Easy Yeast Doughnuts

Easy Yeast Doughnuts

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These light and airy doughnuts make a terrific treat for the holidays. You may dip them in chocolate glaze or add candy sprinkles if you wish.


Serves: 9 

  • 3 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 2 (7g) packages active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 litres oil for deep frying
  • 1 cup icing sugar, for dusting

Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine 1 3/4 cups flour with yeast. In a saucepan heat milk, sugar, butter and salt until butter melts. Stir milk mixture into flour along with eggs, beating with a heavy-duty electric mixer on low for 30 seconds, just to combine. Increase speed to high and beat 3 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining flour, a little at a time, stirring with a spoon to make a firm but pliable dough. Knead dough on lightly-floured work surface 4 to 5 minutes until smooth and supple. Transfer to an oiled bowl. Cover and let dough rise until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Turn dough out onto floured surface, punch down and roll out to 1 1/2 cm thickness. Cut out doughnuts with a floured doughnut cutter then re roll trimmings and cut them into doughnuts as well. Transfer doughnuts to baking trays, cover and let rise 45 minutes.
  4. Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 180 degrees C. Fry doughnuts, in batches, turning several times, until golden all over. Using a slotted spoon remove doughnuts to a rack to drain. Let doughnuts cool and dredge in icing sugar.

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