I know, I know… most of you know doughnuts as the ones with the holes inside. In Poland doughnuts look like the ones on the picture above and the ones with the holes we call simply “tyres”. Polish tradition calls for doughnuts during Fat Thursday. Eating at least one is supposed to help in being happy the entire year ahead. I prepared them last weekend because I liked the picture and the recipe on this website. They are delicious! Too bad I cannot eat more than 1-2 doughnuts one time…
Ingredients for around 20-25 pieces:
600 g flour plus some to make the rolling easier
3 small eggs
100 g melted butter
70 g sugar with vanilla
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp rum/vodka
250 ml lukewarm milk
20 g fresh yeast or 10 g dry
Mix the flour with dry yeast (or mix the fresh ones first with a bit of flour, sugar and milk and set aside for 5 minutes to start them). Add the rest of the ingredients (minus oil and jam) in the end adding the melted butter. Knead for several minutes till the dough will be smooth and soft (try and do not add more flour, if possible, use the bread machine or kitchen robot to mix it).
Form the dough into a ball, sprinkle it with flour and set it aside to rise (1.5 hours).
Take the dough out and roll it 1-1.3 cm thick. Cut out the circles (Ø 6.5 -7 cm). Move to the (sprinkled with flour) tray to double in size. You can also form the balls immediately and fill them with jam (I do it after frying).
After the doughnuts doubled in size, deep fry them in heated to 175°C oil for few minutes on each side.
Take them out and place on a kitchen towel to remove excess oil.
Sprinkle with icing sugar or pour some icing over them while still warm (icing: 1 cup icing sugar mixed with 3 tbsp hot water).