Emily shares her favourite recipe for the consistently fluffiest, melt-in-your-mouth donuts that you and the whole family will love. You will be making this treat over and over again! It is perfect for family brunches, special breakfast and kids love them. Best served fresh and with a hot cup of coffee.
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In a large bowl, combine the vegetable shortening, milk and egg.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar and yeast.
Dump the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until a thick dough is formed.
Turn the dough onto a flour surface and gently knead for 5 minutes until the dough can be formed into a ball. The dough should feel soft and slightly sticky.
Transfer to a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap or tea towel and allow to double in size. This may take about 45 minutes, depending on the temperature of the room.
Once the dough is ready, turn it onto a floured surface. Gently roll out the dough to ¾ inch thickness. Using a 3inch ring cutter and a ½ inch ring cutter, punch out the donuts and immediately transfer it onto a floured tray. Cover the cut donuts with plastic wrap and allow them to proof for 20 minutes. Dispose of the remaining dough.
In a large pot over a medium heat, preheat the oil to 350ºF.
Gently transfer the donuts into the oil and fry for 45 seconds on each side.
Remove the donuts from the oil with a slotted spoon and allow to drain on a cooling rack. Allow to cool to room temperature.
In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, vanilla essence and milk.
Dip the cooled donuts into the glaze and allow to harden.
These donuts are best enjoyed within five hours of frying them. Enjoy them fresh!