The French Laundry Donuts

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A yeast raised donut, golden and puffed after frying is rolled in cinnamon sugar for the ultimate in decadence.


3 tbsp. dry yeast, divided
1 1⁄4 cups warm water
8 cups all purpose flour, divided
1⁄2 cup warm milk
1 tbsp. salt
1⁄2 cup sugar
12 egg yolks
1⁄2 cup butter, melted
Cinnamon-sugar, as needed


1. Combine 1 1⁄2 tbsp. yeast with water. When mixture foams, add 4 cups flour. Mix and knead. Refrigerate 8 hr.

2. Mix remaining yeast with warm milk. Place 4 cups flour, salt, and sugar in bowl. When yeast foams, mix all ingredients together and rest. Combine the two doughs and knead.

3. Roll and cut. Cover with damp towel and rest at least 30 min. in the refrigerator. Uncover and let rise. Fry in 325° F. oil until golden. Roll in cinnamon-sugar.

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