In honor of National Doughnut Day, I thought I'd repost my favorite doughnut recipe! Here it is!
1 cup milk
2 packets (2 T) yeast
3 cups flour
1/2 cup warm mashed potato (microwave a medium potato on high for 5 minutes, scoop out potato and mash with a fork)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 T oil
Vegetable or Canola oil to fry in
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk for 1 minute or until warm but not hot. Stir in yeast and
let sit 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine flour, mashed
potato, salt, and sugar. Mix well then add the milk/yeast mixture and
oil. Mix until a soft dough forms. Turn onto a floured surface and
knead until dough is smooth and not too sticky. Roll into a circle that
is 1/2" thick. Using a doughnut cutter or two biscuit cutters, cut into
doughnuts. You can either keep the doughnut holes and fry them too (we do) or
re-roll them into the dough to cut out more doughnuts. Repeat until dough
is used up. Place cut doughnuts on a lightly floured surface to let rise
for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the glaze. Put
powdered sugar in a small bowl. Add milk, one tablespoon at a time,
until glaze is desired consistency. Add vanilla and mix well.
an electric skillet or frying pan, pour enough oil so that it is 1/2"
deep in your pan. Heat until 350F (medium to medium high on a stove).
It should take about 5 minutes to heat up. Place doughnuts carefully in
oil, cooking each side until browned. Remove to wire rack that has
paper towels underneath to catch the oil. After doughnuts have cooled for
about 3 minutes, drizzle with glaze.
Makes 12-15 doughnuts and holes.