Friday, February 8, 2008

Thai Doughnuts

I love sweetened condensed milk so much that I could eat it with a spoon - and have, on several occasions...  But this week I decided that, in light of Tartelette and Peabody's doughnut event, I should eat it with a doughnut instead.  
I have actually been wanting to make Thai Doughnuts for a while now, since surprisingly, none of my friends in this city have ever tried them; even the ones who love Thai food!  And I haven't seen them on a Thai menu since I've been in Miami.  This all makes me very sad, because good Thai Doughnuts are seriously one of my favorite desserts.  The doughnuts are warm, soft, barely sweet, and when dipped in the sweetened condensed milk, they taste like heaven.  And the peanuts add just the right amount of texture and flavor to make the doughnuts even more fun to eat!  
For the actual doughnuts, I used a recipe that didn't include yeast, because unfortunately I was out of yeast and couldn't get my hands on any in a moments notice.  But if I decide to make Thai Doughnuts again (which is very probable) I would definitely use a yeasty recipe, because these yeast-free doughnuts just didn't have the lightness I was looking for.  Oh well; they still all got eaten very quickly!  Because how can anything be bad if you deep fry it and then dip it in sweetened condensed milk and peanuts?  A perfect breakfast, if you ask me!

Thai Doughnuts (adapted from this recipe)

3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup water
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp vegetable oil
sweetened condensed milk, for dipping
chopped peanuts, for dipping

Combine the baking soda, powder, and sugar.  Add the water and mix well.  Add this mixture to the flour, and stir a little bit.  Add the oil to the mixture, and stir until a dough is formed.  Cover the dough with a moist cloth and let sit for 4 hours at room temperature.  
Heat oil for deep frying.  On a floured surface, break the dough into small (about 1 inch) pieces, and flatten them into oval shapes.  When the oil is hot enough that a small piece of dough will bubble and float in it, start deep frying the dough.  Fry each piece until it is a golden color.  
Serve while the doughnuts are still warm: dip them in the sweetened condensed milk and then in the peanuts, and enjoy!


Tartelette said...

Thanks for your entry! I could drink the stuff!! They look wonderful!

Lunch Buckets said...

I've never admitted this to anyone, but I have on more than one occasion eaten entire cans of sweetened condensed milk with a spoon.

Astra Libris said...

Oh my gosh, this looks and sounds absolutely deliciously incredible... I'm dying over here... These look soooo good...:-)

Emiline said...

I made doughnuts too!

I've never heard of a Thai doughnut.
These look nice. I like the idea of dipping them in the milk, and then the peanuts.

Deborah said...

I have never heard of Thai doughnuts. They sound mighty tasty, though!!

Cheryl said...

Donuts dipped in condensed milk? Why didn't I ever think of that. Purely genious.

Gretchen Noelle said...

What a great taste combination. great job!

eatme_delicious said...

Ohh yum! I've never seen Thai doughnuts at a Thai restaurant before. I will keep an eye out though because they look delicious! I love condensed milk too. Have you had condensed milk toast? Basically a thick slice of white bread, pour condensed milk on top and bake it for a bit. Yumm!

Shani said...

I lived in South Florida for 10 years and I have had Thai Donuts (Heavenly!!!) at a Thai restaurant. I believe it was at "Try My Thai" in Downtown Hollywood. If not there, it was at another Thai restaurant in Downtown Hollywood but I can't remember the name of it. I love them for their sheer simplicity. I mean, who doesn't love fried dough!!

Alexandra said...

Try this also if you are out of time and are craving for donuts with condensed milk: Get biscuit batter right from the fridge section... pilsburry or publix brand is even better. Cut circles in half and deep fry ... when golden take out of oil and sift on some powdered sugar and dip in the cond. milk.... just like the real thing! hey Miami people... Russon in Kendall is a japanese restaurant ... excellent food but they also have the donuts and my fave thai restaurant is bankok bankok also in kendall and they have im craving some!

Anonymous said...

in miami they have them in sushi siam.

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Anonymous said...

Rock -A- bankok is also an amazing thai restaurant in miami (kendal area) --and they have Thai Donuts too :) Yummmm

Anonymous said...

Ooh, these look so good! I was actually looking for a recipe for these since one of my favorite places has them, but I wasn't sure what was in them! Thank you for posting! I live in Florida too, and so far the only Thai restaurant I've been to that has them is Tee Jay's.

Whiplizzy said...

I'm going to make them this weekend. SeaSiam in Pinecrest (Miami) has the best Thai food...and to-die-for donuts!

Muse said...

I tried making these and they did not turn out...I think my oil was to hot maybe? But the SCM and peanuts are just like the restaurants!
I think thai doughnuts in thai restaurants are a Florida thing.
Or maybe we just have more authentic thai than any other state? I don't know but I am glad we have them in Tampa!
I will try this recipe again but with a lower heat for my oil. Hope it works out because I love thai donuts! Thanks for posting this!