How to Make Donuts

Feb 05, 2012 by Visual Recipes | 2 Comments| Share it:   



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  • Prep: 3+ hrs.
  • Cook: ~30 mins.
  • Serves: 12

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Homemade donuts or doughnuts are actually quite easy to make. And once you know how to make a basic donut you can go crazy will all kinds of different toppings and fillings. Using the following donut recipe I made glazed donuts, raspberry jam filled donuts, and chocolate covered donuts.

If you like Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donuts as much as I do, then you would love making your own donuts at home. Just be sure to eat them while they are warm and delicious.


  • 1 cup whole milk (heat to 110º F. Divide into 3/4 cup and 1/4 cup
  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons active dry yeast (divide into separate tablespoons)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • vegetable oil to fry with
  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter

Step 1

Heat the milk to 110º F. I used the microwave to do this.

Step 2

In a medium sized bowl, add the 3/4 of a cup of the warm milk and 2 tablespoons of the yeast. Mix with a spoon to dissolve the yeast.

Step 3

Add 3/4 cup of flour and mix with a spoon until a paste develops.

Step 4

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in a warm place for 30 minutes or so. I put the bowl on top of a running clothes dryer and draped a towel over the bowl to trap more heat.

Step 5

After 30 minutes, the dough will have risen.

In a stand mixer's bowl add the remaining 1/4 cup of milk and 1 tablespoon of yeast. Mix together with a spoon.

Scrape in the risen dough mixture into the stand mixer bowl.

Step 6

Add the egg yolks, vanilla, salt, and sugar.

Step 7

Attach a beater / paddle attachement and mix until it becomes smooth.

Step 8

Add in 1/2 cup of flour with the mixer turned off. Mix for 30 seconds.

Step 9

Add in the butter and mix for 30 seconds.

Step 10

Fit your mixer with a dough hook attachment. Add 1/4 cup of flour and mix. Repeat this step of adding 1/4 cup of flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of mixing bowl. Because of humidity you may need less or more flour than I did.

Step 11

Here you can see that the dough pulled away from the sides of the bowl and formed a ball. To know when it is done, touch the dough. If the dough is incredibly sticky, then add a little extra flour. You want the dough to be smooth and not too sticky.

Step 12

Detach the mixing bowl from the stand mixer and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for up to 12 hours.

Step 13

After 12 hours in the refrigerator, empty the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.

Step 14

Roll out the dough starting from the center, going outwards in each direction until the dough is 1/2" thick.

Step 15

Use a donut cutter to press into the dough. Then make a quarter turn so the dough separates easily. When you lift up the donut cutter you will have a donut shape with a hole of dough to remove from the center. If you don't have a donut cutter, you can use the top of a coffee mug like I did. As long as the diameter is 3" it will work well. To make the inner circle I used the lid from a little bottle of sprinkles. You could probably also use the top from a spice jar lid or use a bottle cap. Whatever you use to make the inner circle, you should have a diameter of about 1". Note: If you want to make a filled donut, then don't cut out the middle!

Step 16

Here is a closeup of the donuts ready for rising.

Step 17

Lay down some clean towels and dust them with flour. Place your donuts on the floured towels about 1" apart.

At this point, add in the oil to your fryer so it is a couple inches deep and then turn it on and set it for 360º F. This way the oil is heating up while the donuts proof:

Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot to rise for 5-20 minutes, or until they have doubled in size. You can test if they are ready by giving them a light touch. If the dough springs back fast they need more time to rise. If the dough springs back slowly, then they are ready to fry. Test them every 5 minutes.

Step 18

Fry the donuts, no more than 2 at a time on each side until golden and slightly brown. This should take anywhere between 30 seconds to 1 minute per side. Keep an eye on them, checking the color. I used a pair of wooden chopsticks to flip and remove them. You could also use a metal strainer / spoon.

Step 19

Dab the donuts on some paper towels and then place the donuts on a wire rack over paper towels to cool.

Step 20

How to Make a Donut Glaze

For a simple sugar glaze for your donuts you will need:
  • 1.5 cups of sifted confectioners sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons water
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)
In a pot or medium sized bowl, add the sugar and slowly mix in the vanilla and water until you have a smooth glaze.

Dip either one side of the donut into the glaze or cover both sides.

Step 21

Here is what the homemade glazed donut looks like. From here you could add additional toppings like toasted coconut.

Step 22

How to Make a Chocolate Donut Glaze

For a chocolate glaze for your donuts you will need:
  • 1.5 cups of sifted confectioners sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons water
In a medium sized bowl add the sugar and cocoa powder.

Step 23

Slowly mix in the vanilla and water until you have a smooth glaze.

Step 24

Here is the smooth chocolate glaze for your donuts. Dip either one side of the donut into the glaze or cover both sides.

Step 25

Here is what a donut looks like with the chocolate glaze and sprinkles.

Step 26

How to Make a Jelly Filled Donut

For a jelly filled donut you will need:
  • Raspberry Jam
  • Confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons water
Using a chopstick or something similar, poke a hole in the side of the donut and twist around to make an opening to fill the donut. At this point it would be great for you to have a pastry filler or food syringe you can fill with the raspberry jam to inject into the donut. Once the raspberry jam is in the donut, gently sift some powdered confectioners sugar over the donut.

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Feb 26, 2012

Thank you very much in advance for your site ,its very amazing and useful.
1- When you add the 2nd part 1/4 milk and 1 spoon of yeast what is the tempreture of milk? Must we keep it at 110 f ?
2- When do you add the egg yolk? What is the tempreture of the mixture? Does it need to be cooled or must it be at room tepmreture?
3- How can i send my recipe and the picure must be in jpg. Let me know.

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Feb 26, 2012

Hi Farnaz,

1 - As long as the 2nd part of the 1/4 milk was left out at room temperature it should be fine to use. I believe that’s what I did. You could heat it up to 110ºF though if you like. I just don’t think it makes much difference as the yeast from the first part is where all the yeast colonies are mainly developing.

2 - Egg yolks are added in step 6. Once the dough forms you put it in the fridge.

3 - If you would like to add a new recipe to the site then you need to first click sign up button. Once you are signed up just click the add a recipe button in the top right of the website.

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