Who wouldn't want a sweet treat on Valentine's day? Wouldn't it be fun to get to work and have a little bag of fresh homemade doughnuts waiting on your desk? I absolutely love this doughnut recipe that I found on Get Off Your Butt and Bake blog. I have made the recipe several times now and decided that I would make a little sweet treat for my family. The issue is that you have to have a bunch of people to share them with because they are the most delicious on day one and the last time I checked you probably shouldn't be eating more than two of these ridiculously good creations.
Raised Doughnuts from Get Off Your Butt and Bake
2 tablespoons Rapid rise yeast
1/4 cup Warm water (hot to touch)
1 1/2 cups Lukewarm milk (scalded then cooled)
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
1/3 cup Shortening
5 cups All Purpose Flour
Vegetable oil (for frying)
Creamy Glaze ( 1/3 cup butter melted, 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 4-6 tbsp. hot water all mixed together to create a nice glaze. I did add more powdered sugar to thicken it up a bit.)
Directions: (These have been modified slightly to my liking)
Dissolve yeast in the warm water. (I also add just a dash of sugar to the yeast mixture to help it rise)
Then pour the yeast mixture into a large mixing bowl and add milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 cups of flour.
Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining flour and add additional flour if needed until smooth dough forms.
Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour. The dough will be ready when indentation remains after dough is touched. Turn onto a floured surface and lightly coat with flour.
Carefully roll out dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into circles, using a smaller circle to cut out center. Cover and let rise until double again, about 30 minutes.
Heat oil to 350 degrees. (I used a dutch oven with canola oil and warmed my electric stove burner to medium heat until bubbles crackle when you gently sprinkle a few drops of water in it.)
Gently drop the doughnuts into the oil with a wide slotted spatula then turn the doughnuts when you begin to see the bottom brown or they start to rise to the surface of the oil. Flip and fry the other side until brown too. Remove carefully from the oil with a slotted wide spatula. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.
Once drained dip into the glaze and gently shake off the excess glaze, then set on a cooling rack.
Enjoy your doughnuts!
With doughnuts this pretty they deserve a pretty package to deliver them in. I have plenty of tiny Victoria's Secret bags hanging around my house that are just the perfect size and colors for Valentines day. All you need is a little scrapbook paper, a cute printout describing your gift, some glue and a ribbon.
First I lined each doughnut individually with waxed paper. I also lined the bag with waxed paper.
Then grab your newly made over treat bag. (I just made the label on Microsoft Word using the drawing tool, then printed out and glued onto the scrapbook paper "Fresh Doughnuts made with LOVE")
Gently turn the bag onto it's end to stack the doughnuts in one by one, the folded end of the wax paper down.
A beautiful handmade gift they are sure to enjoy!
Now grab your bags and get baking!