Fluffy home-made doughnuts are among our favourite things. In this case, we've added a little cocoa to the dough and doubled up on the chocolate with a glossy chocolate glaze. We've decorated ours with a mixture of crunchy toppings for extra texture - chocolate malt powder, chocolate shards and chocolate biscuit balls. Customise yours with whatever takes your fancy. Don't be shy.
- 14 gm (2 sachets) dried yeast
- 600 gm (4 cups) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- 110 gm (½ cup) caster sugar
- 80 gm butter, at room temperature, coarsely chopped, plus extra for greasing
- 40 gm Dutch-process cocoa, sieved
- 2 eggs at room temperature
- 360 ml lukewarm milk
- Vegetable oil, for deep-frying Chocolate malt powder, chocolate shards and chocolate biscuit balls, to serve Milk-chocolate glaze
- 75 gm caster sugar
- 250 gm couverture milk chocolate, finely chopped
- 50 ml pouring cream
- 1Stir yeast and 70ml lukewarm water in a bowl to combine and stand until mixture begins to foam (5-7 minutes).
- 2Combine flour, sugar, butter, cocoa, eggs, 1 tsp fine sea salt and yeast mixture in an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add milk and knead on low speed until a sticky dough forms (4-5 minutes; dough will be quite wet). Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, dust top with a little extra flour, form into a ball, transfer to a buttered bowl, cover with plastic wrap and stand in a warm place until doubled in size (1-1½ hours).
- 3Turn dough out onto a floured surface and roll to 1.5cm thick. Cut out rounds with a floured 8cm-diameter cutter, then cut out holes with a 2.5cm-diameter cutter. Place 2cm apart on trays lined with baking paper, cover and stand until doubled in size (45 minutes to 1 hour). Reroll scraps and repeat.
- 4For milk-chocolate glaze, stir sugar and 60ml water in a saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, then bring to the boil and cook without stirring, brushing away sugar crystals that form on the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush, until dark caramel (3-4 minutes). Remove from heat, add 60ml water (be careful,hot caramel will spit), return to heat and stir until smooth. Remove from heat, add chocolate and a pinch of salt, stand for 5 minutes, then add cream and stir until smooth. Cool briefly.
- 5Heat oil in a large saucepan or deep-fryer to 180C. Deep-fry doughnuts in batches, turning once, until darkened, puffed and cooked through (3-4 minutes; be careful, hot oil will spit). Drain on paper towels and cool for (4-5 minutes). Dip tops of doughnuts in warm chocolate glaze, place on a wire rack and scatter with toppings. Doughnuts are best eaten on the day they're made.