Valentine’s Day gets closer and closer and makes a great opportunity to prepare a special breakfast or a fancy snack. One of my ideas for that day is to bake, yes, you’ve read correctly, to bake some donuts at home.
- 100 ml warm milk
- 50 g fresh yeast
- 370 g wheat flour (the one used to make cakes)
- 50 g sugar
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3 eggs
- 170 g butter
powdered sugar to make iceing
Firstable, make sure yeast, eggs and butter are in room temperature. Cut butter into pieces and warm it up.
Make a yeast solution – mix warm milk, crumbled yeast, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of flour, leave to rise for 10 minutes, covered with a cloth. Solution should lather quite a lot. Jar, where the yeast is, can be inserted into a pot of hot water, it will help the yeast grow. When the yeast has already filled the cup, add it to the bowl with the flour.
Sift flour, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Then pour the solution of yeast and stir with a spoon. Gradually add the eggs while mixing the ingredients with a wooden spoon. Then knead by hand for about 10 minutes or 7 minutes with a hook mixer (level 4). At the end of the dough should be smooth. Then, add pieces of soft butter and knead again. At the end we get a flexible and shiny dough. Cover it with a cloth and let it stand for about an hour to rise.
When dough has rised punch it with a fist and quickly knead by hand. Form the dough into a ball. Flatter cake batter to about 1cm high. You can sprinkle the dough with flour if it’s too sticky. Cut circles with a cookie cutter or with a glass. Then, cut out donut holes. Remember that the dough will increase again in the oven, so you should cut bigger holes than you’d like them to be in the end.
Leave donuts for 1/2 hour to make dough roughly double the volume.
Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) degrees. Bake for 13 – 15 minutes. Leave your donuts to cool for about 10 minutes.
When donuts are still a little warm, but not hot, glaze them with iceing.