Milk Bread Doughnuts
Milk Bread Doughnuts

Milk Bread Doughnuts

It's easy to love light and fluffy milk bread and perhaps even easier to love freshly made doughnuts. When you combine the two, you wind up with something incredibly delicious: the softest, most cloud-like doughnuts you've ever had. These delightful treats are brought to you by pastry chef Gesine Bullock-Prado, who premiered them in episode 7 of The Isolation Baking Show.

30 mins
3 hrs 22 mins
10 doughnuts
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  1. To make the tangzhong: Combine all of the tangzhong ingredients in a small saucepan, and whisk until no lumps remain.

  2. Place the saucepan over low heat, and cook the mixture, whisking constantly, until thick and the whisk leaves lines on the bottom of the pan, about 3 to 5 minutes.

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  3. Transfer the tangzhong to a small bowl and let it cool to room temperature.

  4. To make the dough: Weigh your flour; or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess. Combine the flour with the tangzhong and the remaining dough ingredients, then mix and knead — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — until a smooth, elastic dough forms.

    Perfectly Pillowy Cinnamon Rolls – Step 5


  5. Shape the dough into a ball, and let it rest in a lightly greased covered bowl until puffy but not necessarily doubled in bulk, about 60 to 90 minutes.

    Perfectly Pillowy Cinnamon Rolls – Step 7
  6. To shape the doughnuts: Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Gently roll it 1/4" thick, and cut out doughnuts with a 2 1/2" to 3" round cutter.

  7. Cover loosely with greased plastic wrap and let the doughnuts rise for 30 minutes to an hour, until doubled in size.

  8. To fry: Heat the oil or shortening in a heavy frying pan or skillet to 350°F. Carefully place the doughnuts in the oil, two or three at a time, and fry until golden brown. Turn over and cook the second side; each side should take no more than a minute.

  9. Remove the doughnuts from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on absorbent paper. Repeat with the remaining dough.

  10. Frost the doughnuts as desired, using your choice of sugar topping or glaze.

  11. Storage information: Doughnuts are best eaten the day they're made, ideally served still warm. Store leftovers, unfrosted and unfilled, in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days; freeze for longer storage.

Tips from our Bakers

  • With origins in Japan's yukone (or yudane), tangzhong is a yeast bread technique popularized across Asia by Taiwanese cookbook author Yvonne Chen. Tangzhong involves cooking some of a bread recipe’s flour in liquid prior to adding it to the remaining dough ingredients. Bringing the temperature of the flour and liquid to 65°C (149°F) pre-gelatinizes the flour’s starches, which makes them more able to retain liquid — thus enhancing the resulting bread's softness and shelf life.