1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup salted butter
- Oil, for frying
- Fillings and toppings, as desired.
- Combine milk and water in a small bowl; microwave until warm, not hot. Add the yeast and allow to foam for 5-10 minutes.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix flour, sugar, salt and softened 2 tablespoons of butter. Add in the yeast mixture and mix on low speed for 2-3 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl if needed, mix an additional minute. Remove dough from mixer and place in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm, draft-free location to rise until doubled, about an hour.
- Once the dough is doubled, punch down, wrap in plastic, and chill in refrigerator for one hour.
- While dough is chilling, create butter block using 1 cup of salted butter. Roll the slightly softened butter between two sheets of wax or parchment paper, into an 8 by 8 square. Refrigerate until needed.
- After dough has chilled, remove from refrigerator and roll on a lightly floured surface. Create a rectangle roughly 12 by 20, and place the refrigerated butter block on top of the dough, with corners pointing towards the sides of the dough.
- Fold the dough over the butter by pulling the corners of the dough into the center of the butter, pinching the seams together to encapsulate the butter entirely. Quickly re-roll the dough into a rectangle that is 10 by 24. Fold the dough into thirds, like a letter. Wrap the dough and chill for one hour.
- After one hour, roll the dough into a 10 by 24 rectangle again, and once again fold into thirds. Wrap and chill one more hour; repeat folding process once more.
- After final chill, roll the dough into a 6 by 18 rectangle. Cut dough into 3 6 by 6 inch squares and stack the dough on top of itself. Roll this into a 6 by 8 inch rectangle.
- Using a 2 inch doughnut or biscuit cutter, cut the dough into 12 doughnuts. Use a smaller cylinder to cut out a center circle if not using a doughnut cutter.
- Place doughnuts in a warm place to rise, roughly 30 minutes.
- Bring oil to 350. Place 2 to 3 doughnuts in the hot oil and fry for 1 minute on each side. Remove from oil and place on towel lined plate.
- Fill and garnish as desired.
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