Krispy Kreme has some of the most amazing doughnuts and now you can make similar doughnuts at home. The longer you let the dough raise the fluffier the doughnuts will be.
Step 1: Place yeast into your Bosch Kitchen Machine or KitchenAid. Mix in your sugar, water, milk, salt, eggs, and shortening. You will want to make sure your machine has the bread beaters and not the cookie beaters.
Step 2: Add only half of the flour (about 3 cups) and knead the dough for about 10 minutes. This helps the gluten in the dough stick together better. You will begin to see the dough go from a runny start to a nice grouped consistency. Once the dough is kneaded shut the machine off and let the dough raise for about 30 minutes.
Step 3: After the dough has risen turn your Bosch Kitchen Machine or KitchenAid back on and add the rest of the flour. You may need to add more or less depending on the dough. The end result is the dough should clump completely together and not leave a sticky residue on your finger when you touch it. You will know it’s done when you don’t see dough sticking to the side of your machine.
Step 4: Sprinkle a thin layer of flour on your counter. Take the dough out of the machine and set it on the sprinkled flour. Go ahead and sprinkle a little more flour on the dough and begin to roll it out. I generally roll the dough until it’s about 1/4 an inch thick. You can roll the dough thinner or thicker depending on your preference.
Step 5: After dough is rolled begin cutting the doughnuts out using a Donut Cutter. Set the doughnuts aside, roll the dough again, and keep cutting out doughnuts until all the dough is used up.
Step 6: Set the cut doughnuts somewhere to raise – like a cookie sheet. You can let the doughnuts raise as much as you like. Krispy Kreme makes their famous doughnuts raise in a warm place all day. I tend to let them raise for another 30 minutes to two hours depending.
Step 7: When you feel the doughnuts have raised enough turn your Deep Fryer on. If you don’t have a deep frier then you can heat the oil in a pan on the stove. You will want medium heat (oil temperature should be between 350° to 375° F. While the oil is heating mix together the ingredients for the glaze. You may want to add more than 4 Tbsp of hot water depending on how thick you want your glaze. If you don’t like the glaze you can also put sugar inside of a paper bag and when the doughnuts are done shake them inside the bag for a simple sugar coating.
Step 8: Fry the doughnuts to a nice golden color on both sides. Remove from oil and set on a plate with a paper towel on top of it. Let the doughnuts cool a little bit (about one minute or less) and then dip them in the glaze you prepared. Pull them out of the glaze, set them on a tray to finish cooling, and eat as many as you can.
You can mix by hand if you wish, it is just a lot harder and takes longer to knead your dough. One thing I like to do is right after I roll the dough and cut the doughnuts is place them in a container with the doughnuts separated by wax paper. Once my container is full I place it in the freezer and can then just take the doughnuts out when I want to eat them. Let the doughnuts warm to room temperature and then they will be ready to fry.