I have been recipe testing to prepare for Christmas. Every year I make the kiddos doughnuts. Fried and covered in powdered sugar goodness.
- 2 cups flour, all-purpose
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 3/4 tsp dried yeast
- 8 oz water, lukewarm temperature
- 1 tbsp orange or lemon juice
- 1 tsp orange or lemon peel
- rum soaked raisins (optional)
- oil for deep frying
- powdered sugar for coating
Special equipment: deep fryer (or wok or pot), tongs
Put the yeast in the water and set aside for 5 minutes.
Place the flour, salt and sugar in a bowl and mix together. After the yeast is ready, pour the water and yeast mixture into the bowl along with the juice and peel, and mix by hand until a very sticky dough forms (if using rum-soaked raisins, add them at this time). Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until at least doubled.
Place the oil in a pan and turn to medium. Drop a small of dough into the hot oil to make sure it’s ready. The dough will be sticky so don’t be alarmed. Pull out about 2 tablespoons worth and put a hole in the ball and drop into the oil.
They’ll float to the top when they’re done and turn golden brown. Place on top of paper towels and sprinkle with a generous amount of powdered sugar.