HONEY GLAZED DONUTS WITH RAISINS AND PINE NUTS

(epicurious.com)
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1.5 cups warm water
1/2 tsp sugar
1 envelope dry active yeast
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 large egg, beaten
1 TBSP vegetable oil + more for cooking
1.5 cups honey
3/4 cup water
1 TBSP cinnamon
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1. combine 1/4 warm water and sugar in small bowl, until dissolved
2. sprinkle yeast over water/sugar mixture and stir until blended
3. let sit about 5 minutes - until yeast dissolves and mixture is foamy
4. whisk flour and salt together in large bowl
5. make well in center - fill with raisins, pine nuts, beaten egg and oil
6. pour remaing warm water on top
7. pour yeast mixture on top
8. stir everything until it becomes a smooth dough, scraping sides of bowl
9. cover bowl with plastic wrap, then a towel on top
10. let dough rise in warm, draft-free area until doubled in volume- about 1.5 hours
11. line a large baking sheet with 2 or 3 layers of paper towels
12. pour enough oil into a large pot to be 2 inches deep
13. using a deep-fry thermometer, bring oil to 365 F
14. now work in batches of 5 or 6 donuts-
15. dip a metal tablespoon into the hot oil to coat it
16. now dip oil-coated spoon gently into dough and scoop up a spoonful
17. drop dough into oil
18. wipe spoon off, dip it into hot oil again and get another donut going
19. fry each batch of donuts, turning occasionally, about 5 minutes until they are golden.
20. when the batch is done, retrieve them with a slotted spoon
21. set donuts on baking pan, lined with towels to absorb excess oil
22. let donuts sit at room temperature.
23. once you are done with all your batches, make honey glaze-
24. whisk honey, 3/4 cup water and cinnamon in saucepan over medium heat
25. as soon as it boils, remove from heat
26. dip warm donuts into honey glaze and pile onto a platter
27. set out remaining syrup for your guests

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