June 16, 2017

With Father’s Day coming up, anyone working toward a culinary arts certificate online will be interested in cooking some tasty food for the occasion. You can start the special day off right by putting your baking and pastry arts skills to work and making your own doughnuts. These delightful confections take some time and effort, but it will all be worth it when your dad starts digging in.

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“Making your own doughnuts, of course, starts with the dough.”

Making your own doughnuts, of course, starts with the dough. According to Ree Drummond, the process begins with combining warm milk, granulated sugar and yeast. Set the mixture aside until it bubbles. In the meantime, beat two eggs and whisk them together with melted butter.

Place the egg and yeast mixtures in a bowl suitable for an electric mixer. Using a hook attachment, run the appliance at a low speed. Combine flour and salt separately, and then slowly add to the bowl.

When the flour incorporates, keep mixing another five minutes. Switch off the mixer momentarily to scrape any residue from the sides of the bowl and give it another 30 seconds to incorporate. Transfer the dough to a bowl lightly coated with oil, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.

The next day, take the dough out of the refrigerator and allow two hours for it to rise. Place the dough on a floured surface and roll out to about a quarter-inch thickness. Use a doughnut cutter to form the pieces and move onto a parchment-covered baking sheet, lightly coated with flour.

Then, it’s time for the final phase of rising. Place a tea towel lightly over the doughnuts and set them aside for up two hours.

As the doughnuts finish rising, melt shortening in a pot on medium-high heat, using a thermometer to check when it reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Drop in the doughnuts in batches, cooking until they are a golden brown on either side and moving to racks as they finish. Each doughnut should take under a minute to puff up and cook. Glaze the doughnuts by placing them in a mixture of powdered sugar, water, salt and vanilla and serve fresh.

Try doughnut holes for a smaller, simpler treat

As great as it is offering homemade doughnuts for a special Father’s Day breakfast, you may not have enough time. In that case, follow the lead of Just the Taste and try making a batch of doughnut holes.

Start by warming vegetable oil to 350 degrees in a large pot. Meanwhile, whisk together milk and egg and – in a separate bowl – flour, powdered sugar, baking powder and salt. Then, combine the wet and dry ingredients, adding melted butter.

Move one-tablespoon portions of the dough into the hot oil. Fry the holes for about two minutes each before moving onto a baking sheet lined with paper towels. As they cool off, place them in a glaze and serve.

For students enrolled in culinary academy, Father’s Day is a great opportunity to show off your skills for the family. Try making your own doughnuts this year to truly impress dad.

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