I love ginger. Love love love it. I also love doughnuts. Together? One of the greatest thing ever. I’ve made this a bunch and I love them every time. They were also a big hit with my son’s preschool class. Don’t be intimidated by the recipe, it’s easier than it seems!
(from Epicurious I think)
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger (about 4 ounces)
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons ground ginger
3 cups vegetable oil (for frying)
3 cups solid vegetable shortening (for frying)
Whisk first 4 ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Stir in crystallized ginger and lemon peel.
Whisk sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract in large bowl to blend well. Stir in cream and melted butter. Add dry ingredients and stir to blend well (dough will be sticky). Cover bowl with plastic wrap; chill at least 1 hour. (Dough can be prepared 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated.)
Mix sugar and ground ginger in medium bowl to blend.
Line large baking sheet with plastic wrap. Roll out dough on generously floured surface to 3/4-inch thickness. Using floured 2 1/4-inch cookie cutter, cut out dough rounds. Using floured 1 1/4-inch cookie cutter, cut out hole in center of each large dough round, forming doughnuts. Gather dough scraps and reroll on floured surface. Repeat process, cutting out more doughnuts until all dough is used up. Place doughnuts on prepared baking sheet.
Line another large baking sheet with several layers of paper towels (I use the oven’s rack over the sink to let the grease just drip off instead of having it sit in the oil). Combine vegetable oil and shortening in heavy large pot. Attach deep-fry thermometer inside pot. Heat oil mixture over medium heat until thermometer registers 350°F. Adjust heat as necessary to maintain temperature. Using slotted spoon, carefully lower 4 doughnuts into oil. Cook until bottoms of doughnuts are deep golden brown, about 2 minutes. Turn doughnuts over and cook until bottoms are brown, about 2 minutes longer. Using slotted spoon, transfer doughnuts to paper-towel-lined baking sheet to drain. Cool slightly. While doughnuts are still warm, turn to coat in sugar topping. Repeat process with remaining doughnuts. Serve warm or at room temperature. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and store at room temperature.)
Makes about 2 dozen.