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Make homemade doughnuts

Plate of donughts

What’s the Idea?

A delicious and easy recipe and tips to help you make homemade doughnuts from scratch.

What’s the story

I recently decided it was time to try and make homemade doughnuts and the results were excellent.

It’s not as daunting as some people think (though kids will need help/supervising with the frying).

People should do this because…?

Doughnuts are difficult to get hold of in the stores at the moment.

They are easy to make and are a tasty treat.

If you make homemade doughnuts then you can decorate to your taste!

How do you do it?

I followed this recipe and the results were great.

For the convenience of UK readers, I have converted the ingredient measurements:


  • 350ml or 1 and 1/2 cups milk lukewarm (whole milk or 2%)
  • 115g or 1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup), room temperature
  • 1 sachet or 4 and 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 75g or 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 190g plain flour or 5 cups + 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour, divided
  • additional flour for dusting
  • vegetable oil, for deep frying 
Top tips:

The most common mistake is not allowing the dough to prove enough.

There are two proving windows in this recipe, when the dough should be resting somewhere warm.

In both windows I let mine rest longer than the recipe suggested as the dough had not expanded to my liking.

Make sure the surface is well floured before you roll out and start cutting. This also applies to the paper you place your cut donuts onto for the second proving too.

I used a deep large casserole pan, to heat 2 inches of oil – if going this route a ‘cooking thermometer’ is definitely your friend. You want the oil heated to 160 to 170 Celsius.

If you don’t have a thermometer, then try these handy tricks.

If you’d rather not use this method, I am confident you could also use an air frier to cook these instead of deep frying.


When you’ve made your homemade doughnuts, you can let your imagination run riot for decorations and flavour!
If you want to fill them you’ll need piping bags and nozzles.
But you can just make classic ring doughnuts and top them with Nutella, sugar glazes (I like lemon), sprinkles, icing or caster sugar.

Stuff you may need

Circular cutters
Rolling Pin
Non-stick kitchen paper
2 clean, dampened tea towels
Cooking thermometer (if you do not have a deep fat/air frier)
Wire racks and trays
Piping bags & nozzles (if filling with jam/cream/custard)

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