Donuts, I must admit they are such a weakness of mine. There is nothing I don’t love about these guys. One morning I got up and was totally craving a Caramel Donut! So, I decided to make my own version to conquer the craving.
This donut brings back a certain memory of a fabulous Donut shop in Northern Virginia located in Alexandria called Sugar Shack. They have other locations around town but this one is my favorite spot. So good in fact, I always take visitors and friends there to indulge in their incredible Caramel Donuts.
My goodness, this donut at Sugar Shack is amazing, just lathered with caramel on top that is just melts in your mouth. Definitely one of my favorites ever and up there on the Donut Lover List. Of course there are many incredible flavors to choose from.
Recipe is super simple and comes together super easy, similar to making bread. It is a yeast dough but I lighten it just a bit by adding a little cake flour, makes it super light and fluffy.
Patience, I tell myself as I start the journey of satisfying my crazy craving. Since it is just my husband and myself, I make a small batch and it makes plenty for us to enjoy. As well as, giving some to neighbors and a few for safe keeping in the freezer. My friends always chuckle because I freeze everything, telling them the freezer is your friend!
These Caramel Donuts freeze wonderfully so you can enjoy them again and again.
Baked Vs Fried
Shout out to baked donuts, I have some favorite recipes for the baked variety that I love. However, there is something about a fried yeast dough that makes your mouth so happy and taste so good!
Of course we must talk about the creamy and delicious caramel that goes on top. Five ingredients is all you need to whip this up in about 10 minutes. Traditionally, it is a caramel but I put just a touch of corn syrup to give that shinny appearance. What is not to love about a creamy caramel smothered over a donut? Mercy!
Tips For Success
Some tips of donut making that will help you be successful at home.
- Properly risen dough
- Proper oil temperature- 375 degrees
- Frying time in the oil
One thing I have learned about making donuts at home is frying and getting that right (wasn’t too successful initially at first). 375 is a good temperature to shoot for. Additionally, I use a thermometer to keep my oil temperature in check.
Too Hot? Donuts will cook faster and give you that dark brown color and leave a raw interior
Too Cold? Donuts will soak up the oil and you will be left with that oily taste at the end (blah).
Good rule of thumb is also watch the temperature when adding donuts, it can drop fast if you put too many in the oil at the same time.
My favorite color is a light brown on both sides, not too golden.
Hope you give this recipe a try and enjoy these Caramel Donuts as much as I do.
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