spiced snowflake doughnuts

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1½ tablespoons lukewarm water 
  • ½ cup (125ml) lukewarm milk 
  • 2 tablespoons caster (superfine) sugar 
  • 50g butter, melted 
  • 2¼ cups (335g) plain (all-purpose) flour 
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • 2 eggs 
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying 

 nutmeg and ginger sugar

  • ¼ cup (55g) icing (confectioner’s) sugar, sifted 
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  1. To make the nutmeg and ginger sugar, place the sugar, nutmeg and ginger in a bowl and mix to combine. Set aside.
  2. Place the yeast, water, milk and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a large bowl and set aside in a warm place for 10 minutes or until bubbles appear on the surface. Add the butter, flour, nutmeg, eggs and remaining sugar to the yeast mixture and use a butter knife to mix until a sticky dough forms. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean, damp cloth and set aside in a warm place for 45 minutes or until doubled in size. 
  3. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Roll out to 1cm thick and use an 8cm-round cutter to cut 10 rounds from the dough. Using a small, sharp knife make 6 shallow cuts from the edge to the centre of the rounds. Place the rounds on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper and set aside for 30 minutes or until risen. 
  4. Place the oil and a sugar thermometer in a large, deep saucepan over medium heat until temperature reaches 180°C (350°F). Cook the doughnuts, in batches, for 1–2 minutes each side or until golden. Drain on absorbent paper. Dust with the nutmeg and ginger sugar and serve immediately. Makes 10

+ It’s important to let the dough ‘prove’ to ensure it achieves a light and airy texture. A little warmth is essential to help the yeast work and allow the dough to rise. A good way to prove your dough is to turn the oven to a low temperature 60°C–80°C (140°F–170°F), open the oven door and place yourbowl of dough on the door for the required time. When letting the doughnuts rise for a second time after you’ve kneaded the dough, they should become slightly puffy with a firm, stretched top.

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