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Doughnut making disaster - what went wrong?

helou | Nov 3, 201305:27 PM

I want to make doughnuts (they're traditional) for the upcoming Hanukkah holiday, and thought I found the perfect recipe on this YouTube video If you click on "About" just under the video, the recipe is written out.
I have a few requirements - they have to be dairy free (no milk or butter) and I want to use my bread machine to make the dough since I've never been a successful kneader, but my breads have been wonderful using the machine.

The proportions of flour to liquid seem to be about what I've seen in most recipes but the dough was incredibly wet and sticky, and I had to add a lot (a lot!) of flour until it looked right. It rose fine, but remained very sticky and fragile. Finally, when I was ready to fry them, the doughnuts were completely unmanageable and delicate. Despite all the flour on the surface they stuck to the silicone mat I put them on to rise, and I ended up throwing these globs of dough into the oil.

Any ideas about what happened? Yes, I did eat them because, you know, they're deep fried. But they aren't anything I could serve to anyone.

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