How to Make Easy Yeast Donuts

Donuts are one of my favorite breads! Because, well, why wouldn’t you like donuts? It’s simple, easy-to-make and it can go well with coffee, tea, colas and water. Also, you can add different flavors, fillings and toppings to it. Whenever I go to hotels with bread baskets that has donuts, I always eat donut for breakfast. I know, that’s super unhealthy, but you only live once. #YOLO

peanut butter glazed donuts
peanut butter glazed donuts

As much as I want to eat donuts all the time, I only limit myself to eat one or two occasionally. This usually happens during that “time of the month”. And because I’m PMS-ing right now, I decided to make donuts yesterday. The last time I made donuts was Christmas last year and my sister keeps on asking me to make those donuts again. This time though, I baked them to make them at least a bit healthier.

chocolate glazed donuts
these are the fried chocolate glazed donuts I made last Christmas

Now if you want to make these donuts, please know that I didn’t use any donut-cutter. I just used a cup and a bottle cap. Thus, the donuts were not perfectly shaped and the sizes are different. But I made at least 16 donuts, some are bigger or smaller than the others and 16 donut holes. Anyway, here’s the recipe below.

 

Yeast Donuts Recipe

By Jannah Abueza

These donuts are light and fluffy. These are not on the sweet side, so adjust the recipe by adding more sugar if you want to make them sweeter. You may also choose to either bake or fry them.
Yield: 16 donuts and 16 donut holes

Prep Time: 2 hr. 20 min.

Cook Time: 15 Min

Ready In: 2 hr. 35 min

Ingredients

  • 6 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 TBS. active dry yeast
  • 6 TBS sugar (white or brown. I used brown here)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 ¾ cups luke warm water
  • 3 TBS. powdered milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil or melted butter
  • 2 TBS. peanut butter spread (optional)
  • 2 TBS. of milk or more (optional)

Directions

    1. Mix together 1 Tbs of sugar, water and yeast. Set aside until the mixture is frothy and smells yeasty. This is to make sure your yeast is active and still works. 20160826_135012
    2. Mix all your dry ingredients in a bowl. 20160826_135238
    3. Beat your eggs and pour in on to the dry ingredients, then add your oil and proofed yeast. Mix everything until is combined and come together.

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      In this case, I added the eggs into the wet ingredients and pour it onto the dry ingredients.
    4. In the bowl or on your board, knead the dough for 7-10 minutes or until it is smooth and bounces back when you poke it. 20160826_141330
    5. Add a little oil to the bowl and roll the dough in. Let it sit for 2 hours or until double in size in a warm place.
    6. After the dough has doubled in size, punch it to release the air. Transfer it to your clean board or table and roll it out until its 1 ½ inch thick.
    7. Cut the donuts. Use a donut cutter if you have one or improvise. I used a cup and a bottle cap.
    8. Line all of the donuts and donut holes in an oiled baking pan and lit it sit for second rising for 15 minutes.
    9. Bake the donuts for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown in 170C oven or fry them until golden brown.

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      These are not too brown in real life.
    10. This is optional! Once you are done with the donuts, you can add toppings or glaze. I added a peanut butter glaze. To do this, mix 2 TBS. of peanut butter and 2 TBS of milk. Stir until the mixture is thin. Then, dunk the top part of the donuts to the peanut butter glaze. Serve and enjoy!

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Finished product!

Have questions on how to make yeast donuts? Post your question below.

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Knead Bread Dough

I’m not in any way a professional or advanced bread baker. I have only learned from reading too many blogs and watching YouTube videos. But I think I’m pretty good at bread baking now that sometimes I get bored from using the same recipes and techniques over and over again. So that is why I look for and try other techniques in bread baking and get into making breads from other countries. I have tried making french bread, which I think was pretty good. It wasn’t as crispy though. (See how I always say I’m good at it? #selflove lol )

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kneaded bread dough after 2 hours of rising

If you want to start making your own bread, I think the most important thing that you have to learn is how to knead your bread dough. Kneading was one of the main reasons why I didn’t get into bread baking until late last year. I despise kneading. But after several failed attempts at making no-knead breads (they were as hard as stones, so I don’t think I can call them bread), I finally decided to do it. I realized right after my first try, that it really wasn’t that difficult. It also helped that I kept thinking it’s a form of exercise. Haha. My only issue when kneading bread is that it gets too hot. So if you’re a newbie, I suggest you knead your dough early in the morning. That’s what I did on my first try. So anyway, here’s a video of me kneading a bread dough. I was supposed to be showing how to do the windowpane test to see if it’s ready, but I don’t do that usually. Thus, I forgot to do it while filming the video. Anyway, here’s how you basically knead your bread dough.

Ingredients

  • Bread dough (right after you mixed it)
  • Extra flour to dust the surface

Equipment

  • A clean, wide surface (I use a cutting board as my kneading board)
  • Scraper

Directions

  1. Sprinkle the space you’re going to use for kneading with a little flour. Make sure the space or surface is clean.
  2. Scrape the dough from the bowl and transfer it to your kneading space.
  3. Stretch one side of the dough with the wheels of your hands, fold it and press it down. If the dough feels sticky, sprinkle a little more flour.

bread dough inside a bowl covered with cling wrap

How to know if the dough is ready?

The dough is kneaded and ready for the first rise when it is pliable and doesn’t easily break. You will also know it’s ready when you poke it and it bounces back quickly, just like what I did in the video. Another way of knowing is also by doing the windowpane test. (Will update this article once I have pictures or a video of me showing the windowpane test.)

How to do the windowpane test?

To do the windowpane test, go to a place where you can get sunlight. If there’s no sunlight, get a little flashlight. Then, take a little piece of the bread dough, stretch it very thinly and if the light passes through it that means the gluten has developed well and it’s ready.

Have a question about kneading bread dough? Don’t be shy, ask away in the comment section below.

How to Make Kombucha Tea

kombucha tea with goji berries
Goji berry kombucha tea

If you’re into healthy eats and drinks, you’ve probably heard about Kombucha tea before. For those who have no idea what Kombucha is, it is a type of tea that is fermented using a culture called Kombucha, sugar, tea and water. I came across Kombucha from a client who is one of the biggest supplier of SCOBYs and kombucha fermenting accessories in the US. The foodie in me was hooked after reading a few articles about it. My then client thought it was cool, so he sent me the goodies. It has been 3 years since then and I’m still hooked. Who wouldn’t be? Kombucha has helped me cut down my consumption of sugary drinks. It has also given me more energy, no more me feeling zombie after eating lunch. Also, Kombucha is great for the hair!

Kombucha tea has many health benefits to give, so I recommend you should try it. Here’s the recipe on how you can make kombucha tea.

Kombucha Tea Recipe

kombucha tea in a jar and loose leaf tea

By Jannah Abueza

Kombucha tea is filled with probiotics that are good for your gut health. Drink it as a substitute to sodas and I’m sure you’ll feel better.
Yield: 1 gallon

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 15 Min

Ready In: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • A healthy SCOBY & 1 cup of starter tea (You can get it at Kombucha Philippines)
  • 1 cup of sugar (white or brown, organic or regular it’s up to you)
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 6-8 tea bags or 6-8 tsp. of loose leaf tea

Equipment/Materials Needed

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  • A gallon glass jar
  • wooden spoon
  • clean piece of cloth or coffee filter
  • rubber band
  • a pot

Directions

    1. Bring 4 cups of water to simmer.
    2. Remove the pot from the stove and pour in your sugar. Stir to dissolve.
    3. Add in your teabags or loose leaf tea and steep for 8-10 minutes. Do not stir or it will get bitter.
    4. After 8-10 minutes, remove the tea from the water and pour the mixture on to your jar. Then, add in the remaining water.
    5. Once the water in the jar has completely cooled down (this won’t take long), pour on to the jar the SCOBY and your starter tea.
    6. Cover the jar with a clean piece of cloth and secure it with a rubber band. Then, place the jar in a warm and dry place. It could be in your pantry or inside a cabinet. Leave it for 3-5 days. On the 3rd day, taste it. If it tastes tangy, it’s ready to be consumed. To consume, take the kombucha tea from the jar and store it in bottles or smaller jars. Make sure to leave at least a cup of the tea in the jar and the SCOBY. That will serve as your starter for the next batch of kombucha you’re going to be making. You can then start enjoying your brewed Kombucha tea, add fruits as flavors and do second fermentation.
      If you’re opting for a second fermentation and want to add flavor, just add any fruit or herbs you like to use as flavor and leave it at room temperature for 1-3 days. After that, enjoy your flavored Kombucha tea.

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Have more questions about making Kombucha tea? Leave your questions in the comment section below or go to Kombucha.ph.

Hotdog Buns Recipe & New Cool Ways to Shape your Bread

 

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I haven’t been baking breads for a while, so I decided to bake hotdog buns on Saturday. I only made a few because I didn’t want to end up eating more than 3 buns. That strategy was effective; I ended up eating only one. I used my go-to recipe for ensaymada that I adapted from CookNShare. It’s an enriched dough, so I don’t use it often as I’m trying to cut down calories. And since I wanted to try something new, I looked for new cool ways to shape the buns and found some inspiration on Pinterest. So here goes:

Hotdog Buns Recipe

By Jannah Abueza

These hotdog buns are deliciously light, fluffy and filling. Eat is as a snack or as side to your meal!
Yield: 16 Buns

Prep Time: 2 hr. 20 min.

Cook Time: 15 Min

Ready In: 2 hr. 35 min

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 to 3 1/2 cup of bread flour or All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup water, warm
  • 1/4 cup milk ( or substitute with powdered milk dissolved in 1/4 cup water)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tbs. oil or melted butter
  • 16 hotdogs
  • Shredded mozarella cheese or any cheese you have on hand (optional)
  • sesame seeds (optional)

Directions

  1. Mix together 1 Tbs of sugar, water and yeast. Set aside until the mixture is frothy and smells yeasty. This is to make sure your yeast is active and still works.
  2. Mix all your dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Beat your eggs and pour in on to the dry ingredients, then add your melted butter, milk and proofed yeast. Mix everything until is combined and come together. Now you’re ready for the fun part.
  4. In the bowl or on your board, knead the dough for 7-10 minutes or until it is smooth and bounces back when you poke it. You can also do the windowpane test like what is shown below.
  5. Pour some oil to your bowl and roll in the dough so it doesn’t form a fill on top. cover it with a towel or a cling wrap to lock the moisture in. Let it sit for 2 hours or until double in size in a warm place.
  6. Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it to release the air. Transfer it to your clean board or table and divide it in to 16 equal sizes.
  7. Peel your hotdogs and start shaping your hotdog buns as shown below. Top with shredded cheese or sesame seeds.
  8. Place your buns in your pan and cover with cling wrap or towels. Leave it for 15 minutes to an hour for a second rise or until doubled in size.
  9. Bake your buns for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown in 170C oven.
  10. Let it cool for a while before serving. Enjoy!

Shaping Your Dough

Flower Shape

This is my first time to try to make flower-shaped buns, so mine is not perfect yet. I’m sure with more practice, I’ll improve.

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This is the finished product:

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Chinese-style Hotdog Buns

To make the Chinese-style hotdog buns, first you need to flatten the dough. Then roll it out to turn into a little strip like that in the middle photo in the collage. Then, flatten the strip again and roll it to the hotdog.

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Letting the buns sit for a couple of minutes for the second rise.
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Apologies as I forgot to take a photo to the Chinese-style buns individually. But that’s the one on the side with the sesame seeds on top.

Do you have a new cool way to shape breads or tips? Please share them with me by commenting below.