600 grams plain flour
60 grams caster sugar
10 grams salt
1 heaped teaspoon bread improver
2 teaspoons dried yeast
4 large eggs
finely grated rind 1/2 lemon
150 mls water
125 gram butter, soft
FOR BREAD MACHINE...place all ingredients except the butter into the machine and set on dough setting. when dough has come together, add the butter then leave to finish cycle.
follow rest of directions from "punch down" below.
FOR ELECTRIC MIXER.....place all the ingredients except the butter into the bowl of an electric mixer with a dough hook.
beat on medium speed until dough comes together and forms a
ball then add the butter 1/4 at a time.
once the butter is completely incorporated turn mixer up to
high and beat until the dough is smooth and elastic.
cover the bowl with plastic wrap, place in a warm position
and let the dough rise until doubled in size.
tip out onto a lightly floured board and cut into 20 even
sized pieces approx. 50 grams each piece. place on trays,
cover with teatowels and let rise for another hour.
heat oil to 180 c.in a frypan or deep fryer. half way up the
side of a frypan. cook donuts on each side until golden
brown. if browning too quickly, turn the heat down.
drain on absorbent paper then toss them in a bowl of caster
sugar. cool before filling with custard. can also use jam if preferred.
500 mls milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
6 egg yolks
125 grams caster sugar
80 grams plain flour, sifted
200 mls thickened cream
2 tablespoons sugar
place the yolks, vanilla and 125 grams caster sugar into a bowl and whisk till combined. whisk in the flour.
on low heat, bring the milk to the boil. pour over the egg mix whisking as you pour. return mix to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, whisking continually for approx. 5 minutes until very thick.
remove from heat and tip into a clean bowl. cover surface of custard with plastic wrap and cool on bench. place in fridge to cool completely.
whip the cream with the 2 tablespoons of sugar until thick but not peaked.
fold into the cold custard.
put a hole in the side of each donut and pipe in custard
dust with ground nutmeg if desired.
my kids don't like custard with egg, so I made up some custard with custard powder as well.