Prep 45 mins
Cook 24 mins
Anyone who's ever dropped into a Tim Horton's for a morning snack can testify to the appeal of coffee and a doughnut. Here, yeast doughnuts with a touch of cinnamon get an extra jolt of flavor from a sweet espresso glaze. Times given do not include rising time.
- 1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast or 2 1⁄2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons warm water
- 3 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour, plus
- additional all-purpose flour, for sprinkling and rolling out dough
- 1 cup whole milk, at room temperature
- 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3 large egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 10 cups vegetable oil (for deep frying)
- 1⁄4 cup boiling-hot water
- 5 teaspoons instant espresso powder or 5 teaspoons instant coffee granules
- 1 1⁄2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 cup sanding sugar (optional)
- Stir together yeast and warm water in a small bowl until yeast is dissolved. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. (If yeast doesn't foam, discard and start over with new yeast.).
- Mix together flour, milk, butter, yolks, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and yeast mixture in mixer at low speed until a soft dough forms. Increase speed to medium-high and beat 3 minutes more.
- Scrape dough down side of bowl (all around) into center, then sprinkle lightly with flour (to keep a crust from forming). Cover bowl with a clean kitchen towel (not terry cloth) and let dough rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled in bulk, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. (Alternatively, let dough rise in bowl in refrigerator 8 to 12 hours.).
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 12-inch round (1/2 inch thick). Cut out as many rounds as possible with 3-inch cutter, then cut a hole in center of each round with 1-inch cutter and transfer doughnuts to a lightly floured large baking sheet. Cover doughnuts with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until slightly puffed, about 30 minutes (45 minutes if dough was cold when cutting out doughnuts). Do not reroll scraps.
- Heat 2 1/2 inches oil in a deep 4-quart heavy pot until it registers 350°F on thermometer. Fry doughnuts, 2 at a time, turning occasionally with a wire or mesh skimmer or a slotted spoon, until puffed and golden brown, about 2 minutes per batch. Transfer to paper towels to drain. (Return oil to 350°F between batches.).
- Stir together boiling-hot water and espresso powder in a medium bowl until powder is dissolved, then stir in confectioners sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, and salt until smooth.
- Dip doughnuts into glaze, turning to coat well, then put on a rack set in a shallow baking pan (to catch any drips). While glaze is wet, sprinkle doughnuts with sanding sugar (if using). Let stand until glaze is set, about 20 minutes.
I'm so honored to be the first to review this great recipe. I've never even heard of Tim Horton's but if he serves these I will be looking for it. They are so good, just the right amount of sweet with that great coffee glaze. I made as directed up to the dough, but then neither DH or myself needed to eat a dozen donutes so cut the dough into 4 sections, cooked one and froze the rest, I'll be eager to see how the frozen ones come out. Dusted with dusting sugar and it not only looked pretty but tasted awesome. I did take a photo but it came out blurry - so will take another one to post with the next batch