Baking equipment specialist Darren Sydorko advises that when buying equipment for your doughnut business, you should approach it already well-versed in your options. Be aware that the world of baking equipment sales is a highly specialised one, and you need to be a serious prospect for a supplier to sit with you to discuss your equipment needs. Be prepared before you shop by taking a class, hiring a consultant or learning about the doughnut business first-hand.
For a doughnut business, you will need fryers, rather than ovens, to produce doughnuts. Fryers can be either gas or electric, and depending on the size of the pan or screen, can make from 80 dozen to 100 to 150 dozen doughnuts per hour. A space-saving countertop doughnut robot can automate the procedure; it deposits the doughnut into the fryer at a rate of 43 dozen doughnuts per hour. However, Sydorko cautions that doughnut robots are designed more for frying cake doughnuts than yeast doughnuts; while the latter tend to be the mainstay of a doughnut shop, they also require additional handling prior to frying.
To make yeast-raised doughnuts, you will need a proofer to provide a temperature-controlled environment for the dough to rise. This can be a mobile proofer that can hold multiple sheet pans at a time, and can be manoeuvred to different parts of the bakery. Proofing boxes specially designed for doughnuts can work together with the assembly line nature of doughnut production.
Icing tables, tumblers, fillers
Glazing gives doughnuts the glossy sheen that makes them so appealing. Icing stations with a glazing attachment smoothly and uniformly drench doughnuts in a bath of glaze. Sugaring tables contain large bowls kept inside drawers to finish doughnuts in sugar. An alternate device is a tumbler, a revolving drum into which doughnuts can be sent for sugar coating. Filling machines automate the process of injecting fillings into doughnuts.
Doughnut shops require a host of peripheral gadgets and small accessories to run seamlessly. Among these accessories are doughnut cutters, which may be either hand-held or built into a dough sheeter as a cutting station. Cutters are necessary to make bar shapes and other raised doughnuts from sheets of dough. Doughnut depositors are another item that are useful for doughnut shops, as they crank out cake doughnut dough into the required shape and drop the pieces into the fryer. Depositors can be hand-operated and squeezed, hand-cranked or motorised.