Yeast doughnuts

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
3 To 3 3/4 cups flour ounce package active dry
Yeast
¾ cup Milk
⅓ cup Sugar
½ Stick butter
½ teaspoon Salt
2 Eggs
Vegetable oil, for
Deep-frying
Honey or Chocolate Glaze
(recipes follow) or
Confectioners' sugar or
Cinnamon-sugar

In a large mixing bowl combine 1¾ cups flour with yeast. In a saucepan heat milk, sugar, butter and salt until butter melts. Stir milk mixture into flour along with eggs, beating with a heavy-duty electric mixer on low for 30 seconds, just to combine. Increase speed to high and beat 3 minutes. Add enough of remaining flour, a little at a time, stirring with a spoon to make a firm but pliable dough.

Knead dough on lightly-floured work surface 4 to 5 minutes and transfer to an oiled bowl. Cover and let dough rise until it doubles in size, about 1 hour. Turn dough out onto floured surface, punch down and roll out to 1 /2- inch thickness. Cut out doughnuts with a floured doughnut cutter; reroll trimmings and cut them into doughnuts as well. Transfer doughnuts to baking sheets, cover and let rise 45 minutes.

Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 360 degrees. Fry doughnuts, in batches, turning several times, until golden all over. Using a slotted spoon remove doughnuts to a rack to drain. If using Honey Glaze, immediately glaze hot doughnuts; if using Chocolate Glaze, let cool first. Or let doughnuts cool and dredge in confectioners' sugar or cinnamon-sugar. Yield: 1 ½ dozen ESSENCE OF EMERIL SHOW#EE116

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