Makes eight doughnuts plus center bites!
I love doughnuts...they are just the best. There was a time when I'd put up with a rash after eating one, but things have changed and I need to set a good example for my daughter. So..vegan doughnuts it is. They are great. Fun to decorate (although it's going to be a while before we challenge KrispyKreem on the 'pretty doughnut' stakes. But we don't care. They taste great and are easier to make then you'd imagine. The frying bit is definately adults only!
3 tablespoons Pure Sunflower Marg
2/3 cup plus 4 teaspoons Rice Dream
1/2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons caster sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 3/4 cups self raising flour
2 1/4 teaspoons dried active yeast
1 quantity Vanilla Glaze
cinnamon sugar, sprinkles etc for decorating
Veg oil for frying
Melt margarine over a low head and add the milk, salt, sugar and vanilla. Set aside to cool
In a bowl mix the flour with the yeast until combined. Add in the margarine mixture and work with your hands for at least 10 minutes (kneading on a lightly floured surface). You should have a smooth, elastic dough. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with a towel and leave in a warm place for an hour to rise. I put it in the top oven, with the bottom oven on 100. It should double in size.
Roll out the dough to about 1 inch thickness and cut out 8 circles using a cookie cutter. Use a smaller cutter to make the centre of each doughnut. Lightly cover with a damp towel, or cling film and leave to rise again for an hour - it does need to be a warm place or it won't rise.
Fry doughnuts in a deep sided pan. Heat oil to 160°C or until a cube of bread turns golden in 15 seconds. This doesn't take long; turn them over and keep an eye on them to make sure they don't stick to the bottom on the pan. If you've a deep fat fryer then use that!
Fry the donought and holes in small batches until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a wire rack. While still a bit warm glaze and decorate.
Use a simple glaze:
1 cup sifted icing sugar
3 tbs non dairy milk
Mix together until smooth. Add 1/4 cup cocoa if you want chocolate glaze.
Put the sprinkles onto a large plate.
Pick the donut up while warm, dip in the icing. Dip onto the plate with sprinkes and put back on the wire rack.
These don't really keep. They survive okay for day 2, but by 3 are stale. Eat 'em fast!
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