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June 11, 2014

For the Love of Doughnut-Making

Whether you opt for glazed, creme-filled, or cruller, consider bypassing store-bought treats and celebrating National Doughnut Day (it's June 6th!) by going the homemade route. Intimidated? You shouldn't be, says our resident baking expert, Jennifer Aaronson. Here, she reveals her secrets to deep-fried success.

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Photography by: Bryan Gardner Different-colored glazes transform the same doughnut.

“Doughnuts are not hard to make,” Jennifer says. “I think it's the deep-frying that turns people off. If you commit to the deep-fry, then you'll find it quite easy, very satisfying, and utterly delicious to have freshly made doughnuts at home.” Making doughnuts does require some planning -- you need to allow time for the dough to rise. To encourage you to get frying, Jennifer suggests some of her favorite recipes.

These yeasted Doughnut Twists are deliciously light and airy on their own, and when paired with the chocolate brandy sauce, well, one is not enough.

Cake doughnuts are faster to make; there's no waiting for the yeast dough to rise. They are sugary, dense, and crumbly -- well suited for dunking.

Why are doughnuts so often ring-shaped? The hole in the middle allows the dough to cook faster and more evenly than any doughnut without. These mini doughnuts are so dainty, they fry very fast (though the dough needs the usual two risings).


To truly celebrate everyone's favorite sweet, why not host a doughnut party? Jennifer suggests making the dough before guests arrive. Then have guests fill their doughnuts. (Even if you choose to make ring doughnuts, guests can pipe a filling into the hole.) Set out a variety of fillings and piping bags; fillings can be as simple as using different jams, or you can make custards, chocolate puddings, etc. And offer a range of glazes, from chocolate (semisweet chips melted with heavy cream) to lemon and other fruit flavors, plus set out bowls of nuts, toasted coconut, and sprinkles for toppings. Be sure to have lots of coffee for all those who like to dunk.

Truly, there is nothing like a homemade doughnut.

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