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October 16, 2009

I have quite literally been dreaming of doughnuts this past week, specifically La Panella.   Seeing as i can’t make the 10 thousand mile trip to Melbourne very easily i have been forced to make my own.  The following is the only recipe i’ve tried and it turned out, as luck would have it, more than ok.  However, there’s a few things i’d do differently like…not fry them in olive oil because you can taste the vineyards of italy in there and also keep a space saved to knead the dough on.

So firstly here’s what you need:

1 x cup soy milk (obviously use real milk if you aren’t vegan)

5 x tsp yeast

2 x cups all purpose flour (plain)

1/2 cup of mashed potato (you heard) this is a medium sized potato.

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup sugar

2 x tbs vegetable oil

To start with microwave the milk until it’s warm – not hot – and add the 5 tsp of yeast.  From here you have to work quickly because that shit RISES  like the sun.  Microwave the ‘tato for about 2 minutes until it is soft, make sure it’s skinless and mash it so it fills half a cup, for time’s sake skin it before you microwave so you can just mash and go, here’s where you can literally play a game of hot potato and be mildly amused that you are acting out an age old parlor game; while you are doing that the milk and yeast will be growing like the magic porridge pot.  In a bowl combine the flour, mash, salt and sugar, mix it together and then add the milk and yeast mixture and the oil.  Mix the dough by hand for about a minute or until it looks combined.  Prepare a flat surface with flour and place the dough on top.  Knead the dough for a minute or so.  flatten the dough to about an inch thick ready for cutting.  I used a 3 inch diameter cutter and an apple corer to cut the middle.  This will make precisely 7 donuts 1 handy extra reject one you make wrong.  Place them on a floured tray and leave to rise a little for ten exact minutes.  You can set the timer on your golden casio watch to do this.

Fill a saucepan with about a half inch of oil and heat it so that it’s hot like magma but if you see smoke it’s too hot! take it off the hob and test with a spare bit of dough.  If it starts fizzing you’re good to go.  Fry the dizzlenuts each for about 1.5 minutes, you will have to keep taking it on and off the hob for temperature control.  They go quite brown quite fast.  You can see if they are cooked through by sticking a fork in, if it comes out clean they’re done.  Place them onto some kitchen roll to soak up the excess oil and leave to cool.  By this time i imagine you’ll be quite excited.


I made this to taste and have no idea about measurements but i just mixed all of the following:

Icing sugar, vanilla essence, a bit of lemon juice, about 2 tbs of warm milk with a small bit of melted butter in.   Once the doughnuts are fully cooled, dip them in!

Here’s pictures:





The all important seductive taste test…

food slurry

Yep! they’re good.  Come round…

3 Comments leave one →
  1. leavemehere permalink
    October 18, 2009 5:12 pm


    But I wouldnt say no.

    I just got a new sim card in India, let me know if you got my msg, I have no idea if the thing is working.

  2. October 18, 2009 7:03 pm

    Ha totally. I feel wretched after eating just one but they taste sooo good. India shmindia, hate your guts. <3

  3. allimighthavegivenforlovessake permalink
    October 24, 2009 12:19 am

    this is actually lulu :) looks like andrew left his stuff signed in.

    can i just say…

    HOLY JESUS CHRIST…. my mouth just filled with saliva… doughnuts…..

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