A few months back I was reading through some different blog posts and came upon one that to this day has stuck with me. It's weird how that happens at times. The blog post was about how to make grapefruit donuts...my thought, change the grapefruit to peach and now I'm really interested! So with that thought tucked away I figured someday I would get around to it. And here we are! The recipe comes from the blog A Beautiful Mess. These sisters are a powerhouse for great ideas. Thank you ladies for sharing your creativity with us, it's so fun to see what you will post next. So Peach Donuts, enjoy!
(makes 15-18, plus holes!)
1 cup milk
1/8 cup peach juice
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons instant dry yeast
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons butter
4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
*oil for frying Warm the milk and peach juice for about a minute in the microwave, stir in the sugar until it dissovles. Pour in the yeast, give it a stir (just one or two) and let this just sit and bubble for 5-8 minutes.
Melt the butter in the microwave until it's just nearly mealted. Stir in the eggs. Pour the egg mixture into the bowl and stir. Now begin adding the flour 1 cup at a time, then the salt. Now knead the dough for 8-10 minutes. It should form a loose dough and begin slapping the sides of the bowl when it's done. If your dough seems too liquidy then add another tablespoon of flour. Put the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning roll out the dough (while it's still cold) and cut out your donuts. You can use biscuit cutter, cookie cutters or the openings of jars/glasses. The dough should be 1/2-inch thick (or a little less is ok too). Lay the donuts on a baking sheet, cover with a towel and allow to rise in a warm place for one hour.
Heat enough oil in a pot so that the donuts will have room to float. You want the oil to reach right around 375°F, a candy thermometer is very useful here. If you don't have one and are feeling stubborn about buying one, then you can always test your oil by using the donut holes as testers. The donuts should cook on each side for about 30-45 seconds each and then remove them to a bed of paper towels.
For the glaze (this is where most of the peach flavor is!) whisk together 1/2 cup peach juice and 2 3/4 cups powered sugar. Dip the cooled donuts in the glaze and set them on a rack above a baking sheet lined with wax paper or paper towels (for easy clean up). I like to dip mine two to three times, just so that peach taste comes through!
until next time ~