*Dough for Yeast-Raised Doughnuts made through the first rise (see additional recipe below).
- 1 pint Driscoll's Organic strawberries (or fresh from your favorite farmer's market), hulled and thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, plus 1 teaspoon
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- Gently punch the dough down. Lightly flour a work surface and a baking sheet. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a ½-inch thick round. Using a 2½-inch biscuit cutter dipped in flour, cut out rounds of dough, dipping the cutter in flour before each cut to prevent sticking.
- Transfer the doughnuts to a lightly floured baking sheet, cover with a dry clean kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes.
- Heat the oil in a cast-iron Dutch oven or skillet over medium-high heat to 375° F on a candy or deep-fat thermometer. Place a grid-patterned wire rack on a baking sheet or line the pan with two layers of paper towels.
- Using a slotted spoon or a skimmer, drop the doughnuts into the hot oil in batches, being careful not to crowd the pan. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes, then flip and fry for another 1 to 2 minutes, or until the doughnuts are puffed, golden brown, and cooked through. Break open a "test doughnut" from the first batch to make sure the doughnuts are cooking correctly; adjust the heat level of the oil as needed.
- Using a slotted spoon or a skimmer, transfer the doughnuts to the wire rack or paper towels to drain. Let cool.
- In a medium bowl, toss the strawberries with the 2 tablespoons sugar and let stand for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved.
- In a deep medium bowl, using a whisk or a hand-held electric mixer, beat the cream until thickened. Add the 1-teaspoon sugar and the vanilla extract and continue beating until soft peaks form. Spoon into a pastry bag fitted with a ½-inch star tip.
- Slice each doughnut horizontally, cutting about three-quarters of the way through. Gently pry open the doughnut and tuck in a layer of strawberries. Pipe in a thick ribbon of whipped cream. Repeat with the remaining doughnuts. Dust the doughnuts with powdered sugar and serve immediately.
Makes 12 doughnuts and 12 doughnut holes
- ¾ cup warm milk (110° F to 115°F)
- 1 package (2¼ teaspoons) active dry yeast
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 to 3½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- Vegetable oil for deep-frying
- Pour the warm milk into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Sprinkle the yeast over the milk and let stand for 5 minutes, then stir to dissolve the yeast.
- Add the eggs and vanilla to the yeast mixture and beat on low speed for 1 minute.
- In a medium bowl, combine 3 cups of the flour, the sugar, and salt. Stir with a whisk to blend. Add to the yeast mixture gradually and mix on low speed for 4 minutes, or until the dough begins to clear the sides of the mixer and form a ropy ball of dough around the hook.
- With the machine running, add the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, letting each piece be absorbed by the dough before adding the next. Continue mixing for 3 to 4 more minutes, adding the remaining ½ cup flour a little at a time as needed to make a soft dough.
- Lightly oil a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and turn the dough to oil it. Cover with a damp clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm place for 1½ to 2 hours or until doubled in bulk.
Food writer and author Stephanie Rosenbaum's book, "World of Doughnuts," is available at www.amazon.com.
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