Classic Ring Doughnuts

by Jo Kenny

When I was in university there was this greasy old van on the high street that cooked the most incredible doughnuts. They were classic ones covered in sugar and a smidge of cinnamon. Tucking into a pack of those hot doughnuts and licking the sugar off your fingers was a guaranteed way to banish the blues!

I felt like replicating that hot, doughy goodness by having a go myself! There’s quite a lot of processes involved but the end product is 100% worth it.

Ring Doughnuts

  • Makes 8-10
  • 250g ’00’ flour
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 20g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 7g yeast sachet
  • 75ml warm milk
  • 1 bottle of sunflower oil for frying

Place all the ingredients in a bowl (except the sunflower oil) along with 3 tablespoons of water. Stir until it combines into a dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until you have a smooth and elastic ball.

Leave to rise for 40 minutes (warm place covered with a damp cloth) then roll out to about 7-10mm thick. To cut the doughnut shapes you can use cutters 8cm & 2cm diameter… or like me you can improvise with a pint & shot glass!

Ring doughnut recipe cutters

Leave your rings (and doughnut holes!) to rise for about 30 minutes, covered with cling film. Now comes the fun part, frying the doughnuts! In a sturdy pot add your oil and heat. It needs to be around 180c, if you don’t have a sugar thermometer you can use a meat thermometer like me to get an idea, or look for a shimmering surface on the oil. Using a doughnut hole as a test subject is a good method as well.

* Please be careful! Hot oil is super dangerous, do not leave it unattended and beware of splashes! *

Ring doughnut recipe oil temperature

In they go! Look at them puff up!

Ring doughnut recipe frying

When they oil is up to heat they take about 30 seconds on each side.

Ring doughnut recipe frying golden brown

Once a deep golden brown, remove with a slotted spoon and leave to cool on a rack with some kitchen towel to soak up excess oil.

Dunk in a plate covered with caster sugar and 1tsp cinnamon whilst still warm.

Ring doughnut recipe sugar cinnamon

Ring doughnut recipe caster sugar

And of course, tuck in whilst still warm!

Ring doughnut recipe dough inside

Is anyone else trying to lick the screen?

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