On of my favorite childhood memories is making doughnuts with my grandmother. I think I was no more than 7 at the time and was sleeping over her house. Randomly we made doughnuts at 11:00pm and ate almost all of them. It’s a treat when my grandmother makes doughnuts and don’t last long in my family. As soon as any of my little cousins get wind of her doughnuts, they devour them in record time.
I have not had the best of luck when it came to making the traditional fried doughnuts. Usually it’s the frying part that I just can’t get. Tonight though, the doughnut gods must have been looking down on me because I was able to actually fry my first batch of doughnuts…and I didn’t even need the fire extinguisher Dan insisted I keep in the kitchen while I was frying…for the win!
So in honor of national doughnut day here is a recipe for a copycat Krispy Cream Doughnut.
Krispy Cream Copycat Doughnuts
2 (1/4 ounce) packages yeast or 4-½ teaspoon yeast
⅓ cup water (105-115F / 40-46C)
1½ cup milk
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
⅓ cup butter or shortening (95 grams or 3.5 ounce)
5 cups all-purpose flour
Canola oil for frying
½ cup butter (melted)
2 cups powdered sugar
2 -teaspoon vanilla
5-7 tablespoons evaporated milk
1) In a standing mixer combine lukewarm water and yeast. Let it sit until dissolve for about 5 minutes.
2) Meanwhile in a microwave safe medium bowl, heat milk for about 2 minutes. Remove and let it cool.
3) Add, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening or butter and 2 cups of flour to bowl of yeast.
4) Mix for 2 minutes at medium speed. Add the remaining 3 cups of flour and continue mixing dough. Scraping down sides.
5) Place dough in a large greased bowl. Cover loosely with a clean clothe and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 to 2 hours or until doubled.
6) Roll dough out on a floured surface to about ¼ inch thickness. Cut into doughnuts using a donut cutter or cookie cutter about one 1-inch and one 3 or 4-inch .Let stand for about 10 minutes.
7) In a large, sauce pan pour vegetable oil, until it is at least 3 inches (or about 5 centimeters) high and place on medium heat until oil is 375 degrees
8) Carefully drop doughnuts into hot oil, only a few at a time. Fry, turning once, for about 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on prepared paper towels.
9) In a microwave safe bowl melt the butter.
10) Remove and stir in powdered sugar and vanilla extract until everything comes together
11) Then evaporated milk (or sub water) until you have reached desired consistency
12) Dip doughnuts in glaze and let it drip on the rack.