temperature
1/2 stick Butter, softened 
3 Egg Yolks
2 Tablespoons Sugar plus 3/4 Cup for rolling cooked donuts
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 Cups Canola Oil, for frying

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