Monday, January 21, 2013

Homemade jelly doughnut recipe

As a kid, jelly donuts were the second best thing about Saturday morning. First best thing? Saturday morning cartoons, of course! I grew up in the generation of Smurfs, PeeWee's Playhouse and Kidd Video. There was no such thing as sleeping in when the call of cherry jelly and little blue characters beckoned. Cartoons have changed since the mid 80's and Saturday mornings don't have the sparkle and shine they once had, but one thing remains the same: jelly donuts. I have recently reintroduced my childhood tradition of jelly donuts to my own kids in hopes of creating a ritual they will choose to carry on as the get older.

  • 1/2 ounce active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm milk (around 100 degrees F)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • jar of red jelly
In a large bowl, add yeast, milk and 2 cups flour. Stir to combine and allow to sit for 30 minutes in a warm place. Add egg yolks, egg, sugar, salt, lemon peel, vanilla and cinnamon and mix well. With a spoon, beat in remaining flour and butter. Cover and allow to rise for 45 minutes. Punch dough down and turn out onto a floured surface. Dust hands and rolling pin with flour and roll dough out 1/2 inch thick. Cut out circles using a biscuit or cookie cutter, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover and allow to rise an additonal 30 minutes. Preaheat oil to 350-375 degrees F. When donuts are ready and oil is up to temperature, add the donuts gently to the oil, 4 or 5 at a time and cook until golden on each side (1 1/2-2 minutes per side). Allow donuts to cool for 2-3 minutes, then cut a small slit in one side. Squeeze in approximately 1 teaspoon jelly using a pastry bag and a small round icing tip. Roll or sprinkle warm donuts with sugar.

Cook's Tips
  • While red jelly is the typical filling for jelly donuts, feel free to experiment with different flavors and fillings.
  • When making donuts, I prefer to make mine in an electric skillet. You can fry more donuts at one time since there is more surface area.
  • Use clean oil every time you make donuts. If you use the same oil you use for your fries, onion rings, chicken, etc, your donuts will absorb those flavors.

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