How to make donuts - yeast donut recipe

This is how you make the classic yeast donut. A yeast donut is the lighter, airier, melt in your mouth kind of donut you often find with a glazing when you're buying donuts. They're not as easy to make as cake donuts, but well worth the effort.

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Ingredients to buy

  • - 2 packages of instant yeast (about 4 1/2 teaspoons)
  • - 10 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • - 2/3 of a cup of sugar
  • - 3 eggs
  • - 1 teaspoon of salt
  • - 4 1/2 cups of flour

Other stuff you'll need

  • - 1 cup of warm water
  • - flour for surfaces
  • - butter for your bowl
  • - clean oil
  • - deep fat fryer / wok

Optional ingredients

  • - 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • - 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • - 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Empty the yeast packages into the cup of warm water and wait until the yeast activates (begins to foam). It should take about 5 mintues or so.

Take 1 cup of flour (from your 4 and a half), empty it into the yeast mixture, give it a stir and leave it to rest for between 30 to 60 minutes.

Grab a new bowl and beat all of your unsalted butter, with all of your sugar and add then the eggs one after the other, before adding the teaspoon of salt.

Here you can add the optional ingredients to taste. This, of course, gives you an excuse to make up a number of batches of donuts, because you don't know what the donut is going to taste like right now.

Add your two mixtures together and slowly mix them until the dough is even.

Butter the sides of a clean bowl and roll the dough around it in, giving it an even coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise. It should take somewhere between an hour and two hours and the dough should rise to approximately double the size.

Flour a surface and roll or flatten the dough out to approximately half and inch thick. Use a donut cutter (ideally), or two circular cookie style cutters to cut your donut shapes from the dough.

Your donut shapes should be put onto a baking sheet or waxed paper and left to rise for a little longer, 15 minutes or so.

Heat your oil to approximately 370 degrees F (approximately 190 degrees C) before gently adding the donuts. Remember your donuts will expand whilst cooking! Give them room to breathe!

After a couple of minutes your donut will need to be flipped to do the other side. When the dount appears to be golden brown and done, remove it from the oil and place it on a wire or paper towels to drain.

Leave for 15 minutes or so, then cover in toppings...

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