Doughnuts with Strawberry Glaze
1/4 cup warm water
2 tsp instant yeast
1 1/2 cups milk, warmed
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
5 1/2 cups flour
1 qt vegetable oil
8 oz frozen strawberries
1/3 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
3+ cups powdered sugar
Combine yeast and water in a small bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes.
Cream together milk, shortening, sugar, salt, and eggs. When smooth, add yeast mixture. Mix in flour. Knead for five minutes or until smooth.
Cover bowl with a damp cloth and let rise for 1-2 hours or until doubled in size.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to 1/2" thickness.
Using biscuit cutters or a glass, cut out doughnuts. Let rise for an additional 1-2 hours.
In a heavy saucepan, heat vegetable oil to 350 degrees. Set a cooling rack over a sheet pan and set aside.
Fry the doughnuts until golden brown on one side, then flip over using a chopstick. When evenly brown, remove from the oil and let drain on the prepared cooling rack.
Defrost strawberries in the microwave. Pour off liquid. Puree in a food processor.
Melt butter in a small saucepan. When melted, add in pureed strawberries. Stir in powdered sugar until glaze reaches desired consistency. Cook and stir until smooth.
Dunk cooked doughnuts into glaze and then return to cooling rack until glaze hardens.
Enjoy! These are best if eaten immediately (which won't be a problem).