Homemade Raised Doughnuts

Homemade Raised Doughnuts

Learn how to make fresh and easy homemade doughnuts right from the comfort of your own kitchen.
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  • Serves: 18 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Dissolve yeast in 1 cup of warm water.
  3. Step 3

    Let sit about 5 minutes until the yeast foams a bit (so you know it's active).
  4. Step 4

    Beat in 2 cups of the flour, 1/3 cup of sugar, egg, 4 tablespoons of butter, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add the remaining 1 1/4 cups flour, 1/4 cup at a time until the dough starts pulling away from the sides of the bowl.
  5. Step 5

    Cover bowl with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and let sit in a warm place until the dough doubles in bulk — about 2 hours.
  6. Step 6

    Punch down the dough and turn it onto a floured surface.
  7. Step 7

    Roll dough to about 1/2 inch thick. 
  8. Step 8

    Use a large round biscuit cutter to cut circles and a smaller round cutter to cut out the holes. Obviously, if you are lucky enough to be in possession of a doughnut cutter, go ahead and use that!
  9. Step 9

    Cover doughnuts (and holes) and let rise until puffy looking — about 2 hours.
  10. Step 10

    Heat an inch or two of oil or lard in a large heavy pot to 350 F to 375 F. Set a cooling rack over a baking sheet and put them near the pot. Put about a cup of sugar in a medium bowl and have that handy as well.
  11. Step 11

    Add 3 or 4 doughnuts (or 8 to 10 doughnut holes) to the oil. They should sizzle immediately as you add them to the fat.
  12. Step 12

    Cook doughnuts until light brown on one side. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to flip the doughnuts, cook until the second side is light brown. Transfer cooked doughnuts to a cooling rack and let cool and drain for a few minutes. Dip doughnuts into sugar to coat. Repeat with remaining doughnuts.
  13. Step 13

    Serve warm if at all possible.
  14. Step 14