My sister is visiting from Bielefeld Germany and was craving a donut that was an old childhood favorite… an orange glazed cake donut. She stopped into a donut shop and they let her know that they make 2 – 3 a day and that the next ones would be available in the morning. Decided I could whip these up for a treat.
1 box Pillsbury Hot Roll Mix
1 cup hot water (120 – 130 degrees)
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute
2 tablespoons soft butter for the dough
4 tablespoons soft butter for the frosting
zest of 4 oranges
juice of 1 orange
2+ cups vegetable oil
Make the dough using the recipe on the side of the box that is for making cinnamon rolls, using the first 5 ingredients listed above. Follow the directions for kneading and rest the dough and then forming the rolls. Roll the dough between the palms of your hands to make a hot dog like cylinder of dough and bring the dough together connecting the ends to form a doughnut shape. Let the dough rest again as directed.
Heat oil over medium high heat 1/2 way up the side of a cast iron skillet. Do not let the oil smoke. When the oil is hot, drop in 1 donut. If bubbles form at a medium to medium high rate around the dough, the oil is just right.
Let the donuts cook in the oil for about 3 minutes each side. Lift 1 end of the donut with tongs to check doneness after 2 minutes to check the level of browning. Flip the donut when it is medium brown and cook the other side of the donut for a similar amount of time. Remove the donut from the pan onto a paper towel and cooling rack.
You can now make 3 – 4 donuts at a time as above.
Combine 1/3 of the orange juice with 2/3 – 1 cup powdered sugar to form a glaze and drizzle the glaze over the donuts, then combine 1/3 of the juice with additional powdered sugar to form a medium consistency glaze and drizzle over the donuts. Next combine the last 1/3 of orange juice with 4 tablespoons of butter and additional 1/2 cup of powdered sugar to form a frosting. Drizzle over the donuts. Zest again with orange peel if desired.
* Omit glaze and frosting to decrease the sugar or google a sugar free frosting recipe that you like!