When it comes to desserts, donuts never fail to brighten up the day. During a sleepover a couple years back, as the clock ticked closer to midnight, my friends and I heard the doorbell echo through the house. In the midst of snow and darkness, our friend walked in clutching an early Christmas surprise – a freshly baked box of assorted donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts. As we talked, joked and caught each other up on our lives, we dug into chocolate glaze, toasted coconut and jelly-filled donuts. The surprise was definitely the highlight of our night.
With 52 varieties to choose from, Dunkin’ Donuts customers can find everything from the classic glazed to the powdered sugar, but what if it’s not enough? This simple recipe takes 2 hours to make 15 to 20 donuts that rival those from Dunkin’ Donuts, and with the ability to add any toppings you want, they are perfect for early morning breakfasts, birthday surprises, holiday celebrations and more.
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Oil for frying
Toppings, icing, fillings, etc. (optional)
Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Then, make a well in the center. Whisk together milk, egg, butter and vanilla extract in another bowl. Pour into the center of the dry ingredients, and mix with a large spoon. Stir until the dough is combined but do not overmix. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and put the bowl in the fridge for 1 hour.
After an hour, remove the dough and place it on a well floured surface. Roll dough out to be about ½-¾ inch thick. Using a donut cutter (or something round) cut circles into the dough. Use something with a smaller circle (such as a bottle cap or the wide bottom of a frosting tip) to cut out the center.
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat so it is about 2-3 inches deep. Once the oil hits 360-365 degrees (use a candy thermometer), fry the donuts 2-3 at a time, for around 2 minutes per side or until puffed and golden brown. Remove donuts using a slotted spoon and let them cool on a paper towel.
As they are cooling, prepare your toppings or fillings. You can dip them in a chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla glaze, fill them with fillings such as jelly or custard, or top them off with powdered sugar, sprinkles or coconut. Enjoy!