1 egg + enough warm water to make one cup
1/2 cup more warm water
1/3 cooking oil
4 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
4 1/2 T sugar
3/4 t salt
3 T powdered milk
3 t instant yeast
Frosting of choice
Put egg in measuring cup, beat thoroughly.
Add enough warm water to make one cup.
Put egg/water in mixer bowl.
Add 1/2 cup more warm water, cooking oil, flour, sugar, salt, powdered milk, yeast.
On my mixer I pulsed until all the ingredients were well mixed, and then put it on auto-knead until well kneaded.
Roll out to 3/4 inch thick. Cut into whatever shape you like. We did a large round glass with a shot glass for donut holes. Some (aka: Faith) cut into 3"x6" bars. Put on a pan to rise in a warm place (my house was cold yesterday so I put them in a 170 degree oven.)
When they have risen for "a bit" (can't remember how long or how high), cook in hot oil. I used a few holes for my sacrificial bits...at first the oil was too hot and the dough got too brown too fast. By the time we got to the big ones, though, we were set. Make sure you have something on which to put your hot, greasy donuts. This doesn't have to be a messy project, but it sure can be. It's up to you.
Frosting: we like maple donuts, so we just added maple syrup to powdered sugar until it was spreadable. Make sure you wait until the donuts are cool enough so the frosting does not melt off. You can see the fruit of our impatience if you look closely at the donut pictured.
Another good option would be dusting with powdered sugar or dipping in cinnamon sugar.
*Disclaimer: If anyone in your family is coming home more than five minutes after these donuts are served, hide a few in the cupboard so that there are some left. They go fast. Also, I could never make these if I didn't have a house full of hungry people. A donut hole or two is more than enough for moi.*
HT: Miss Faith who helped a very Mondayish Monday become almost Fridayish.