Learn how to make these delicious twisted doughnuts. Easy to make, these humble, simple doughnuts are some of the best I have ever had.
Why Do I Like This Recipe
Twisted doughnuts are popular in many cuisines worldwide, from Europe to Africa, Asia, and both North and South America. The recipes are passed from generation to generation, and everyone loves them.
They must be delicious and comforting if every continent worldwide has a version of them. If you had them before, you know what I mean.
You can eat these doughnuts for breakfast, as a dessert, or any time your family craves something sweet. My grandmother used to make these doughnuts quite often.
Any visit to her house would end up with a feast. She was particularly interested in feeding her grandchildren.
Like all grandmas, she always thought that we were too thin and needed extra food, obviously made by her. From crepes to pies and doughnuts, her desserts were always delicious and ready in no time.
- all-purpose flour
- dry active yeast
How to make these delicious twisted doughnuts
The dough for doughnuts is made with yeast, so we will start warming up the milk and pouring it into a large bowl.
Tip: The recipe is easy to put together, and we only need one bowl for the entire operation. Also, make sure the milk is lukewarm, not cold, from the fridge.
For the ones who do not know what lukewarm means, this term refers to a liquid (water or milk) that is slightly warmed up. It should be between 98-105F or 36-40C.
If the milk is too cold, the yeast will not activate properly. If the milk is too hot, it will destroy the yeast, and your dough will not rise anymore.
To the milk, we will add yeast and granulated sugar. We will mix and allow the yeast to dissolve.
Meanwhile, melt the butter for 20 seconds increments in the microwave and allow it to cool. Add it to the milk.
Beat the eggs and add them also to the mixture. If you like a little bit of vanilla, this is the time to add it.
Add the flour and knead the dough for 10-15 minutes until you obtain a smooth, elastic dough that is just a little bit sticky. You can achieve the same results if you make the dough in a KitchenAid Mixer.
Keep the dough in the same bowl, cover it with foil, and let it rise in a warm place for about 40 minutes. It should double in size.
When the dough has doubled in size, sprinkle some flour on the table and place the dough on it. Split the dough into ten pieces and roll them in your hands to make them round. Place them on the table.
Take a piece of dough and roll it into a cord. Fold the cord in half and twist it to form the doughnuts.
Press the ends together and place the doughnut back on the table. Continue the same with the rest of them.
Let them proof again on the table for 15-20 minutes while you heat the oil in a deep frying pan. The oil should be 340-350F.
Place the doughnuts in the heated oil and fry them on medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side, making sure they cook all the way around.
Do not crowd them, as they will need some space to rise. When cooked, they should be golden brown. Check the inside of the first 2-3 doughnuts and make sure they are all cooked properly.
If you notice that the dough is raw inside, but the doughnuts are too cooked on the outside, this is a sign that the oil is too hot.
Lower the heat a little bit to allow the doughnuts to cook all the way through.
Also, if the oil is not hot enough, your doughnuts will absorb lots of oil.
Remove them from the pan and place them on paper towels to drain. While still hot, sprinkle some powdered sugar on the doughnuts and serve.
I could eat a few of these doughnuts in just one sitting, they are so good. I am sure you will not be able to say no to them either.
They are the best on the day you make them, but even the next day,, they still taste good. Place them in an airtight container and keep them for a maximum of 1-2 days.
If you want to keep them longer(why would you, though?), place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Warm them up for 30 seconds in the microwave and enjoy them.
Believe it or not, you can store yeast dough in the refrigerator. The rising will slow down, but it will not stop, so your doughnuts will continue to rise.
Dough that is fully risen can go directly from the refrigerator to the fryer. If the yeast dough is not completely risen by the next day, take it out of the fridge and let it come up to room temperature.
As it warms up, the dough will rise more quickly and can be cooked as soon as the rising is done.
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Best Twisted Doughnuts
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons dried yeast
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Pour the lukewarm milk in a big bowl.
- Add the dried yeast and granulated sugar.
- Mix everything really well until the yeast is dissolved.
- When the yeast is dissolved, add the melted but cool butter, eggs and vanilla extract.
- Using a whisk, stir everything well.
- Add the flour and salt and mix well until you obtain a dough. The dough will be sticky.
- Start kneading the dough for 10-15 minutes until you obtain a smooth, elastic dough that is just a little bit sticky.
- If the dough is too sticky, just add a little bit of flour, if it is too dense, add a little bit of milk. However, add little by little and knead until you get the right consistency.
- Keep the dough in the bowl but cover it with foil and let it rise in a warm place for about 40 minutes, or until it doubles in size.
- When the dough has proofed, sprinkle some flour on the table and place the dough on it.
- Split the dough in 10 pieces and roll them in your hands to make them round. Place them on the table.
- Take a piece of dough and roll it into a cord. Fold the cord in half and twist it to form the doughnut.
- Press the ends together and place the doughnut back on the table.
- Continue the same with the rest of them.
- Let them proof again on the table for 15-20 minutes, while you heat up the oil in a deep frying pan.
- Place the doughnuts in the heated oil and fry them on medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side, making sure they cook all the way around. Do not crowd them, as they will need some space to rise. When cooked, they should be golden brown.
- Remove them from the pan and place them on paper towels to drain.
- While still hot, sprinkle some powdered sugar on the doughnuts and serve.