How to Make Krispy Kreme Donuts

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How to Make Krispy Kreme Donuts
Making your own dougnuts allows you to indulge whenever you want. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

To some, Krispy Kreme doughnuts are an addictive, indulgent treat; however, Krispy Kreme stores are not always available in your area. Even if they are, going to Krispy Kreme on a regular basis can get costly. Instead, you can recreate the famous doughnuts at home. Although the true recipe remains a guarded company secret, with a little patience, creativity and experimentation, you can create a doughnut pretty close to the real thing.

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Things you need

  • Doughnut:
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp yeast
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 7 cups flour
  • Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla exract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk

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  1. 1

    Bring 2 cups of milk to almost a boil, then remove from the heat.

  2. 2

    Stir in 1/2 cup softened butter into the hot milk, along with 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp sugar from the 2/3 cup of sugar. Let the milk cool for a few minutes.

  3. 3

    Combine 1 1/2 cups icing sugar, 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/8 tsp salt in a small bowl to make the glaze. Set aside.

  4. 4

    Slowly beat 2 tbsp yeast, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 2/3 cup sugar, 3 cups flour and 4 beaten eggs into the milk mixture.

  5. 5

    Stir in 4 more cups of flour, mixing until a sticky dough forms.

  6. 6

    Knead the dough with your hands or a mixer hook attachment if you have one for about 5 minutes. Cover the dough with a towel and let it rise for about 1 hour.

  7. 7

    Knead the dough for several minutes on a floured surface, then roll to a 1/2-inch thickness with a rolling pin.

  8. 8

    Lightly flour a doughnut cutter and cut out as many doughnut shapes as you can out of the dough. Allow the dough to rise for 30 to 45 minutes.

  9. 9

    Fill a deep fryer at least halfway with oil and heat to 365F.

  10. 10

    Fry each doughnut for 1 to 2 minutes on each side in the deep fryer, or until each side is browned.

  11. 11

    Remove the finished doughnuts from the oil and drain on a plate lined with a paper towel until they are cool enough to handle.

  12. 12

    Dip the doughnuts into the glaze, shaking the excess off. Place them on a wire rack with waxed paper underneath to catch the drippings. Enjoy warm or let them cool to room temperature.

Tips and warnings

  • To make a chocolate glaze for the doughnuts, melt 1/3 cup butter and 113gr of semisweet chocolate chips together in a double boiler, then stir in 2 cups icing sugar, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 4 to 6 tbsp of hot water, 1 tbsp at a time, until the chocolate reaches your desired consistency.

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