When I was younger and My Grandmother lived with us, every year she made delicious homemade donuts. Most of the time they were filled with jam or marmalade and if she wanted to go all out she would make meringue and put a dollop of it in the middle.
For many years after she was gone my Mom did not pick up the tradition but once my kids got older I remembered the special tradition, so in order to keep my grandmothers tradition I started making these delicious pastries. Now it is a must, my kids are teenagers and look forward to it every year. I make these on Pancakes Tuesday. I do not fill them with meringue but do fill them with Nutella. We love Nutella and think it should be a part of every desert.
I decided to share this simple and very delicious recipe with you guys.
For about 18 donuts you will need:
Combine all of these ingredients together and let it bubble. This activates your yeast
Add all the ingredients in a mixer with a dough hook attachment and knead the dough until it is mixed well. Take it out and put it in a oiled bowel I used stainless steel one and cover with a wet cloth. Let it rise for about an hour to hour and a half depending on your house. You want it to double in size. Once it doubled punch it down and let it rest covered for another 30 min.
Roll out the dough on a well floured surface. You might want to flour your hands before you transfer the dough because it will be sticky. Roll it out and cut out circles. I used a small bowel for the larger doughnats and a glass for smaller ones.
For the holes in the middle I used a wooden hole maker (totally made that name out not sure what the tool is called). You can just as easily make the dent with your finger. You don’t want to actually make a hole all the way through, you just want to make it hollow.
Preheat your oil to around 375C. I used a deep fryer and I totally recommend using one as well. In case you don’t have one make sure you can measure your temperature and make sure it is 375C. If the temperature is not hot enough and you put your donut in you will have an oily donut because it will drink the oil. When oil is the right temperature it almost seals it, so the oil doesn’t get in. The cooking should take only about 2 to 3 minutes a side.
Once they had a chance to cool down a bit add Nutella or jam and sprinkle them with icing sugar.