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Donut time: check out these delicious and affordable recipes

Brew some coffee and get ready to make your own donuts!

There are few things more delicious than a tasty and hot donut. With this recipe, you won’t have to stop every time you see the Krispy Kreme sign. You can make them at home!

The following recipe, from CopyKat, yields about 8 servings and it is the perfect treat for a weekend breakfast in bed. Roll your sleeves up and let’s get to work.


For the doughnuts

11.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 3/4 cups - King Arthur Recommended)
1 ounce neutral vegetable oil (about 3 tablespoons)
4 oz whole milk (1/2 cup)
4 oz filtered water (1/2 cup)
1.3 oz granulated sugar (about 3 tablespoons)
2 egg yolks
.6 oz malted milk powder (2 tablespoons. If you can’t find malted milk powder, use nonfat dried powdered milk instead)
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or about 3⁄4 teaspoons of table salt)
Enough shortening or vegetable oil to fill a large pan by about 3 inches

For the Glaze

2 ounces unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
2 tablespoons neutral vegetable oil
12 ounces confectioners’ sugar (about 3 cups)
A pinch of salt
2 1/2 to 3 ounces very hot filtered water


"1.    For the Dough: Combine all dough ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer. Use the dough hook attachment and mix on low for about a minute or so until the flour is almost all incorporated. You may have to scrape down the sides of the bowl a time or two. Once the dough is more or less together, knead on medium speed until the dough clears the sides of the pan. This will take between 12-15 minutes. 

2.    The dough will be very soft and supple. Scrape the dough into a ball in the bottom of the mixer bowl, spray with pan spray and cover. Let rise in a warm spot until double, about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes.

3.    While the dough is proofing, cut some squares of parchment about 4” x 4”. You’ll need 16 or so. Spray each square with a bit of pan spray. Lay them out on two cookie sheets or half sheet pans. Liberally flour a work surface with all-purpose flour and, when the dough has doubled, scrape it out onto the floured surface. 

4.    Flour the top of the dough as well and knead it a few times to incorporate the flour and to press out as many of the large gas bubbles as you can. Shape the dough into a smooth ball, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Add a bit more flour to your work surface and the top of the dough and roll out into a rough rectangle about 1⁄2” thick. Use a 3” doughnut cutter (or a large and small round cutter) to cut approximately 12 doughnuts from the first roll. Place each doughnut on one of the squares of parchment. Reroll the remainder of the dough, but know these second rolls won’t be quite as light as the first rolls. You should be able to cut another 4 doughnuts from the re-rolled dough. Discard the rest or fry the scraps as-is. Cover the doughnuts with plastic wrap or a couple of lint-free towels. Let them rest for 20 minutes. 

5.    After 20 minutes, heat the oil to 360F. This will take about 10 minutes or so. Once the oil is at temperature, start frying. Pick up one of the parchment squares and, holding it low over the oil, carefully tip the doughnut into the oil, letting it slide off the parchment. Be careful! Fry 2-3 doughnuts at a time, flipping them once the first side is deep golden brown and the oil is barely bubbling. Doughnuts cook fast--maybe a minute a side, so don’t walk away. Remove each fully cooked doughnut to a rack to cool. Cook all the “first rolls” first, because the second rolls will need a bit extra time to rise. Allow to cool completely.

6.     Dip each doughnut into the glaze and then flip so the glaze completely covers the doughnut. Stick a wooden skewer or chopstick into the hole in the doughnut and hold up over the bowl of glaze to drain well. You want all but the thinnest layer of glaze to remain. Allow doughnuts to sit at room temperature until the glaze has set. Carefully turn the doughnuts over to allow any drips on the bottoms of the doughnuts to set up as well. 

7.    These are best served as soon as the glaze has set up. Serve them at room temperature or barely heat them in the microwave. Wrap any leftovers and leave at room temperature. Heat to serve the next day. 

8.    For the Glaze: In a microwave-safe medium bowl, heat the oil and butter on power level 2-3 until the butter has mostly melted. Add the confectioners' sugar and whisk to combine as evenly as possible. Add 2 1/2 ounces of hot water (1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon) and whisk well. The glaze should be pretty thin but not watery. If you think it’s a bit thick, add more water, a teaspoon or so at a time, until you like the texture. You will most likely have a lot of leftover glaze, but you need this much to be able to dip and flip them. After glazing all the doughnuts, you can use the leftover glaze for another purpose or just discard it. "

Save money and make easy classic donuts at home

"Is it donuts or doughnuts? Either way, we're making both homemade yeasted and sour cream old fashioned donuts."

About the video:

"Eating these freshly fried and still a little warm is an unbeatable experience. Better than your local donut shop.

Ingredients you'll need:
Traditional Yeasted Donuts
1 cup (237) milk
2.5 teaspoons (7g) instant yeast
2 eggs
1/2 cup (113g) butter, melted cooled
3tbsp (40g) granulated sugar
1tbsp (16g) light brown
1.5 teaspoon (6g) fine sea salt
4 cups (560g) all purpose flour
High heat neutral oil for frying (about 2-3 quarts

Chocolate glaze: 
1 1/3 cup (175g) pow sug
3 heaping tbsp  (26g) cocoa pow
1/2 teaspoon salt
2tbsp water

Old Fashioned Sour cream Donuts:
2.5 cups (350g) cake flour
2 teaspoons (10g) baking powder
2 teaspoons salt (8g)
1/2 cup (105g) sugar
2 tablespoons (28g)  room temp butter
3/4 cup (175g) sour cream
2 -3egg yolks

2.5 cups (360g) powdered sugar 
1/4 cup (60ml) Milk
1/2 vanilla bean pod"

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Stay on budget: Make no-knead donuts at home!

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