I have a dear friend that is home sick with high fever for the past few days. She's just starting to recover a bit and I wanted to bring her something sweet and fun and comforting -- so I decided to make donuts.
After playing with Barbara Elsi's sourdough donuts last week, I learned a lot about the texture and donut shaping process. So this time, I was able to keep them closer to their proper shape. Also, I pan fried Barbara's recipe. With this recipe, I deep fried them as traditional donuts.
I took Jenny McCoy's donut course on Craftsy and made the yeasted dough recipes in the course materials with four changes: a) I used Earth Balance buttery sticks instead of butter; b) I used almond milk instead of whole milk; c) I used SAF Gold yeast; and d) I used lilac scented sugar that I made last month when the lilac flowers were in bloom.
The yeasted dough went CRAZY while fermenting. It started just below 1 quart and rose about a quart every 15 minutes - ending at around 4 quarts before I rolled out my dough.
They only needed about 10 minutes to proof before going into the oil. I heated my oil too hot at first so the first few were really dark. But once I got the oil back down to 350F, things went much smoother.
For the Jelly - I had actually made strawberry jam that I had canned earlier in the week, so I just used that jam.
Filling the donuts was interesting. First, I tried using my filling tip without a coupler in the piping bag. That was a mistake. Jelly went everywhere. So, after setting up bag #2, I used a coupler and I tied the back of the bag so the jelly could only go where I wanted it to.
For the toppings - I made four of them:
I cut most of the donuts into squares for jelly donuts but I made 40% of the dough into ring donuts.
I topped some of them in just chocolate; some in chocolate with strawberry glaze drizzled over them, and some with chocolate and chocolate sprinkles.
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