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Recipe: Very Vanilla Donuts

very-donutsWhen living in Norway I loved to bake. Sophia especially loved donuts, and we did a lot of donut baking. The very vanilla donuts were made when we had a visit from our Minnesota cousins. I really wanted to bake them something typical American and donuts seemed perfect.

These donuts have real vanilla seeds both in the dough and in the glaze. The dough is made with yeast and set to rise for light and airy donuts.

For the recipe:

2 tsp dry yeast
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup warm milk
1 stick melted butter
1 tsp vanilla paste
1 tsp cardamom
1 pinch of salt
1 egg
5 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour

canola oil for frying
round cutters

1/3 cup warm milk
1 ts vanilla paste
3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

DSC_0029Heat the milk up first. The milk should be finger warm. Mix in the vanilla paste in the milk.

DSC_0031Mix sugar and yeast in the mixing bowl. Add the milk. Let is stand until it starts to bubble.

DSC_0032Mix flour and spice together. Mix in half the dry with the egg on low-speed.

DSC_0033Pour in the melted butter in together with the rest of the flour. Make sure everything mixes good.

The dough should be soft and buttery looking.

DSC_0035Sprinkle some flour on top. Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and set the dough somewhere warm so that it may rise and double in size.

DSC_0047When the dough is finished rising you can roll it out. It should be about a half-inch thick.

DSC_0048Use the round cutter (or other cookie cutters) and cut out donuts. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let them rise for about 10 minutes.

DSC_0051Fry the donuts in a casserole filled with oil. Heat the oil up to 390 F. Fry the donuts for about 30 seconds on both sides.

DSC_0052Let the donuts cool down on a cooling rack lined with paper towels.

While the donuts are cooling down you can make the glaze.

DSC_0053Heat up the milk and stir in the vanilla paste.

DSC_0054Miks in the powdered sugar and stir it all together until the glaze is smooth.

DSC_0055Colour the glaze if you want to. I just use a little bit of food colouring to get a pastel look on the glaze.

DSC_0057Dip the donut in the glaze and place them on a rack to let the glaze drip off. Sprinkle with nonpareils or other fun sprinkles if you want to.

DSC_0029These donuts will make yourself and whoever you serve them to say: “WOW! And be aware, one will not be enough!

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