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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Lebanese Sugared Donuts Recipe

Lebanese Sugared Donuts Recipe
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The Lebanese Recipes Kitchen (The home of delicious Lebanese Recipes and Middle Eastern food recipes) invites you to try Lebanese Sugared Donuts Recipe. Enjoy the Middle Eastern Cuisine and learn how to make Lebanese Sugared Donuts. 

These donuts are best eaten immediately after they are fried.

1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
½ cup warm water
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup canola oil, plus canola oil for frying
3/4 cup warm water
Sugar for coating the donuts

Proof the yeast by dissolving it in ½ cup water with the sugar and letting it activate for about 15 minutes.

Whisk together the flour and salt. Create a well in the center and add the oil and proofed yeast mixture. Slowly work the wet ingredients into the dry, adding the 3/4 cup water slowly. Hold back ¼ cup and only as necessary to create a soft dough. Knead the dough gently for just a couple of minutes.

Coat the dough with about 1 tablespoon of oil, cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm spot until doubled, about 2 hours.

Divide the dough into 8-10 balls. Let rise, covered with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel, on a lightly floured work surface for 20 minutes.

Fill a medium sauté pan with enough canola oil to reach 1/3 of the way up. Heat over medium high heat until a tiny ball of dough placed in the oil bubbles up immediately.

Be careful not to over heat the oil, or the donuts will brown too quickly and will not cook through the inside.

Stretch three balls of dough at a time into rustic, oblong shapes and poke a hole in the middle. Keep the rest of the dough balls covered to prevent them from drying out and forming a skin.

Fry three donuts at a time, turning over with tongs when deep golden brown. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel, and sprinkle with sugar while they’re still hot, and enjoy.

Source Maureen Abood (She is a writer—her work has been published here and there. She is also a cook and a photographer. And a few other things, depending on who you ask. One of her favorite things to cook and write about and, of course, to eat, is the food of her (very large) Lebanese American family.

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