Brown Sugar Donuts with Orange Cinnamon Glaze

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I have been obsessed with donuts lately. I made cake donuts awhile back but I was craving real fried donuts. I ordered a donut cutter and donut cook book from William Sonoma and a friend brought them when she came to visit.
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I’m only so-so with yeast so I decided it would be a good idea to start with a simple recipe first and work my way up from there. I picked the brown sugar donut with orange and cinnamon glaze.
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NOTE: These are cooked using extremely hot oil. Read all the directions carefully and make sure you have the proper equipment.
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Brown Sugar Donuts
adapted from Donuts by Elinor Klivans
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Ingredients
3/4 cup whole milk (I used soy)
3 tbs unsalted butter
3 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 package (2 1/2 tsp quick rise yeast)
2 large eggs
2 tsp orange zest
oil for frying (canola or rapeseed)
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This is thicker glaze (more like icing). The one at the top is thinner.
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1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk and butter over heat, stirring until melted and 126 F/52 C and remove from the heat.
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You need quick yeast not granules (this is the best I could find)
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2. Fit a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. In the mixing bowl, combine 2 1/2 cups of the flour, the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and yeast and beat on low speed to mix (I used my hand mixer).
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Add the hot milk mixture, raise the speed to medium, and beat until well blended. Add the eggs and orange zest and beat until fully incorporated, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining 3/4 cup of flour and beat until well blended and smooth about 1 minute longer. The dough will be slightly sticky.
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3. Scrape the dough into a large clean bowl and cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel. Let stand until the dough is well risen and doubles in size about 45 minutes.
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4. Line one baking sheet with paper towels and one with baking paper brushed with oil.
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5. Generously flour a work surface (and your rolling pin) and roll out the dough into a round about 1/2 inch thick using a donut cutter. Gather the scrap and repeat until all the dough is used (remember to re-flour your surface). Transfer the donuts and holes to the oiled paper.
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Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise about 30 minutes.
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6. Pour warm oil to a depth of 2 inches into a deep fryer or deep heavy saute pan and warm oil on medium high until it reaches 360 F/182 C (I used my candy thermometer and set my electric hob to about 5-6 and give it a few minutes to heat up. Too high and the temperature will rocket up).
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I don’t think they sell Canola Oil in the UK
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Carefully lower 3 donuts into the hot oil and deep fry until golden dark brown about 1 minute on each side. Transfer to the towel lined banking sheet. Repeat to fry the remaining donuts and allow the oil to return to 360 F between batches (on a stove top it’s difficult to maintain a 360 F temp. I used 340-360 F and it seemed to work fine).
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I used tongs to lower and flip the donuts and a big serving spoon for the holes
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This donut is perfectly cooked
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Make sure to do a tester with one donut. This first one came out burnt!
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Cinnamon Orange Glaze
Ingredients
2 cups icing sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1tsp light corn syrup (I used golden syrup)
1 tsp orange zest
3-4 tbs hot water
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1. Mix all ingredients into a medium bowl and stir in hot water. Glaze should be slightly thin. I did 3 tablespoons and it was more like icing and needed to be spread with a spatula. 4 tablespoons gave a nice glaze and I could dip the top of the donut in the glaze.
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This was the thicker more frosting like glaze
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3 Comments

  1. Baking Addict

    Wow. These look really delicious :)

  2. How To Be Perfect

    Your donuts look great, loads better than my attempts. I tried making both cake and fried donuts, I'm not great with yeast and my cake donuts were far superior which was a bit disappointing (its the fried ones I love).

    I love Williams Sonoma and I have that exact yeast, maybe when I'm feeling brave I'll give them another go with this recipe x

  3. Cupcake Kelly

    I'll be making cake donuts soon!

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