After frying them, drain them and then dip them in the butter glaze and you have this...
The verdict? Very good! They didn't last long!
Homemade Franchise-Style Doughnuts
1/4 cup warm water (100-110 degrees F)
2 Tbsp rapid-rise yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup shortening
5 cups, approximately, all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil or shortening, for frying
In a mixer bowl, hand-whisk warm water and yeast together and let stand 2-3 minutes to dissolve yeast. Briskly whisk in milk, sugar, salt, and eggs and blend. Add shortening and most of flour and blend. Then knead with a dough hook on low speed only until smooth (it is not necessary to knead this dough a long time.)
Remove dough hook and spray dough lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Cover entire mixer and bowl with a large clear plastic bag. Let dough rise 50-60 minutes or until almost doubled. Turn dough onto a lightly floured work surface and gently deflate. Roll to 1/2 inch thickness and , using a doughnut cutter,cut into doughnuts. Cover doughnuts loosely with plastic wrap and let rise 20-40 minutes.
Heat vegetable oil or shortening in a fryer (or wok) to 350 degrees F. Slide in doughnuts, a few at a time, and fry about 1 minute per side. Remove from oil onto a wire rack set over parchment paper.
Creamy Butter Glaze:
1/2 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
4-6 Tbsp hot water
1 ounce semisweet chocolate, melted, optional
For Creamy Butter Glaze:
Melt butter and then whisk it in a medium bowl with powdered sugar,vanilla, and hot water. Smear doughnuts in glaze.
For Chocolate Glaze, if desired, add 1 ounce melted chocolate to one entire recipe of Butter Glaze. Smear doughnuts in chocolate glaze.