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Day One Of Chanukah – The Best Doughnuts

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Parve Parve
Easy Easy
6 Servings

Day one of Chanukah – These doughnuts are amazing. You know the ones in the bakery that are soft on the outside but chewy on the inside? This is it!



  • 1 and 1/2 cups of dairy or non dairy whole milk (I used almond milk )

  • 3/4 a stick or 2 and 1/2 ounces of margarine or vegetable shortening

  • 1/3 cup of warm water

  • 2 eggs

  • 4 and 1/2 teaspoons of yeast

  • 1/4 cup of sugar

  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg

  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of salt

  • 23 ounces or 5 cups of flour

  • oil for frying

For the Glaze

  • 6 cups of powdered sugar

  • 3/4 cup of warm dairy or non dairy milk (again I used almond milk) (The way I got the milk to be warm is to put it in the microwave for 15 seconds.)

  • 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract


Make the Dough


In a large Bosch or stand mixer, or even bread machine, add your margarine or shortening, yeast, water, milk, and eggs let it mix until smooth.


In a medium-size bowl, combine the flour, nutmeg, salt, and sugar.


Once mixture in the mixer is smooth, add half of your dry mixture. Let it mix till combined, then add the rest of the dry mixture. Once full combined, cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and put it in a warm area. (I put mine in the oven, set it on warm mode, let it go for 2 minutes, then shut off the oven and left it in there. ) Let it rise for 1-5 hours.

Shape the Doughnuts


Once risen, sprinkle flour over your surface area. Then take your bowl out of the warm area, take off towel, and pour the whole dough over the floured surface. There are 2 ways to shape them. 1 way is to cut your dough into 3 parts, cover each side with flour, and roll to be around 3-5 inches thick. Cut with a cookie cutter, then take a smaller cookie cutter and cut in the middle of your circle if you like a hole in your doughnut.


The second way is to cut the dough again in 3 parts. Cut each one of those 3 parts into chunks around 4 inches long and roll to form a ball. Then take your finger, wet it, and stick your wet finger into the center of the ball of dough, and that creates a hole, again, if you like holes in your doughnut.


Set all the shaped doughnuts on the floured surface and cover with the same towel for 1/2 hour.

To Fry


Once the doughnuts are ready to fry, remove the towel and let the doughnuts rest till the oil is ready. In a high-rimmed saucepan, cover the oil until 3/4 of the pan is covered. Turn on flame and set the fire to medium heat. When the oil has reached 325 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, you are ready to fry.


Take one of your doughnuts and place gently in the pan totally straight. Let it cook on both sides for around a minute or until the side of the doughnut is a dark golden brown color. Once golden brown on both sides, place on a cooling rack with a piece of aluminum foil and parchment paper underneath to catch all the dripping oil. Repeat with the rest of your doughnuts.

Glaze the Doughnuts


In a large bowl, mix your powdered sugar, vanilla, and warm milk until no clumps of powdered sugar are to be seen and it is smooth.


How to glaze them is easy. Drop a whole doughnut in the bowl of glaze and use tongs to coat the doughnut in the glaze on both sides. Once coated, remove to a cooling rack with a piece of aluminum foil and parchment paper underneath. Repeat with all your doughnuts. if you want sprinkles on, simply once taken out of glaze and placed on the cooling rack immediately sprinkle with sprinkles of your choice. Enjoy !!!!!

Day One Of Chanukah - The Best Doughnuts

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