Easy-Does-It Yeast Doughnuts: A Delicious Treat At Home

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These donuts are so light, fluffy, and delicious, you won’t believe how simple they are to make! No fancy equipment or techniques are required, just a few pantry staples and a little patience.


Homemade Glazed Doughnuts (Recipe + Video) – Sally’s Baking Addiction

2 ½ cups (310 grams) all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons (7 grams) active dry yeast (one packet)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (120 ml) warm milk (105°F to 115°F / 40°C to 46°C)
  • ¼ cup (60 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Activate the yeast: In a large bowl, whisk together the warm milk, sugar, and yeast. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, until the yeast becomes foamy and active.

    2. Combine dry ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.

    3. Make the dough: Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients along with the softened butter and egg. Use a spoon or stand mixer fitted with a dough hook to mix until a soft dough forms. The dough will be slightly sticky, but that’s okay!

    4. Knead the dough: Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5-7 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Add a little more flour if the dough is too sticky, but be careful not to add too much or the donuts will be tough.

    5. First rise: Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place for 1-1 ½ hours, or until doubled in size.

    6. Shape the donuts: Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out the dough to a ½-inch (1.25-cm) thickness. Use a donut cutter or a floured mug and a small round cookie cutter to cut out donut shapes. Re-roll the scraps and cut out additional donuts.

    7. Second rise: Place the donuts on a lightly floured baking sheet, leaving space between them for rising. Cover them loosely with plastic wrap and let them rise for another 30 minutes.

    8. Fry the donuts: Heat about 2 inches (5 cm) of vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. The oil should be between 350°F to 375°F (175°C to 190°C). Carefully place the donuts into the hot oil and fry for 1-2 minutes per side, or until golden brown.

    9. Cool and enjoy: Transfer the donuts to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil. Allow them to cool slightly before dusting with powdered sugar (optional) and serving warm.

    Nutrition Facts (per donut):

    Calories: 220

  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 35mg
  • Sodium: 130mg
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Protein: 3g

  • Please note: This is an approximate nutritional value and can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.


    These homemade donuts are a delicious and satisfying treat that’s perfect for breakfast, snacks, or dessert. They’re surprisingly easy to make and require no special skills or equipment. So ditch the store-bought donuts and give this recipe a try!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use a different type of milk?

    Yes, you can substitute the whole milk with another type of milk, such as low-fat milk, skim milk, or even plant-based milk like almond milk or oat milk. However, using whole milk will result in a richer flavor and slightly fluffier donuts.

    2. What if I don’t have a donut cutter?

    No problem! You can use a floured mug and a small round cookie cutter to cut out donut shapes. Simply place the mug on the dough and cut out a large circle. Then, use the smaller cookie cutter to cut out the center hole.

    3. How can I store leftover donuts?

    Store leftover donuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. They’re best enjoyed fresh, but they will still be tasty for a couple of days.

    4. Can I glaze these donuts instead of dusting them with powdered sugar?