Recipe: National Doughnut Day & Yeast Doughnuts

National Doughnut Day is on the first Friday of June each year – TODAY! So get out there and celebrate!

In honor of this magnificent holiday I’m posting my basic yeast donut recipe. Frankly I almost never make this recipe (hence the reason the donuts pictured are store bought and DEFINITELY NOT this recipe nor made by me – I bought those)…its an easy yeast dough but takes forever and is a big time waster, with little payoff in my mind. By the time they are done your ready to go to bed again! But they are SO good…and do not compare to any store bought kind you will ever find. So give them a shot on a special occasion, like I do from time to time.

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 cup warm milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

Mix the yeast in with the milk and let it “proof” for 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, reserving half of the flour, and mix well. Slowly add the remaining flour and knead until you form an elastic smooth dough.

Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise until doubled in size. Roll to 1/2 inch thick and cut out donuts to your desired size. Keep all the scraps though (so you can fry those along with the donuts) and place everything on a flat surface, cover, and let rise until doubled again.

Fry in 350 degree oil for about 30 seconds per side. Remove and cool. When cool pour the glaze over the top or dip it into the glaze, your choice and either works well.

1/3 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup hot water
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted (omit if you want plain glaze)

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