One of the things my kids and I loved doing when we were overseas, was making our own donuts, so this week my kids asked if we could make our own donuts again. Believe it or not, homemade donuts can taste better than anything you could buy, and they are a lot more fun.
While sitting around talking about about what kind of glaze to make, I had a thought. It was an odd, crazy thought. Over in Europe, Root Beer is not a popular drink. So we would make our own Root Beer from extract (I might put that recipe up later). I don’t know why or even how, but suddenly the lightbulb went on in my head. We made our own donuts, and we made our own root beer. Why not put the two together and make our own Donuts with a Root Beer glaze! The results were incredible.
So here is what you do. First, you want to make your Donuts (ingredients below), then you will make the glaze (also below), while the donuts are cooling. This recipe will make about 24 donuts.
Ingredients you will need for the donuts:
2 (1/4 ounce) packages Yeast
1/4 cup Water
1 1/2 cups Lukewarm Milk (scalded, then cooled)
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
1/3 cup Shortening
5 cups Flour
Canola oil for frying
Ingredients for the glaze:
2/3 cup Butter
4 cups Powdered Sugar
3 tsp Vanilla
7-14 tbsp. Barqs Root Beer (the more you add, the more liquid your glaze will be)
Ready for the fun to begin? Once we had the ingredients together, the girls and I got to work.
First, we put the yeast in a small bowl with 1/4 cup of warm water to activate.
Then, in the mixing bowl, we placed the eggs, shortening, sugar, salt, and scalded milk.
Once the yeast/water was ready, we added it and 2 cups of flour.
Then, we began to mix it with a dough hook on the Kitchen Aid mixer, and slowly add the remaining flour till the dough was smooth.
Last, you take the bowl of dough and cover it with a warm damp cloth to let it rise for about 45 min. (It rises best in a warm place).
After the dough has risen, you will need to kneed it a little and break it off into small chunks to form into your donuts. I find that if I roll my pieces into a ball then stick my finger through the middle and begin to stretch it into a donut shape from there, it works well.
Then you let them sit for about 30 min. to rise again.
Heat your oil to about 375˚F, if you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can test it by taking a pinch of flour and throwing it in the pan. If it sizzles then it’s ready.
Place the donuts, in batches, in the oil and flip over after 15-20 sec. Let them fry till a nice golden brown on both sides.
Place on a drying rack. As a hint, you might want to place some paper towels under the rack so the oil won’t drip onto your countertop.
Now that the donuts are done, it’s time to get to work on the glaze. A good glaze is what really makes or breaks the donut.
In a bowl, place your powdered sugar, softened butter, and vanilla. Now with a spatula or a fork begin to stir in the root bear. Add a little at a time, till the glaze is smooth and creamy, but not too runny. You should be able to lift the fork out and the glaze will drip from the fork.
Now taste it, savor it, and try not to eat the glaze without the donut.
Take each donut and dunk it in the glaze, then return it to the drying rack to dry. You have two options now. You can either eat them like this, (it is a bit messy, but my girls didn’t want to wait). 😉 Or you can wait until they dry a bit and then dig in. Either way they are delicious. Enjoy your homemade donuts and glaze!
This post is a part of the 31 days of Kids in the Kitchen.
Check out this fun science experiment using yeast.