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Simple to Sensational Doughnuts

with Jenny McCoy
Simple to Sensational Doughnuts
Indulge in decadent doughnuts! Learn how to make quick and easy fruit fritters, artisan doughnuts and even your favorite luscious glazes.

Join renowned pastry chef Jenny McCoy as she shares the secrets behind making a variety of bakery-style doughnuts at home! Expertly mix dough for fritters and classic cake and yeasted doughnuts. Then, learn how to roll out and shape your dough for melt-in-your-mouth long Johns, doughnut holes, Bismarcks and beyond. Jenny will show you how to use a heavy pot you already have in your kitchen to fry your doughnuts. Plus, get tips on using the right oil, and how to build and maintain the right temperature to achieve browned but tender doughnut perfection. You’ll also find out how to expertly fill your doughnuts with tempting vanilla bean custard, mascarpone and more. Finally, dip, dunk and decorate your pastries with homemade vanilla glaze, flavored sugars, toasted coconut and even bacon — just try not to dig right in! 

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Lesson 1. Introduction & Apple Fritters

  • Meet your instructor, professional baker and pastry chef Jenny McCoy, then dive right into making a deep-fried favorite, apple fritters. Jenny shows how to mix the fritter batter and discusses options for a variety of fruit fillings, then cooks the fritters in a tabletop fryer. Don't have a fryer? Jenny will explain in the next lesson how to make fritters or doughnuts on the stovetop. You'll also learn how to tell when the fritters are cooked through and ready to enjoy!


Lesson 2. Cake Doughnuts

  • Mix up your dough for cake doughnuts using Jenny's tips, then roll out your dough and cut it into classic doughnut shapes. Jenny discusses the gear you'll need to fry doughnuts safely on your stovetop and shows how to spot the qualities of a perfect doughnut.


Lesson 3. Classic Yeast Doughnuts

  • For a truly decadent doughnut, try Jenny's recipe for a buttery, yeasted version that will rise to the occasion. Jenny shares her techniques for mixing, proofing and rolling out the dough, and demonstrates how to fry your doughnuts to perfection.


Lesson 4. Doughnut Fillings

  • Add another flavor dimension to your doughnuts with a variety of fillings. Make a summery strawberry jam, a delectable vanilla bean custard, a bright and smooth lemon curd or silky sweet mascarpone filling. Jenny will show you how!


Lesson 5. Glazes

  • It's easy to dress up your doughnuts with a shiny, sweet glaze. Jenny shows how to whip up delicious vanilla bean, chocolate and raspberry glazes.


Lesson 6. Baked Doughnuts

  • For a healthier alternative to the deep-fried doughnut, consider a baked version. Learn how to make the dough and how to fill your doughnut pan with a spoon or pastry bag. When your doughnuts have baked to golden hue, Jenny shows you the best way to remove them from the pan to cool.


Lesson 7. Glazing & Decorating

  • Now comes the really fun part of doughnut making: filling and decorating. See how to load a tipped pastry bag and use it to pipe just the right amount of filling into your doughnuts. If you prefer sugared or glazed doughnuts, learn how to dust, drizzle or dip your creations and top them further with crushed nuts, sprinkles and even bacon! Your delicious doughnuts are now ready to make their debut!

"This class was terrific. The recipes are delicious, the instructor is so clear with her relaxed and very professional guidance ... This class is a winner!"
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