Doughnut or Donut is type of pastry that is deep-fried and shaped in form of a circle or rings; it may contain various types of fillings and/or toppings and glaze. There are 3 popular types of doughnut and those are the ring shaped, circular ones with fillings and the spherical shaped ones made out of doughnut holes. Cooking method is also not restricted to frying as there is also some baked form but they taste differently as they don’t absorb oil during the cooking process.
It is said that doughnuts where introduced by the Dutch settlers in North America like other desserts such as cookies, cobblers and apple pie. They said it is a type of olykoek (oil cake in Dutch). The first version never had holes in it and it was just invented by Hansen Gregory in 1847 when he finds centres of the doughnuts without holes tends to be raw and usually that middle part absorbs too much oil during the cooking process, he then punched a hole in the centre of the dough prior to cooking with a tin pepper container to get rid of it.
This post was made because my daughter keeps asking me for doughnuts, too sad it is not that popular here like in the Philippines and America that is why we seldom see doughnut shops. Though we can buy them in the supermarkets or bake shops, they don’t have a good texture like the ones in Krispy Kreme so for her not to be dissatisfied and hate doughnuts for life I made one at home Krispy Kreme dough style. But like Hansen I somehow made this doughnuts in a manual way as we don’t have any doughnut cutter, I am not even sure where I can buy one in here, so the doughnuts you see above was cut by a tin can cover from a glass container then for the middle I used a medicine cup, you can call it crude but it works just look at the results above. I have done some crude ways before like using medicine cups as a mould in Polvoron or even shaping Hopia manually.
How about you have you tried to improvise in your kitchen? If you do can you share your story?
- 2½ cups flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 tsp yeast
- 2 tbsp warm water
- ¾ cups warm milk
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp shortening
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp evaporated milk
- 2 tbsp powdered sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Mix well together yeast and warm water in a mixing bowl.
- Add milk, sugar, salt, shortening, eggs and half of the flour. Using a mixer combine everything together until evenly mixed.
- Add the remaining flour then mix until smooth, texture will be sticky at this point. Cover bowl with cling wrap then let it rise for an hour in a warm place.
- Place dough in a well-floured board, dust the top with flour as well. Using a rolling pin flatten the dough gently until it is half inch thick. Do not press too hard.
- Cut with a doughnut cutter then place in a floured baking pan; let it rise for 30 minutes.
- Heat oil in a deep fryer at 180C, of if you are using pan heat oil in medium heat, then put in low when you are ready to fry.
- Drop doughnuts into the oil one or two at a time. Cook quickly around 30-45 seconds on one side then flip to the other side and cook for 30-45 more seconds, it should be golden brown in colour if not cook a little bit further.
- Remove from fryer then place it on a paper lined tray.
- Place all Chocolate Topping ingredients in a double boiler then let chocolate melt, mix well until smooth in texture
- Dip cooked doughnuts in the chocolate glaze then set aside.