Satisfyingly square

Try this effortless recipe which produces long-lasting, fresh doughnuts to enjoy during Hanukka.

Square doughnuts 311 (photo credit:
Square doughnuts 311
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Recipe from Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking by Leah Schapira/ Artscroll.
I’ve been searching for a doughnut with two main requirements:1. It has to taste good even an hour after I fry it.2. It had to be easy, so that I don’t need to pull out my mixer.
4 cups flour¼ cup sugar2 ¼ teaspoon dry yeast2 eggs1 ¼ cup warm water1 pinch salt2 oz margarine
1. In a large bowl place the flour, sugar, yeast, eggs and warm water. Mix with a wooden spoon.
2. Add the salt and incorporate it into the dough.
3. Cut the margarine into small pieces and add them to the bowl. Knead the dough by hand. You may need a drop of flour, but use the least amount you can, a sticky dough yields a fluffier doughnut.
4. Knead for a minimum of five minutes.
5. Cover the dough and let it rise for two hours in a warm, draft-free spot. Sprinkle flour over the rolling surface, place the dough on top, and then sprinkle flour over the dough.
6. Roll the dough out in the shape of a rectangle ½ inch thick. At this point you may add as much flour as you need to ensure that the dough won’t stick to the rolling surface.
7. With a knife or a pizza cutter, cut squares about 2½ x 2½ inches. Separate the squares, sprinkle with flour if necessary, and let rise, covered, for 45 minutes.
8. When there are 10 minutes left for the dough to rise, heat oil for a full 10 minutes. With your thumb, punch a hole right through the center of the doughnut and drop into hot oil.
9.  Fry three or four at a time so as not to overcrowd the pot and end up lowering the temperature of the oil.

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