I tried a new donut recipe a while back that is OUTRAGEOUS. Most donut recipes take a few hours of rising time and well, when I want a donut, I don't want to wait for a few hours! This recipe only takes 30 minutes, so it's a winner in my book! The finished product is light and fluffy. Just don't make these too often because they are completely irresistable!
5 teaspoons yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
3 tablespoons sugar
1 egg, well beaten
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour (more if dough is sticky)
oil for frying
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons maple syrup or maple extract
powdered sugar (enough to make it the consistency you prefer)
Mix yeast, water and sugar. Wait until bubbles form in mixture. Add egg, butter, cinnamon, vanilla, salt and flour. Mix to form dough. Knead dough for 1 minute. Roll out dough and cut donuts using donut cutter or large drinking glass. Allow to rise for 30 minutes on floured surface. Fry in oil until golden brown. Oil should be approximately 350°. Coat with maple glaze or any topping of your choice (chocolate, cinnamon sugar, etc.). These would also be AWESOME if filled with cream, custard, or fruit filling.