EASY AND DELICIOUS DOUGHNUT DOUGH

EASY AND DELICIOUS DOUGHNUT DOUGH

Serving: Makes about 20 doughnuts (about 1kg dough)

Try our recipe for homemade doughnuts. Once you’ve tasted these irresistibly plump and sugary treats from doughnut master Justin Gellatly, there’ll be no going back!

INGREDIENTS:

For the dough

500g strong white bread flour
60g golden caster sugar
15g fresh yeast, crumbled
4 eggs
zest 1/2 lemon
2 tsp fine sea salt
125g softened unsalted butter
about 2 litres sunflower oil, for deep-frying
caster sugar, for tossing

DIRECTIONS:

STEP 1
Put 150g water and all the dough ingredients, apart from the butter, into the bowl of a mixer with a beater paddle. Mix on a medium speed for 8 mins or until the dough starts coming away from the sides and forms a ball. Turn off the mixer and let the dough rest for 1 min.

STEP 2
Start the mixer up again on a medium speed and slowly add the butter to the dough – about 25g at a time. Once it is all incorporated, mix on high speed for 5 mins until the dough is glossy, smooth and very elastic when pulled.

STEP 3
Cover the bowl with cling film or a clean tea towel and leave to prove until it has doubled in size. Knock back the dough in the bowl briefly, then re-cover and put in the fridge to chill overnight.

STEP 4
The next day, take the dough out of the fridge and cut it into 50g pieces (you should get about 20).

STEP 5
Roll the dough pieces into smooth, tight buns and place them on a floured baking tray, leaving plenty of room between them, as you don’t want them to stick together while they prove.

STEP 6
Cover loosely with cling film and leave for 4 hrs or until doubled in size. Fill your deep-fat fryer or heavy-based saucepan halfway with oil. Heat the oil to 180C.

STEP 7
When the oil is heated, carefully slide the doughnuts from the tray using a floured pastry scraper. Taking care not to deflate them, put them into the oil. Do 2-3 per batch, depending on the size of your fryer or pan.

STEP 8
Fry for 2 mins each side until golden brown – they puff up and float, so you may need to gently push them down after about 1 min to help them colour evenly.

STEP 9
Remove the doughnuts from the fryer and place them on kitchen paper …

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