There’s nothing like a tasty, gooey donut, especially when it’s covered in a sweet and sugary glaze! If you can’t get to a local bakery (or your favorites are closed for business for a little while) but still have a craving, there’s no better time than now to experiment with your own recipe.
Here are some steps to make your own donuts, taste tested by team Fuzzy Babba!
3 Cups All-Purpose Flour (for Donuts), Plus 2 Tablespoons for Dusting
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Packet of Dry Yeast (About 2¼ Teaspoons: 7 Grams)
3 Tablespoons White Sugar
1 Cup Whole Milk
½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
Corn Oil (for Frying)
Helpful Tools: Plastic Wrap, Wooden Spoon, Saucepan, Deep Skillet, Tongs
Total Time: Approximately 2.5 Hours
Steps to Make Your Own Donuts:
1. Start by melting the butter fully in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, remove it from the heat.
2. Quickly stir in the milk, white sugar and salt. Mix thoroughly until everything is well dissolved.
3. Still acting quickly, crack the egg into your saucepan and mix well.
4. Add the yeast and stir. Let the mixture rest for five minutes.
5. Transfer your mixture from the saucepan to a large bowl, then add the flour. Mix everything well with your wooden spoon.
6. Once all ingredients are fully combined, use your hands to knead your dough for a few minutes, then shape it into a ball. Cover the dough and bowl with plastic wrap.
7. Let the dough rise until it doubles in size, which usually takes between one hour and one and a half hours. Uncover the bowl.
8. Press your hands into the dough to release the air, then knead for a few more minutes until it’s soft and smooth. Cover the dough and bowl with plastic wrap again.
9. Let the dough rest for another 30 minutes to one hour until it doubles in size again. Once it’s risen, uncover the bowl again.
10. Sprinkle your remaining flour onto a flat surface, then transfer your dough over. Roll the dough out until it is about an inch high.
11. Cut the dough into its classic “donut” shape. You can use a bowl and a bottle cap, or trace with a knife.
12. Heat up four inches of oil in a deep skillet over medium high heat, until the temperature of the oil reaches 350° F.
13. Lower the heat to medium heat, and gently set each of your donuts into the hot oil by hand. Be careful not to get your hands too close to the oil, or to splash the oil as you drop them in! Add as many donuts into the oil as you can fit, without them touching each other.
14. Cook for a total of about five minutes, occasionally flipping them with your tongs, until they are crispy looking on the outside and evenly golden brown.
15. Strain your cooked donuts, and let cool.
Once your donuts have slightly cooled, you can add some extra flavor with chocolate glaze or a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon. Some of our favorite toppings are dark chocolate and sprinkles. Homemade donuts are best enjoyed with a cup of coffee or nice, big glass of milk - and in a pair of Fuzzy Babbas, of course!
Have you ever tried to make your own donuts? What are your favorite recipes to experiment with? Do you have a sweet tooth? Tell us in the comments!