What is it about a Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut? Crusted with sugar, Krispy Kreme doughnuts are so soft, slight, and featherweight you are left wanting more -- all for 89 cents apiece.
When I first had them, I was reminded of powdered beignets from Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Both are made with a yeast-risen dough; and, in fact, the original recipe for Krispy Kreme was purchased from a New Orleans French pastry chef over 70 years ago.
The ingredients for this East Coast confection are simple and inexpensive: yeast, flour, sugar, milk, one egg, and vanilla flavoring. Krispy Kreme's recipe is secreted away, so I am approximating.
You can experiment with doughnut dough flavors, using different flours (wheat) and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, chocolate powder (or chocolate syrup), and fruit juice (or pureed fruit) instead of water. Watch the video -- it's easy to make a baker's dozen.
Play it here. The video runs 7 minutes, 5 seconds.
And if you liked this video, be sure to check out my Judging the Donut Summit 2, video below. It is chock full of crullers, dunkers, bear claws, chocolate glazes, and lemon filling. I recorded the outdoor park event while selecting the best of-show donuts, including Best Vegan, Filling, Chocolate, Raised (Yeast), Fritter, Unconventional, and Visually Appealing.
It was fun judging such a prestigious event. Highlights included an awards ceremony, a Donut Croquet, and a Donut Poetry Slam -- be sure to listen to the hilarious limerick, "The Babysitter." To see photos and read more about it, click here.
Judging the Donut Summit 2 - Video
Play it here. The video runs 5 minutes, 34 seconds.Doughnut Ingredients (Baker's dozen - about 13)
- 1/2 package yeast (video shows 1 package) - about 1 tablespoon of dried yeast.
- 1/4 cup lukewarm water (100 degrees)
- 2 cups flour - cheap, white all-purpose. Okay to try out different types for extra flavor and texture.
- 3/4 cup of warm milk (100 degrees) or milk substitute
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 stick (28 grams) of butter or shortening - softened to room temperature.
- Vegetable oil for frying donuts
Sugar Glaze Ingredients and Directions
- 1/4 stick butter (28 grams)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 2 tbsp. water (clear glaze) or milk (white glaze)
Melt butter and add to powdered sugar, vanilla and water. Mix well for a couple of minutes. Pour into a shallow dish for dipping/coating warm doughnuts. For harder glaze leave out butter.
*Here is a great website that converts my ingredients into grams (for all my international cook visitors), just click here.
Directions for Doughnuts
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup of warm water, then add warm milk, egg, sugar, butter, and flour. Mix well for a few minutes (electric mixer for 2, or 5 minutes by hand). Cover dough for at least an hour, or overnight for breakfast doughnuts.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out doughnut dough with a rolling pin about 1/2 an inch thick.
The dough is much softer and sticker than typical bread dough. To make it easier to work with sprinkle on flour as needed -- or just plop the dough on a floured board and pad it down out with your hands.
Cut doughnuts with a cutter (I used a coffee cup), then a smaller cutter (bottle top) for the centers. You can set aside the doughnut holes with the doughnuts or re-roll them for another doughnut or two. Let cut doughnuts set another half an hour to rise one last time before frying.
When the doughnuts have risen, heat oil in a wide shallow pan to about 350 degrees (medium heat). Test one of the doughnut holes in the oil - it should bubble and quickly brown the doughnut hole.
Fry one doughnut at a time until you get the hang of it - I burned a couple. Watch carefully, as doughnuts will begin to brown along the edge in a few seconds. Flip the doughnut over to brown the other side.
It may take a few tries - a light to medium brown doughnut is about right. Set cooked doughnuts on a rack or on paper towels to drain.
Finally, dip one side of the doughnut in a shallow bowl of sugar glaze -- then enjoy!
99 thanks to the Baldwin Hills Krispy Kreme Doughnuts store, their employees and customers for allowing me to shoot video.
Location: 4034 Crenshaw Blvd.
L0s Angeles, CA. 90008
Phone: 323) 291-4133
Drive-thru open 24 hours.
Click here to view or embed video from YouTube.
And 99 thanks to Amy for her camerawork!