Alyssa loves sharing her family's favorite recipes with the world. She is a wife and a mom who enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee.
Celebrate National Donut Day!
Isn't it fun to have random celebrations? There's an unofficial holiday for just about everything these days, but I think anything that can help spread a little happiness and joy in this world is a good thing. Did you know that there's a national day for donuts? It's June 3rd, to be exact.
Growing up, donuts were always a special breakfast treat. There was nothing better than waking up to find a white paper bag on the counter filled with fresh, hot donuts.
As an adult, donuts are still a rare treat. My personal favorites are the Nickles Donut Fair Glazed Twirls. It's easy to eat the entire bag in one sitting! Krispy Kreme glazed donuts are a close second. So, when I discovered there was a day dedicated to donuts, I thought it would be the perfect time to try my hand at making a batch myself.
My original plan included my trusty bread machine. However, the dough setting was a little too lengthy, and I was left with useless over-kneaded dough. I don't like to be wasteful, but no amount of effort salvaged the mess.
Despite the setback, I was determined to whip up some delicious donuts, and that's exactly what I did. Making the dough by hand was a lot quicker than I had thought, and within an hour and a half, I had a pile of donuts waiting to be devoured.
The secret to these donuts lies in the glaze. While they are delicious right out of the fryer, the donuts are even better on the second day! Get ready to pass on the Krispy Kreme in favor of your own homemade glazed donuts. This will quickly become a family favorite.
For the donuts:
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1/2 cup milk, room temperature
- 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
- 3 cups flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 jumbo egg
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
For the glaze:
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- Combine 1/4 cup warm water, yeast, and milk in a small bowl. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Slowly stir in the yeast mix.
- Add egg and vegetable oil. Mix well. Stir in 1 1/4 cups of warm water to create a sticky dough.
- Place dough on a generously floured surface. Gently knead dough in the flour until it's soft and no longer sticky.
- Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a bowl. Cover the bowl with a towel and let the dough rise for 1 hour.
- Heat your fryer to 375°F. Alternatively, you could heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a pan.
- Make the glaze: In a bowl, mix milk, light corn syrup, and powdered sugar together.
- Place your risen dough on a floured surface. Cut in half using a dough cutter.
- Set one half aside and begin rolling out the other half to about a 1/2-inch thick.
- Cut out your donuts. I used my 1-cup measuring cup for the donut and a shot glass for the donut hole.
- Fry the donuts for about 90 seconds and then flip them to continue frying for an additional 90 seconds or until golden brown.
- Remove donuts and donut holes from the oil, setting them on a cooling rack. Dip each one in the glaze, making sure to coat both sides generously. Place them back on the cooling rack.
- Allow the glaze to harden completely. Then serve the donuts warm with a side of hot coffee or ice cold milk. Enjoy!