Mmmm, donuts. They're delicious, they're available on every street corner in Massachusetts, and they're actually not tough to make.
This dough is in some ways very similar to other doughs we've made in the past year. In other ways, it's very different. It is a yeast dough, with the main components being water, yeast, and flour. But we've also got a lot of fat, some egg, and the dough is fried, instead of being baked.
Being by putting your yeast in warm water. Then melt your some shortening. It's pretty easy to do this in in the milk you'll be using later. It won't mix with the milk, but it will make it easier to pour into the dough.
Once it's melted, let it cool off a little, so as not to kill the yeast. Pour the milk-shortening into the yeast and water, in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add in 1/2 of the flour, an egg, sugar, salt, and nutmeg. Beat until everything is well combined. Add the rest of the flour and keep on beating. Once it starts to thicken, switch to the dough hook and knead until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. It will be a soft dough.
Cover the dough, and let it double in size.
Turn out the dough on a floured surface, roll it out and cut out the donuts.
Feel free to make center holes. I didn't have a cookie cutter that was small enough.
Fry the donuts, a couple at a time, a minute per side.
Move the donuts to a drying rack to drain off any excess oil, and top with a little powdered sugar.
3/4 cup milk
1/6 cup vegetable shortening
1 package instant yeast
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup warm water
1/4 c sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
12 ounces AP flour
1. Let the yeast dissolve in the warm water
2. Melt the shortening in the milk, then let cool.
3. Mix everything but half the flour in a stand mixer, and beat until well mixed.
4. Add the other half of the flour and mix well again.
5. Switch to the dough hook and knead until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl.
6. Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover, and let double in size.
7. Roll out the dough and cut your donuts out.
8. Fry in 360F oil for 1 minute on each size.
9. Drain of oil and cover with confectioner's sugar, or glaze.