Vegan Donuts: Take 1
I hastily veganized this recipe for bread-machine donuts last night (to accommodate my veganism and lack of breadmachine) because it is the end of the semester and I had promised one of my lovely roommates donuts months ago. I wish I had taken more pictures of the process. The donuts themselves got eaten as quickly as I could frost them, except for these 2 funky looking ones and the 2 I reserved. When I woke up in the morning, all but the 2 reserved donuts were eaten.
The donuts themselves were more similar to fried dough with chocolate frosting than a chocolate frosted donut from Dunkin Donuts… but fried dough with chocolate frosting is also delicious, and this recipe made fantastic little bready donuts to share with my friends.
- 1 1/2 teaspoon (1 packet) instant yeast
- 1/2 cup soy milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup margarine, melted
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed, mixed with 2 tablespoons warm water
- oil for frying
- chocolate frosting, cinnamon sugar, or another desired topping
- Warm soymilk in microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds. Dump in sugar, add vanilla, and sprinkle yeast on top.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Pour margarine on top. Add flax goop. Add soymilk mixture. Stir with a large spatula or wooden spoon until combined.
- Kneed dough in bowl for a few minutes, until it’s elastic and dough-like.
- Set dough aside in a warm place with a towel on top to rest and rise for 30 minutes.
- Break dough into 12 pieces (for donut shaped donuts) or 24 pieces (for donut holes). Shape your dough as desired and set on a cookie sheet to rest and rise again, until almost doubled in size, for 30-40 minutes.
- Fry the donuts! Note: This would be much easier to achieve with a deep-fat-fryer. If like me, a fryer is not available to you, do it this way: In a large skillet (or in a giant pot, like I used) heat oil (I used canola) until it’s sputtery. It should be 375 degrees Farenheit. Gently slip 1 donut at a time in the hot oil, and fry on each side until golden to dark brown. Remove from oil and rest on paper towels until cool enough to frost.
- Frost or roll in cinnamon sugar while still warm, and serve immediately for tastiest results.