May Peace Be Upon You.
Donuts are one of those items today that are available with minimal cost and effort on your part. If you stop by at your local Tim Horton’s, Coffee Time, or Starbucks, you’re bound to get your hands on one of these. Look, I do love coffee shop donuts as much as the next caffeine addict (especially this coconut cream dutchie). But what bugs me is that we’ve started seeing donuts as a simple one-trip craving fix from a fast food chain. And we’ve stopped seeing them as the lazy weekend treats that deserve to be appreciated in all of its calorific, buttery glory.
So without further ado, enter Krispy Kreme Copycat Donuts.
This was my Saturday afternoon-turned-evening project, which I started around 5PM and finished near 11PM. I know I know, I am one s l o w cook. It’s just that I wanted each precious food picture to look clean and delicious, which required constant wiping, stopping to take photos, warnings for obstacles to move away from the light source, etc. But I kid you not – these babies were worth every second.
I ended up looking at 4 recipes (1, 2, 3, and 4) side-by-side and used them as guides to make one master recipe.
See the ‘recipe’ section below to see my tips & tricks, along with info on techniques and variations
Left: my overbrowned but edible version
Top & Bottom Right: my aunt’s golden frying skills
- This is the visual I made that corresponds to the steps of my recipe.
For the full size, zoomable version, see here: http://visual.ly/krispy-kreme-copycat-donutsdoughnuts
- Here’s a spunky little visual spurred on by National Donut Day (that’s June 7th, for you fans) that talks all about the history of these treasured treats and many donut facts »» http://visual.ly/national-donut-day-2013
- Another great visually image, a delectable donut is centered around many interesting donut facts fit for an aficionado »» http://visual.ly/numerology-donuts
Here’s my super-detailed recipe in which I combined 4 recipes that I looked at. It’s in a Google Doc, which I’ve embedded below. To see the whole thing, click here »» http://bit.ly/emwkkcdrecipedoc
If you’d rather not use my recipe, here are the 4 recipes I referenced.
The first one, from Food.com was the one I mostly relied on.
- Food.com’s Copycat Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
- AllRecipe.com’s Crispy and Creamy Doughnuts
- AfricanBite.com’s Krispy Kreme Doughnut (Copy Cat)
- CookingClassy.com’s Copycat Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
TIPS & TRICKS
- You’ll need many utensils while making the donuts: 1) a mixing bowl for the dough, 2) 6-7 plates to hold the raw donut circles (app. 8 donuts squeezed onto each plate; I made app. 48 donuts the second time I made these), 3) one deep oil pan for frying, 4) one plate lined with paper towel to catch the frying oil drips, 5) one saucepan for the glaze, 6) a wire cooling rack with a tray under it for drying the glaze and catching glaze drips, and 7) another dish to serve the finished donuts. That’s 14 dishes minimum, math geek :)
- The dough is relatively easy to make, but requires two rising times which can deter those on a time crunch. But the actual cooking time, i.e frying, is really quick (I’m talking about literally 15 seconds per side) and the donuts brown faster than you think. My mistake was putting the oil on a high temperature, so keep an eye on the oil temperature to follow the correct frying times. Anyhow, the donuts still tasted amazing and were not on the raw side
- If you don’t have a donut-shaped cutter, you can use any object that has a 5-6cm for the outer circle ad use a knife to cut around the circle. A yogurt-container lid is about the right size, The inner circle needs something about 2-3cm wide, so feel free to substitute with 2L soda bottle caps. I had cookie cutters from Dollarama that had circles on one side. Smart, right?
- Chopsticks really help with gently flipping over the donuts without squishing them/puncturing them in your quest for donut greatness
- The glaze must be warm enough to dip the donuts, so keep the saucepan on the stove at low heat. When glazing, gently dunk the donut inside the glaze for 1 second, making sure it is completely covered on that side, then flip over and dunk the donut on other side. Carefully take out the donut from its glazing bath. It’s hot and the excess glaze on the donut will drip everywhere and make a mess, so keep a wire cooling rack close by at the ready. Don’t have a cooking rack? I just took the rack from my toaster oven and voila, my growing food bakeware list had one less item on it
- If you have a crowd on hand, these are going to finish faster than you can say “when will you make more?”
- All about Yeast & Proofing
- Frying Doughnuts »» The Pioneer Woman – Yum Doughnuts
- Glazing Donuts
- Boston Creme Donut – Skip making donut holes and only fry entire donut rounds. Make chocolate glaze from here (Food.com’s Copycat Krispy Kreme Doughnuts). When glazing, only dip donut center into glaze. While donut is faced-down into glaze, gently turn the donut in a circle horizontally to ensure the top is glazed. Using a piping bag, pipe pastry cream inside, taking care to fill in an empty pocket inside donut not to overfill donut.
- Coconut Creme Donut – Skip making donut holes and only fry entire donut rounds. When glazing, only dip donut center into glaze. While donut is faced-down into glaze, gently turn the donut in a circle horizontally to ensure the top is glazed. Top with toasted coconut and pipe pastry cream inside, taking care to fill in an empty pocket inside donut not to overfill donut.
- Here’s Nicko from The Nicko Network making a slightly different recipe of Krispy Kreme copycat donuts. These ones have nutmeg added to them. He kneads the dough, which I don’t think is necessary, but he smartly divides the dough into quarters for ease of rolling.
- the99centchef makes a very similar version of Krispy Kreme copycat donuts. What’s cool is that in the beginning, he shows you what a Krispy Kreme donut looks like. Which, if you pause at the right parts, you can compare to the final homemade product. He does mix the dough a little too much and fries them a tad longer, but other than that, his recipe is pretty much in line with mine.
- Destination America shows a very cool look at just how Krispy Kreme makes their iconic donuts
- frying and browning too quickly
- yeast rising problems
- uneven glazing
- punctured donuts