Stuck at Home Food Experiments: I Made Doughnuts
That's right, you read that correctly. I see people selling these all the time so I assumed they would be hard to make. Not so, vegan doughnuts are well within the cooking ability of the common folk. There are some steps to this but it wasn't even hard.
About 1-2 hours, Makes about 14 doughnuts plus a bunch of little doughnut holes.
They are so pretty with coloured sugar.
What You Need:
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup soy milk
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp ground flax
4 tbsp water
2 tsp double acting baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp soy milk
What To Do:
Combine the soymilk and lemon juice and set aside.
Combine the water and ground flax in a separate contained, also set aside.
In a bowl, add 1.5 cups of flour and all the other doughnut ingredients except the oil, including the soy milk and flax mixture. Mix with an electric mixer and slowly add the rest of the flour. This will produce a dense, sticky dough.
On a floured surface, roll out the dough about 1 cm thick (about the width of a finger). Cut out circles with something round, I used a floured glass. Then cut a hole into each doughnut with something small and round. I used the bottom of a funnel but use anything that will work for you that is safe to use on food.
Add about 3 inches of oil to a deep but fairly small sauce pan. It needs to have sides high enough not to allow spill over. Heat on high.
Add a dough nut hole to test if the oil is hot enough. It will bubble and cook, raising to the surface of the oil when it needs to be flipped.
(Be super careful, oil is dangerous) When the oil is hot enough, carefully add a doughnut using tongs. It will sink in the oil and float to the surface when it needs to flip over. Flip the doughnut over and continue cooking until golden brown. Remove with tongs and drain on paper towel.
Repeat for as many doughnuts as you like. The dough stores well in the fridge if you have extras you want to save for another day. Let the doughnuts cool a bit so the icing doesn't melt off.
To make the icing, combine the shortening, vanilla and icing sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer. Add the soymilk and continue to mix until there are no lumps. Top your doughnuts with your icing and add some coloured sugar if you like.
Then dig in, my littlest guy prefers face first