After seeing a scrumptious looking doughnut recipe in a recent Taste of Home - I knew I wanted to make them! And, a fun treat for Valentine's weekend seemed like a perfect time to try them!
Since Valentine's Day was on Sunday and I knew these would be time consuming to finish before church, I decided to make them for Saturday morning hoping for enough leftover for Sunday too!
I made the dough on Friday night and put it in the fridge overnight. I rolled over to look at the clock at 5 a.m. so I hopped up to set the dough out. Even after 6 when I got up, the dough was still quite cold and I was beginning to wonder if these would turn out.
But, while I was rolling them out - I turned my oven on to the lowest temperature (170) and let it preheat. Then when the doughnuts were all rising on cookie sheets - I turned the oven off and put the cookie sheets inside to help them rise more. It worked!
Yes, these were time consuming - but they were also delicious! And, a special treat! I'd never made yeast doughnuts from scratch before! These tasted a bit different than "store-bought" since I'd used freshly milled flour (half hard white and half soft white) - but delicious just the same!
I do not have a 3 inch doughnut cutter - so I used a plastic food storage container. I measured a bunch of things in my kitchen and 3 1/2 inches was the closest I could get - so my doughnuts are big! Then, I used a mini heart cookie cutter to cuten them up!
I was really hoping that they would taste as good the next day so that I could make them ahead next time, but they are best fresh! They were good the next day but not as good as they had been the first morning!
I'd love to post the recipe - but I see on the Taste of Home website that in order to view this recipe you have to be a subscriber and log in - so I don't feel right about posting it here. I also searched online to find a similar recipe - but they all varied quite a bit from the one I used.
So, if you would like to try this recipe - please e-mail me and I will share it with you! Homemade Doughnuts were a yummy treat for us this weekend! Did you try any new recipes this weekend?