Saturday, February 13, 2010

Homemade Doughnuts


To be honest, I’m not the biggest doughnut fan. I regularly pass when offered one. It’s just not my thing, not even those straight off the conveyer belt at Krispy Kreme, whose hot light seems to make people lose all the sense the good lord gave them. I have a friend who will actually swerve off the road at the sight of that neon sign. People seem to be in love with the things, but I’ve just never cared for them.


So, when I saw this recipe on The Pioneer Woman, I was intrigued. Maybe I would like them more if I made them at home? And you know what? I do. But I have to say you need to go into it without your preconceptions, because these don’t taste much like Krispy Kremes at all. They are just a bit more dense (but not much), and definitely not as sweet.


This experience. I’m not going to tell you it was easy, because it’s not, it's messy and labor intensive, but it's also a lot of fun and a great way to spend a Saturday when you’re completely snowed in! I spiced mine up with a chocolate glaze and some sprinkles, I think a maple glaze would be good too. I love that about these, you can customize them any way you want. I’d love to try jelly filled next.


Homemade Glazed Donuts
From The Pioneer Woman, check out her site for very helpful step by step photos.

1-⅛ cup Whole Milk, Warm
¼ cups Sugar
2-¼ teaspoons (one Package) Instant Or Active Dry Yeast
2 whole Large Eggs, Beaten
1-¼ stick Unsalted Butter, melted
4 cups All-purpose Flour
¼ teaspoons Salt
Canola Oil

3 cups Powdered Sugar
½ teaspoons Salt
½ teaspoons Vanilla
½ cups Cold Water Or Milk

Preparation Instructions

To Make the Dough:
1. Make sure milk is nice and warm, but not overly hot.

2. Add sugar to milk. Stir to dissolve.

3. Add yeast into a small bowl.

4. Pour milk/sugar mixture over yeast. Stir gently, then let sit for 10 minutes.

5. Melt butter in separate bowl until butter is almost melted. Stir to finish melting so butter won’t be overly hot.

6. Add beaten eggs to melted butter, stirring constantly to make sure the butter’s not too hot for the eggs.

7. Add the egg/butter mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook.

8. With the mixer on 3 or medium-low speed, pour in the yeast mixture.

9. Allow the dough hook to stir this mixture for a couple of minutes, making sure it’s thoroughly combined.

10. With the mixer still going, add helpings of the flour mixture in 1/4 to 1/2 cup increments until all the flour is gone.

11. Stop the mixer, scrape the bowl, then turn the mixer on the same speed for five whole minutes.

12. After five minutes, stop the mixer and scrape the bottom of the bowl.

13. Turn on the mixer for 30 seconds.

14. Turn off the mixer and allow the dough to sit in the bowl undisturbed for 10 minutes.

15. After 10 minutes, transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl. Toss the dough to coat, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place straight in the fridge.

16. Refrigerate dough for at least 8 hours, or overnight.

To Make the Doughnuts:
1. Remove bowl from fridge and turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface.

2. Roll out to 1/4 to 1/3-inch thickness.

3. Using a 3-inch cutter, cut as many rounds as you can, then roll out remaining dough and cut as much as you can, etc.

4. Cut holes out of each round using a 1 1/2-inch cutter.

5. Place both doughnuts and holes on a floured baking sheet.
6. Cover with large tea towel and place in a warm place in your kitchen; my kitchen is very drafty, so I have to briefly warm the griddle, then turn it off and set the sheets on top to keep warm.

7. Allow doughnuts to rise undisturbed for at least 1 hour; 1 hour 15 minutes if necessary. Doughuts should be visibly puffier and appear to be airy.

To Fry the Dougnuts
1. Heat plenty of canola oil in a large pot until the temperature reaches 375 to 380 degrees—do not let it get hotter than 380 degrees! 375 is ideal; keep the thermometer in the pan to continually monitor.

2. One to two at a time, gently grab doughnuts and ease them into the hot oil. Allow them to cook 1 minute on each side; they will brown very quickly.

3. Remove doughnuts from the oil with a slotted spoon, allowing all oil to drip off.

4. Place doughnut immediately on several layers of paper towels. Count to five, then flip it over onto a clean part of the paper towels. Count to five, then flip it over again; the purpose, obviously, is to drain as much grease as possible before it soaks into the doughnut.

5. Repeat with remaining doughnuts and holes. The holes will cook more quickly than the doughnuts; about 30 seconds per side.

6. Allow doughnuts to slightly cool.

To Glaze
1. Mix all glaze ingredients in a bowl until completely smooth.

2. One by one, dip doughnuts into the glaze until halfway submerged. (Note: completely submerge doughnut holes, then remove with slotted spoon.)

3. Remove from glaze, then turn right side up on a cooling rack over a cookie sheet (to catch dripping glaze.)

4. Serve warm if possible, or room temperature.

Chocolate Glaze
From Alton Brown

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup whole milk, warmed
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

Combine butter, milk, corn syrup, and vanilla in medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Decrease the heat to low, add the chocolate, and whisk until melted. Turn off heat, add the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth. Place the mixture over a bowl of warm water and dip the doughnuts immediately. Allow glaze to set for 30 minutes before serving.


  1. My friend's mom would always make us fresh doughnuts at sleepovers... this post is glorious!! Happy Weekend to you!! xo

  2. Your donuts turned out so pretty. I love how delicate they look.

  3. These look great! Thanks for the laugh too...the mental picture of your friend veering off the road for really cracked me up!

  4. Oh the brilliance that is you! Awesome shots of such glazed delights!!! One might even consider a doughnut making breakfast party perhaps :)

  5. Hannah, I have wanted to make these but never have... I am going to give them a try! thanks...

  6. The only donuts I love are those krispy kremes. Straight off the belt if you please. I do have to say that yours look pretty good. I've wanted to try making donuts at home. I think my children would enjoy them and be impressed with mama's baking skills. :)

  7. Your doughnuts are beautiful! I don't particularly like doughnuts either, but I'll bet homemade are delicious. Maple glaze DOES sound good.

  8. These look so perfectly light, as if they could float off the plate if they wished it so. Beautiful

  9. I *like* Krispy Kreme (we don't have many of those around here), but it's not the end all be all of doughnuts. Little doughnuts shops are few and far between, but man, they win over Dunkin' Donuts any day. There is a little bakery near my parents house which does it up right in my opinion...check out the first photo in this post:


  10. I drooled over her donuts for days - YUM. Your's look great Hannah! :)

  11. those doughnuts look awesome!I am so wishing that my mum would get our oven fixed now! :)

  12. My mom used to make doughnuts when I was a kid - YUM. My grandma handed down this recipe for potato doughnuts that made the biggest batch ever (don't start without reading recipe first). My mom and I made them were handing out doughnuts to everyone we knew, they were good, but since the recipe was written for a church breakfast it made hundreds!

    I'm not a big doughnut fan, but Mr Chiots sure is. I'll have to give these a shot.

  13. i admit, i'm an affirmed kk lover, but only in very small doses

  14. i'm not sure i can think of a better way to spend a day in which i'm snowed in! they look professionally-done, to tell you the honest truth--bravo! bring on the jelly-filled. :)

  15. I've never really liked doughnut much either, but I might have to try these now; coming from another un-doughnut person!

  16. Wow making these beauties is a recipe of dedication! But well worth it - your finished doughnuts look sublimely delicious :)

  17. We need to get you a box of Sublime doughnuts from downtown one of these days! I think you'll like them. Soft, fluffy and not too sweet!

  18. They look absolutely divine! I have grown up with home-made doughnuts and I have to say that home-made just trump everything else! Awesome job! And I just love the sprinkles!

  19. I agree. I don't like the chain doughnuts. But there's something about homemade. They look incredible!

  20. I love having doughnuts and coffee at afternoon. love home made one:)

  21. I've never tried making donuts at home! I'd like to try it someday.

  22. I don't love donuts either, but I am intrigued about trying them at home. I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to stop eating these!

  23. Yum! Pioneer Woman is always good for a few good eats. Also, your header contains what might be the coolest tea cup ever.

  24. I saw this recipe on PW, too, but (1) I'm vegan, and (2) I don't make fried foods for my family. Then I remembered these apple cider doughnuts I used to get at an apple orchard years ago and couldn't stop thinking about them! So I made baked apple cider doughnuts, and they turned out really really good - better than what I remember getting from the orchard, actually. I loved watching my toddler eat her first doughnut, on V-day no less.

  25. When I saw them on Pioneer women, I so wanted to make them too.

    how I love the way these turned out! I could see these being labor intensive, considering the steps involved, but well worth it!!

  26. I just have to tip my hat to YOU for typing out all those instructions!! Now that is labor intensive :)

  27. Oh I do love homemade doughnuts!!

    These look dangerously delicious! :)

  28. Mmmm wow these look delicious, ive always wanted to try making homemade doughnuts!!

  29. Mmmmm! looks so delicious! I've never tried homemade doughnuts...

  30. So many goodies I wanna try to make. Doughnuts are on a list too! :) These look scrumptious!

  31. You know, I've made donuts too, and they aren't always worth all the mess - not that yours don't look adorable! My favorite "cheat" has to be the baked donuts at 101 Cookbooks - much easier, very light, and zero frying!

  32. Nice! The glaze really makes them look fantastic!

  33. Waouh! Wonderful! So beautiful... I have already had breakfast but... sigh... I am hungry again... those donuts are so mouth-watering!

  34. I love doughnuts, and making them. I happen to reside in the northeast, and we don't have the super sweet Krispy Kremes (they tried and failed to stay here), and instead have another monster chain, who has much better doughnuts (in my humble opinion).

    I made raised doughnuts once, and they didn't come out so well, so I think I need to try this recipe next.

  35. These look fabulous. I haven't tried to make doughnuts yet, and am not sure I'm ready, but when I am, I know where to come.

  36. I'm one of those crazies who will swerve off the road if I spy a KK, but only if my "lose weight" New Year's resolution isn't weighing on me. Yours look lovely! I've made doughnuts before but not this method. Thanks for the lovely post!

  37. I love it when you wrote, "whose hot light seems to make people lose all the sense the good [L]ord gave them." LOL HILARIOUS!!

    I'm not crazy about Krispy Kreme, b/c their doughnuts are too sugary (I prefer Shipley's Donuts YUM!). I think this recipe just might be the ticket then. I saw these on her page, too and was quite intrigued. I'm glad you tried these out first so I can get more of an idea of how they taste. Your doughnuts are BEAUTIFUL!! Wow. I didn't know doughnuts could look so gorgeous.

  38. It's me again. I wanted to let you know you have an award on my blog.

    Thanks again for your wonderful pictures.


  39. Love this and thank you for the honesty! I knew those things weren't easy !! :)

  40. Oh gosh, we will definitely try this eventually... after we clear out the stash of Girl Scout cookies.

    For the record, I can't stand Krispy Kreme (and other chain store) doughnuts. In my parent's town though, there is a fantastic mom and pop shop right by the high school that makes these absolutely addictive doughnuts. Those doughnuts being within walking distance at lunchtime was heavenly. :P

  41. im not a big doughnut fan myself, but those look irresistible! just lovely..

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