Jun. 5, 2016

Make them for the Children's Birthday or Your Tea Party Event!

Welcome back!

I hope you are having a good weekend?  My big sister Mefi inspired me with a chocolate-topped doughnut she sewed together and shared on Facebook this week.  She described it as having  “no calories, no flour, no oil, no eggs, no sugar; just plain goodness”.😀 Ideal isn't it?  It doesn't get better than that! So I also decided to share a ring doughnut recipe with you today which has a different kind of goodness! 😀

All jokes apart, doughnuts are a welcoming addition to any form of entertaining, be it a child's birthday party, a house-warming party or even celebrating Christmas.  The reason is that they are everybody's idea of a feel-good quick  snack which can take the edge of hunger in no time and won't require any other accompaniment. Also, when you get creative with the different toppings, they draw crowds very quickly.  In Ghana, they are made and sold on the streets everyday as snacks.  They are often made early in the morning in time for workers and school children to eat for breakfast. For work or school, they are usually  eaten with a porridge or a breakfast beverage or on their own.  The doughnuts sold on the streets are made into round balls. They are deep fried in large woks in the open air,  crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.  The combination of yeast and spices such as nutmeg released into the crisp morning air is quite intoxicating and can really make you feel hungry.

 Round doughnuts on the other hand, are often sold in bakeries and baking departments in malls.   They are popular at events and can be served hot or cold on their own or as part of other party foods.  They come in all sizes with different toppings - ranging from icing sugar, as I have made here, through to chocolate –topped.  It’s a matter of choice.   Here is a simple ring doughnut recipe for your entertaining pleasure.    Don’t forget to involve the expertise of the children in making these  on their birthdays or at your tea party!  You will all enjoy making and sharing them together!

To make these delicious doughnuts, this is what you have to do:

Difficulty and servings

Moderately easy, serves 12

Preparation and Cooking times

Preparation time 30 minutes: Cooking  time 30 minutes, plus @ 1 hour  for  proving

You will need:

625g Bread flour or Plain flour

100g Caster sugar

25g Margarine

11g Dried instant yeast or 1 sachet Dried instant yeast

@300ml lukewarm Milk

1-3 tsp Vanilla Essence (depending on strength)

1 small Nutmeg, grated

A pinch of Salt to taste

1 Egg, beaten

500 ml Oil for frying

A sprinkle of Icing sugar for dusting (optional)

 

Method 1: Using a Bread Maker

  1. Place all the ingredients in a bread maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions for making “DOUGH”.
  2. When the dough cycle is finished, turn the dough on to a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 pieces.
  3. Shape the pieces into 12 balls and press each ball down and use a small cutter to cut the centre dough out.  Make more doughnuts with cut out bits.
  4. Arrange on a sheet and allow to prove in a warm place for 40-50 minutes or until dough is risen.
  5. Pour the oil in a deep non-stick pan or wok and heat until hot. Deep fry in batches until golden brown. Drain and cool and lightly dust with icing sugar and serve.

 

Method 2: Making Dough Manually

  1. Warm milk through until lukewarm (not hot). Add  butter and yeast.  Stir and set aside for about 10 minutes or until foam forms on top and the yeast is activated.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients – flour, sugar, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl.  Add the beaten egg, vanilla and yeast mixture and work it into a moderately firm dough.
  3. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic.
  4. Place dough in an oiled bowl and leave to prove in a warm place for 40-50 minutes or until dough is risen.
  5. Follow processes 2-5 in Method1.

 

Monica’s Tips:

Instead of dusting with icing sugar, you may drizzle honey on doughnuts and sprinkle with crushed roasted cashew nuts or lightly toasted sesame seeds. Please watch the nuts for the kids!   The dough must be soft (but not sticky) so add a little lukewarm milk or water at stage 1 in both methods if needed for softening.  If making with the help of the children, let them choose their own toppings.  Baking shops and baking sections at malls display different toppings where they can be taken to make their own choices.

I would like to know how you get on when you make these Ring Doughnuts.  Please drop me a line with your pictures, if possible, through www.africaonyourplate.simplesite.com

Happy entertaining!

 
Monica Serwah Busia