A slumber party is a dream come true for every young girl. Create the ultimate fun evening with these sweet treats and crafts.
Preparation time: 45 minutes, plus rising and refrigeration time
Cooking time: about 40 minutes
• 820ml (455g) white bread flour
• 70ml (60g) sugar
• 10ml (7g) instant dried yeast
• 170ml milk at room temperature
• 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
• 110g butter, softened
• sunflower oil for deep frying
• 500g icing sugar, sifted
• hot water
• pink food colouring
• cake sprinkles and decorations
1 Sift the flour and 5ml salt into a mixing bowl, then mix in the sugar and the yeast. Beat the milk and eggs with a fork, then make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and add the liquid. Mix the dry ingredients in from the sides using a wooden spoon.
2 Blend the mixture at a slow speed for 10 minutes using the dough hook of the food processor. It will become quite sticky. Cover with a damp dishcloth and leave in a warm area for approximately 90 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size. Knock back the dough using your hands, then squeeze the soft butter into the dough, ensuring that it is thoroughly mixed. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight, if possible.
3 Remove the dough from the refrigerator and knead for a few minutes. Roll out onto a lightly floured surface until it is about 2,5cm thick, then use a scone cutter to cut out rounds. Use a smaller cutter to make a hole in the middle of each round to form a ring. Repeat with the remaining dough. Place the rings onto a greased baking tray, leaving space for rising. Leave to rise at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes or until they have doubled in size.
4 Heat the oil in a deep-fryer or a medium-sized saucepan until it measures 180°C. Use an oil thermometer to test whether the oil is ready, or drop a cube of white bread into the oil. It should turn golden brown within 40 seconds. Fry two to four doughnuts at a time, until golden and cooked through. (This should take approximately five minutes.) Remove the doughnuts from the oil and drain on absorbent paper. Repeat with the remaining doughnuts.
5 Place the doughnuts onto cooling racks and leave to cool.
6 Icing Make the glacé icing by mixing hot water into the icing sugar a little at a time until it forms a smooth, droppable consistency. Colour in different shades of pink and keep some white. Spoon over the doughnuts and allow to run over the edges slightly. Sprinkle the cake decorations over and leave to set completely.