So I’m back! and I’ve brought doughnuts, and.. a video… (wait, can you technically ‘bring’ a video? I’m ‘bringing’ it to your computer, I guess..)
Last week was actually crazy. Oh my god I don’t even remember most of it. So many mock exams and stress. I think if I was a computer it would be the equivalent of having Photoshop, Lightroom, Chrome (with 100 tabs open), iTunes and streaming TV, ALL AT THE SAME TIME. I think my brain needs more RAM; or maybe it just needs doughnuts.
But I would be boring if I did all the doughnut making and then left them as just vanilla – right? So I made them awesome. Who wants sprinkles, when you can have crushed biscoff cookies and crispy bacon on a coffee glazed doughnut.
Coffee with your doughnut?
NAH IT’S FINE BRO THERE’S COFFEE ON MY DOUGHNUT (although, let’s be honest here, I totally still drank coffee with them)
To be precise – I managed to have a total of 6 cups of coffee over the two days that I made + shot these doughnuts on. So, yeah. Coffee + doughnuts are the power pairing of this weekend. Sugar + caffeine were precisely what my soul needed after that week.
Crackly glaze, crumbs scattered everywhere, licking your lips and fingers. Shameless.
That’s what doughnuts should be about. Just happy food.
– Lara’s original recipe rests the dough in the fridge for 1-12 hours – I just let it rise on the counter for 1 hour instead. – If you don’t have a doughnut cutter, and you can’t find a 1″ cutter, try using a piping tip, or like me the lid to something like a salt shaker – To tell when the doughnuts have proved enough: gently poke the dough, it should spring back slowly.
- 3 tbsp active dried yeast
- 1 cup milk, warmed to 110 F (43 C)
- 2½ cups bread flour
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
- oil for frying
- Combine 2 tbsp yeast, ¾ cup milk and ½ cup flour in a medium bowl and let rest for 30 minutes in a warm place.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment fitted, combine the rest of the yeast and milk with the egg yolks, vanilla, salt and sugar. Add in the butter and ½ cup of flour - mix on low until incorporated.
- Change to the dough hook, then knead in the rest of the flour - ¼ cup at a time. Continue to knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover and rest for 1 hour.
- Roll the dough out on a floured surface until ½ inch thick. Cut out circles using a 3" cutter, and then a 1" cutter (see notes) to make the hole. Transfer the doughnuts (and doughnut holes) to a cookie sheet lined with a floured kitchen towel - spaced at least 1" apart. Re-roll the scraps and repeat the cutting + transferring.
- Cover loosely with cling film and rest for 5-20 minutes (see notes).
- Heat a 2 inch depth of oil to 360 F (180 C) in a deep, heavy bottomed pan. Use a metal spatula to transfer 2 or 3 proved doughnuts to the frying pan. Fry for 3-4 minutes until golden brown, flip and fry for a further 3-4 minutes. Remove from the oil using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. Repeat with the remaining doughnuts and doughnut holes. Let cool slightly then glaze.
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 6 to 8 tbsp milk or water
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Stir the ingredients together - I prefer using a shallow dish or you can use a smallish bowl.
- Dunk the doughnut into the glaze, turn to coat (you may find using a spoon will help you completely coat the doughnut with glaze). Remove from the glaze (I use a chopstick to help) to a piece of baking paper and let the glaze set.
For Coffee-Bacon-Biscoff Doughnuts
– coat the doughnuts in the vanilla glaze. Let set. – slightly crush 6 or 7 biscoff cookies (I put them in a plastic bag and gently crushed them with a rolling pin) – fry 5 or 6 rashers of bacon until crispy. Drain on paper towel, then use scissors to cut up into small pieces. Mix in with the crushed biscoff cookies. – then glaze top with coffee glaze (just dissolve the instant coffee in the boiling water, add the milk and sugar):
For the coffee glaze 1 1/2 tsp instant coffee 2 tbsp boiling water 1 to 2 tbsp milk 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
– whilst coffee glaze is still wet, sprinkle on crushed biscoff cookies and bacon.