Classic Glazed Donuts

Classic Glazed Donuts


Making donuts and munchkins from scratch can seem like an intimidating endeavor, but once you go homemade, it’s really hard to go back to store-bought. After you make the dough and let it rise overnight, you’ll cut the donut and donut hole shapes and fry them in a heavy pan. While they rest, whisk together the glaze and either drizzle over the donuts or dunk them in it. Add sprinkles if you want and enjoy your warm, fresh-baked treats — this recipe makes a lot of them!

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12 servings

How to Make It

1. Step
In a medium bowl, add the milk, sugar, and yeast, stirring to combine.
2. Step
In a separate medium bowl, add the butter, eggs, and vanilla extract, stirring to combine.
3. Step
Add the milk mixture to the egg mixture and whisk to combine. Transfer to a large bowl and add the flour in thirds, stirring between each addition.
4. Step
Dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, until smooth. Gently poke the dough with a finger--the dough should bounce back up from the indentation.
5. Step
Place the dough in a large bowl, and lightly coat the dough with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
6. Step
Let the dough rise in a warm place for an hour, or until doubled in size.
7. Step
Take the dough out and knead on a floured surface for 5 minutes until smooth. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and repeat with rise overnight in refrigerator.
8. Step
Roll out the dough on a floured surface until ¼ inch (6 mm) thick.
9. Step
Cut out the doughnuts and donut holes with a cookie cutter and piping tip.
10. Step
Melt enough shortening over medium heat to come up just 2 inches (5 cm) up on the side of a heavy frying pan. Heat the shortening to 375°F (190°C)
11. Step
Fry the donuts and donut holes for 45 seconds on each side, or until golden brown.
12. Step
In a bowl, combine the powdered sugar, dry milk powder, vanilla extract and hot water until smooth.
13. Step
Strain the glaze through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any lumps.
14. Step
Dunk the donuts in the glaze or drizzle the glaze on top.
15. Step


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