We’re not going to lie, making your own doughnuts is way more difficult than picking up a dozen glazed at your favorite shop, but imagine how impressed your friends will be when you whip out these warm, chocolate-dipped puppies. Plus you get to punch dough and deep fry, always fun. You can swap out the orange flavoring for whatever strikes your fancy, extract or liqueur-wise. Just do it. You’ll thank us.
- 9 ounces milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 packet yeast
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups flour
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon orange water, or orange liqueur
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup warm milk
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon orange extract
- 4 ounces chocolate, chopped
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- In a large mixing bowl combine half of the flour with the yeast.
- In a saucepan heat milk, sugar, butter and salt until butter melts.
- Stir milk mixture into the flour/yeast mixture and add the eggs.
- Beat with a heavy-duty electric mixer on low for 30 seconds, just to combine. Increase speed to high and beat 3 minutes.
- Add the remaining flour, a little at a time, until you have a firm dough.
- Knead dough on lightly-floured work surface for about 5 minutes until it is smooth and pliable.
- Place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover and let dough rise until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.
- Flip the dough out back onto the floured surface, punch down and roll out to about 1 /2- inch thickness.
- Cut out doughnuts with a floured doughnut cutter, a circular cookie cutter, a biscuit cutter or a glass — anything round and doughnut sized will do.
- Gather up any leftover bits and centers and roll trimmings and cut them into more doughnuts too.
- Transfer doughnuts to baking sheet, cover and let rise again for about another hour. You will know when they are ready.
- Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 360 degrees F. Fry doughnuts, in batches until golden all over.
- Use a slotted spoon to remove doughnuts from the oil and place on a rack to drain — don;t let drain on paper towels. While that works for many fried foods, doughnuts will stick. Paper towel flavored doughnuts, not good.
- Let doughnuts cool and then dip into glaze.
- Combine butter, milk, corn syrup, and orange extract in medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until butter is melted.
- Decrease the heat to low, add the chocolate, and whisk until melted.
- Remove pan from heat, add the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth.
- Dip the doughnuts right away.
- Allow glaze to set for 30 minutes before moving or serving.