Posts Tagged With: yeast

Mini Doughnuts

Hello!

Today I made some mini doughnuts…atleast I made it to be bite-sized 🙂 Can obviously make it bigger but I thought the kids would love ones that they could finish in two bites! 🙂 And they did! Was awesome when warm off the stove with the sugary frosting 🙂

Found the recipe at tastykitchen.com – under the breads category. Some awesome recipes there so go and have a look! The link there is called Chocolate glazed donuts (in case you doubt anything of what I said and want everything in the original :P)

This is what I made today –

A mix of chocolate topped and sugar topped mini doughnuts! 🙂

You will need –

2 1/2 cups – plain flour

2 tsp – instant yeast

3/4 cups – warm milk

1 – tbsp – honey

1 – whole egg

1/2 tsp – salt

In a small bowl, sprinkle yeast with 1/2 tsp of sugar and add just enough lukewarm water to submerge the yeast. Mix a little and leave to prove. If frothing after 3-4 minutes, your yeast is good to go. If not, get a fresh batch of yeast!

Measure 1 cup flour in a mixing bowl and add the salt to it. Mix well.

In another bowl, break the egg, add the warm milk and honey and beat with a whisk or fork till everything is well combined. I find doing this easier as the flour mixes well with everything and no lumps form when kneading.

Knead well till soft and not sticky. Coat a bowl with regular non-smelling oil and put the dough in it. Turn the dough over so that the oil coats it well. Cover with a damp muslin cloth and leave to rise in a warm and drought free place for 1 hour.

When the dough has risen to double its volume, punch it down and knead it well on a lightly floured surface.

Roll the dough out into a rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out circles and place on a greased baking tray. Cover with a damp muslin cloth and leave to prove for 45 minutes.

Heat a wok with some vegetable oil and heat it to medium hot. Put a small tester piece to check the temperature. Then start putting in the risen dough circles into the wok to fry them. Drain on paper towel and leave to cool down to warm.

Frosting/Glaze

Icing sugar, cold water – take some icing sugar in a bowl. Add 1 tsp of cold water and mix well. Add water as required. Dip the doughnuts once and leave to harden. Then dip again into the sugar syrup.

Chocolate – I just melted some plain milk chocolate over a double boiler and used the same.

Once the doughnuts have cooled down to warm, dip one side into the glaze and eat! 🙂

What say you? My kids just gobbled them up! Best eaten when warm. Guess you can zap it for a few seconds if having later. I doubled the quantity to make extra. Just a few is not enough for my boyz! 🙂 Will be great for after school snack or birthday party or sleepover midnight raids! 😀

Happy thanksgiving to all those in the US and happy weekend to all in Asia! 🙂

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Simple Honey Oat Bread

Hello!

After the chocolate storm yesterday, I baked a simple bread today. My second son loves homemade bread and keeps pestering me to make it for him. The last couple of days were cloudy and so I decided against bread but today I went ahead and used my oven to get the yeast working. Worked beautifully and the bread came out just lovely! 🙂 Took the recipe from bakingdom.com and it is a bakers delight that blog! 🙂

You get a lovely soft loaf that is so tasty! 🙂

You will need –

3 cups – flour

3/4 cup – oats (instant or rolled)

2 1/4 tsp – yeast

1 1/2 tsp – salt

1 cup – milk

1/4 cup – lukewarm water

2 tbsp – butter

1/4 tsp – honey

To brush on

1 1/2-2 tbsp – honey, warmed

1 1/2 – 2 tbsp – oats

Let the yeast rise with the water and keep aside.

Heat the milk (not boiling) and put the butter into it so that it melts. Add honey to this and mix well. Keep aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, oats, and salt till mixed well. Add the milk mixture to this and the yeast. Mix well into a dough and then knead till incorporated together into a smooth dough.

Place in a greased bowl and cover to rise for an hour to an hour and a half.

Punch down the dough and knead for about two minutes. Roll the dough into a rectangle and roll from one end to the other into a log. Pinch the ends and sides and place into a greased loaf tin. Cover and let rise for another hour.

When ready to put into the oven, crank up the oven to 350 F (180 C). Brush the risen bread with warm honey and sprinkle oats over it. Bake for 40-50 minutes. I went for 45 minutes as I have a dark loaf tin.

One tip for getting soft breads is to have a tray at the bottom of the oven rack with some hot water. It keeps the oven humid and the bread will not come out dry.

Lovely touch of brown to the crust and soft inside 🙂 Just yummy!

See what I mean?!?! 🙂 Have a go and do let me know how it came out for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

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