Sugar Doughnuts

One of my main weaknesses is warm doughnuts from Brighton Pier.

The smell, the taste, the amount of sugar left all over your face and fingers. 

Mmmmmm....

Now, I'm an absolute sucker for kitchen gadgets and, after a little browsing online recently I decided to purchase a mini deep fat fryer. Not the healthiest of things but, you're allowed a little naughtiness in the kitchen once in a while. 

On the day it arrived, I decided to recreate the pier doughnuts at home and, not one to keep anything from my readers, I've decided to share the recipe with you. 

You will need
450g plain white flour
7g sachet fast action yeast
2 beaten eggs
25g butter
75g caster sugar
6 tbs warm water
6 tbs warm milk 
50g caster sugar (for rolling the warm doughnuts in)
Bottle of vegetable oil
Sugar Doughnuts by What Laura did Next
Sift your flour and yeast into a bowl then, add the butter and rub it in to the mix to create a crumbly texture. Add the sugar then, make a well in the center and crack both eggs in to the well. Mix. Gradually add the milk and water. If you find the mix to be a little dry, feel free to add a little more water.
Sugar Doughnuts by What Laura did Next
Sugar Doughnuts by What Laura did Next
On a clean work surface, chuck some flour on to it and knead your dough for about fifteen minutes. The dough needs to be completely smooth and mixed together. Put the dough back into the bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise for about an hour and a half. 
Sugar Doughnuts by What Laura did Next
Sugar Doughnuts by What Laura did Next
Remove the dough from the bowl and knead for another couple of minutes. Then, flour and grease two baking trays and then cut your doughnuts in to equal pieces, and roll each piece into a ball. Place your doughnuts onto the baking sheets and cover again with cling film, before leaving to prove for half an hour or so- they need to rise until around double their size. 

Turn on the deep fat fryer, off your vegetable oil and switch to about 180 degrees. Once the oil has heated up, fry your doughnuts for around five minutes until brown and done. Please be careful with the hot oil! My fryer is tiny so, I can only fry a couple of doughnuts at a time.
Sugar Doughnuts by What Laura did Next
Sugar Doughnuts by What Laura did Next
Once they're golden, carefully remove them from the fryer and place on some kitchen roll to absorb all the grease. Then, put some sugar in a large mixing bowl and throw your doughnuts around in it until they're covered in sugar. 
Sugar Doughnuts by What Laura did Next
Sugar Doughnuts by What Laura did Next
Watch them vanish in minutes.

I can't be held responsible for you eating them all!