If you would like to make these doughnuts for breakfast or dessert, but not necessarily dinner, here is the recipe...
P.S. Please excuse my embarrassingly horrendous photography today. It was late, too dark and shadowy and there was not much I could do. Sorry so sloppy! :( )
100% Whole Wheat Orange Glazed Doughuts
(For the doughnuts)
1 cup warm water
5 teaspoons yeast
5 teaspoons brown sugar
2 cups orange or pineapple juice
6 tablespoons oil
6 tablespoons honey or molasses
4 teaspoons salt
8 cups whole wheat flour
6 tablespoons vital wheat gluten (optional)
(For the glaze)
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup orange or pineapple juice
1/4 teaspoon orange extract
Step 1: In the bowl of a Kitchen-Aid or the like, or, if you don't have one, a large mixing bowl, mix water, yeast, and brown sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes, until it starts to foam like rootbeer, like this...
Step 2: Into bowl, add all remaining ingredients except one cup of whole wheat flour.
Step 3: Knead ingredients in Kitchen-Aid or by hand, for about 12 minutes, adding the extra cup of wheat flour if needed to made a soft, but not sticky dough.
Step 4: Roll dough out on a floured surface until about 3/8 inch thick, like so...
Step 5: Cut rectangles to about 3x4 inches, then cut slits down the middle of each rectangle, like so...
Step 6: To form doughnuts, pull open slit, like so...
...fold top corners over, like so...
...and push corners through hole, turning the top inside out...
...thus creating a product like so...
(We are doing this because this allows the rectangles to cook all the way through. Yes, we could just cut out circles and holes, but then we are left with so much leftover dough around each circle that we then have to roll out again and cut again, and it's just a pain. Plus, these look really cool. The wonderful woman who taught me how to make these says that some turn out pretty and some don't, but I think ALL of mine turned out pretty!)
(Okay, maybe not the one close to the bottom.)
Step 7: Fry in hot oil until golden brown...
...then place on paper towels, or if you care about your planet, cloth napkins, on a cookie sheet to drain...
Step 8: For the glaze, combine powdered sugar, juice and orange extract and beat with a mixer until smooth, adding more powdered sugar or juice as necessary to make an icing consistency.
Step 9: Glaze doughnuts with a pastry brush, and stack neatly on a plate for your family's
Hope you enjoy!
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