Alton Brown's Yeast Doughnuts

Recipe by Cynna
READY IN: 2hrs 20mins
SERVES: 20-25
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Place the milk in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat just until warm enough to melt the shortening.
  • Place the shortening in a bowl and pour warmed milk over. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and let dissolve for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, pour the yeast mixture into the large bowl of a stand mixer and add the milk and shortening mixture, first making sure the milk and shortening mixture has cooled to lukewarm.
  • Add the eggs, sugar, salt, nutmeg, and half of the flour.
  • Using the paddle attachment, combine the ingredients on low speed until flour is incorporated and then turn the speed up to medium and beat until well combined.
  • Add the remaining flour, combining on low speed at first, and then increase the speed to medium and beat well.
  • Change to the dough hook attachment of the mixer and beat on medium speed until the dough pulls away from the bowl and becomes smooth, approximately 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Transfer to a well-oiled bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • On a well-floured surface, roll out dough to 3/8-inch thick. Cut out dough using a 2 1/2-inch doughnut cutter or pastry ring and using a 7/8-inch ring for the center whole.
  • Set on floured baking sheet, cover lightly with a tea towel, and let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 365 degrees F.
  • Gently place the doughnuts into the oil, 3 to 4 at a time. Cook for 1 minute per side.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack placed in baking pan.
  • Allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes prior to glazing, if desired.
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