Hooray! It’s Friday and National Doughnut Day!! On Tuesday I shared with you a number of great doughnut flavor combinations. There really is no limit on what people will fill, coat or top a doughnut with. With that being said I have a great basic doughnut recipe that you can then transform with your favorite toppings and glazes.

2 tbsp. active dry yeast
¼ cup warm water 
1 ½ cups lukewarm milk
½ cup white sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
5 ¼ tbsp. butter
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 quart vegetable oil (for frying)

1. Dissolve yeast in the warm water with 1 tablespoon of white sugar (let it sit for 5-10 minutes).
2. In a sauce pan warm the milk, white sugar, and butter until the mixture is lukewarm.
3. In a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, milk mixture, eggs, salt, and 2 cups of flour.
4. Beat in the remaining flour ½ cup at a time until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead the dough in mixing bowl or by hand for 10 minutes.
5. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and then set aside in a warm place to allow the dough to double in size.
6. Once doubled, turn the dough out onto a floured surface and gently roll out to a ½ inch thickness. Cut your doughnuts with a floured doughnut cutter and place on a baking sheet. Leave the doughnuts on the baking sheet to rise until they double in size. 
7. Heat the oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degree. Slide doughnuts into the hot oil using a wide spatula and turn doughnuts over as they rise to the surface. Fry the doughnuts on each side until they are a light golden brown. Remove from the hot oil and let cool and drain on a wire rack. Keep a cookie sheet under racks for easy clean up.

You are now ready to glaze and top your doughnuts with your favorite toppings. I am thinking a chocolate glaze with Reese’s pieces sounds like a pretty good doughnut topping combination. What doughnut flavor combination will you choose to make?

Don’t forget that you can celebrate National Doughnut Day with a free doughnut from your local Krispy Kreme shop. If you don’t live near a KK call your local doughnut shop to see if they are celebrating National Doughnut Day. Have a wonderful weekend!


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