Crispy and Creamy Doughnuts

Crispy and Creamy Doughnuts


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About this recipe: 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 (45ml) warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups (330 ml) lukewarm milk
  • 125g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g butter
  • 625g (5 cups) plain flour
  • 310g (2 cups) icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (8ml) vanilla essence
  • 4 tablespoons (60ml) hot water or as needed
  • 4 cups (1 litre) vegetable oil for frying

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

  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, ½ of the butter and ½ 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 175 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.
  10. Remove from hot oil and drain on a wire rack.
  11. Dip doughnuts into the glaze while still hot, and set onto wire racks to drain off excess.

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