Yeah, I know. You’re avoiding carbs. Me too. So I made chocolate glazed doughnuts. And now I’m going to share the recipe with you. Because fattery loves company. Or something like that.
Here’s what you need:
- 4 1/2 tsps active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 1/2 cups warm milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup shortening
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 cups vegetable oil for frying
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups icing sugar
Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and let stand until foamy.
In a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 cups of flour. Mix for a few minutes at low speed. Tell your kids that the doughnuts are not ready yet.
Beat in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes, then place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a clean dish towel. Set in a warm place to rise until double – about an hour. Repeatedly tell your kids that the doughnuts are not ready yet.
About 10 minutes before the dough is finished rising, make the glaze by combining butter, milk, corn syrup, and vanilla in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Turn the heat to down to low and add the chocolate chips. Whisk until melted. Turn off heat and add the icing sugar and cocoa, again whisking until smooth. Set aside.
Yell “NO THE DOUGHNUTS AREN’T READY YET BUT HERE’S SOME CHOCOLATE!!” while throwing the lone chocolate-covered whisk amidst your pack of children. Then stand back and watch them attack each other like a bunch of desperate single women trying to catch the bouquet at a wedding.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. You can use different size cookie cutters to cut into doughnut shapes or you can do what I did and use a glass and a bottle cap.
Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Pop the doughnuts into the hot oil. Fry doughnuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Dip doughnuts into the glaze while they’re still warm. Eat three doughnuts in rapid succession.
Tell the kids the doughnuts are finally ready.