How to Make Donuts
I’m going to walk you through the steps before getting to the recipe just so you can see exactly what’s about to go down. I understand homemade glazed doughnuts seem a little intimidating, but I assure you– they’re really not! I made them last Monday in only about 2 hours– and most of that time was sitting around waiting for the dough to rise/snapchatting every single step/planning on eating super healthy the rest of the day because homemade glazed doughnuts.
Homemade doughnuts are a fun and tasty do-it-yourself project. Master these irresistible fried pastries.
Getting Donuts in Old Sacramento
True, you can always buy doughnuts — most supermarket bakeries sell them, and nearly every town has a doughnut shop. But making homemade doughnuts yourself brings its own sweet rewards: Yours will be fresher and better — and it’s a great project for a rainy weekend afternoon.
What Are Doughnuts?
Doughnuts (also spelled donuts) are deep-fried pastries made from dough. Doughnutlike fried pastries appear in many forms the world over, from savory to sweet. However, in the United States, doughnuts are most often sweet treats, commonly enjoyed at breakfast or as a midmorning or midafternoon snack. Although doughnuts are sometimes filled with jam or pastry cream, the most common American doughnut type is circular with a hole in the middle — it looks like a puffy, chubby ring.
The Hole Story
How the hole ended up in the center of the doughnut is unclear, but one believable story is that in the mid-18th century, a Maine baker’s apprentice was frustrated by a succession of fried pastries that turned out with underdone centers. The apprentice decided to poke holes in the pastries before frying to help them cook more evenly.
There are two basic ring-style doughnuts:
Raised or yeast doughnuts: These call on yeast for leavening and need to rise before frying.Cake doughnuts: These call on baking powder for leavening; the batter needs to be chilled before rolling to make it easier to handle.