French Vanilla Doughnuts

Made a batch of these this morning, posted on Facebook, and have had a request for the recipe, so here it is:

French Vanilla Doughnuts

Ingredients:
225 g strong bread flour
1 teasp. salt
1 x 7g packet fast action yeast
25 g caster sugar
25g softened butter
1 whole egg
80 ml water
vegetable oil for frying
vanilla sugar for dusting

Put all of the ingredients (except oil and sugar) into a Thermomix and mix for 10 seconds at speed 3, then scrape down and knead on “wheat” setting for 5 mins (alternatively, put in a mixer with a dough hook and knead at slow speed for 5 mins).  Leave to rise for up to an hour (until doubled in size).

Knock the dough back and shape into little balls, approximately 15g each (should make between 24 – 30).  Place these on a non stick tray and cover with a cloth and leave to prove for approximately 40 minutes.

Heat the vegetable oil to 180 degrees C and gently drop the doughnuts in (approximately 6 – 8 at a time).  Once browned they will automatically flip over – if not, turn so that the other side becomes a deep golden brown too.  Once nicely brown and puffed up, drain and coat in the vanilla sugar.

Great warm or cold with a nice strong coffee!

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