Crispy American Doughnuts


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This recipe makes glazed American-style doughnuts. I made it for my daughter's birthday this year. It's a treat recipe and is pretty straightforward if you have a deep fryer. Keep a baking tray lined with paper towels under the wire rack for easier cleaning up.


Serves: 18 

  • 2 sachets (7g) instant dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups (350ml) lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 cup (100g) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g butter
  • 5 cups (625g) plain flour
  • 2 cups (250g) icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 4 tablespoons hot water, or as needed
  • 1 litre vegetable oil for frying

Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:2hours rising  ›  Ready in:2hours40min 

  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water, and let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, 1/2 of the butter and 1/2 of the flour. Mix for a few minutes at low speed, or stirring with a wooden spoon.
  3. Beat in remaining flour a little at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.
  4. Place the dough into a greased bowl, and cover. Set in a warm place to rise until double. Dough is ready if you touch it, and the indention remains.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and gently roll out to 1cm thickness. Cut with a doughnut cutter or a round biscuit cutter.
  6. Let doughnuts sit out to rise again until they double in size, cover loosely with a cloth.
  7. Melt remaining butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in icing sugar and vanilla until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in hot water one tablespoon at a time until the icing is thin, but not watery. Set aside.
  8. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or a deep heavy pan to 180 degrees C. Slide doughnuts into the hot oil using a wide spatula. Turn doughnuts over as they rise to the surface.
  9. Fry doughnuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from hot oil and drain on a wire rack.
  10. Dip doughnuts into the glaze while still hot and set onto wire racks to drain off excess.

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Reviews (6)


these doughnuts were great almost better then the real Krispy Kreme's - 27 Jan 2010


Very easy for a novice doughnut maker. - 04 May 2012


made this with the kids......they loved them! - 25 Apr 2009

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