Make Homemade Donuts

Edited by Maria Arieanza Santos Tan, Lynn, Eng

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Want a yummy fix of some do-it-yourself sweets? Well, if there's one sugary treat everybody loves, it's donuts! Here's how you can make them at home, how you want them and when you want them.


  1. 1
    For the Donuts
    1. 1 1/2 tbsp. of baker's yeast (active)
    2. 1 cup of sugar
    3. 4 cups of flour
    4. 2 eggs
    5. 6 tbsp. melted butter
    6. Vegetable or canola Oil
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  2. 2
    For the Powdered Sugar
    1. 1 cup of sugar
    2. 2 tbsp. cornstarch
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  1. 1
    Make the Donuts
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    1. In a cup of warm water, let the yeast dissolve and just leave it sitting there for about five minutes. If it foams even a little bit, that means it is active and that's okay, so relax.
    2. Mix the sugar, eggs and butter into 3 cups of flour and beat. Add in the remaining 1 cup of flour, putting in 1/4 cup of it at a time just until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
    3. Next, cover it up with a clean towel or some plastic wrap and leave in a warm, dry place until the dough rises and bulks up. Check in about one and a half hours. You can also try chilling the dough overnight.
    4. Pound the surface of the dough with your hands and put it on a surface sprinkled with a little bit more flour - just so it won't stick and get ruined.
    5. Roll the dough to about a half-inch thick and use the mouth of a drinking glass to cut off a circle. Use a smaller glass for the hole in the middle. (Any circular cutter will work, as well.) Do this repeatedly on other half-inch dough parts until the desired number of donuts is reached.
    6. Cover up all the "future" donuts with the same material you used to cover up the dough earlier, and let it rise for about one and a half hours or until it looks all plump and soft. On the other hand, you can put these on individual floured baking sheets, cover and chill overnight.
    7. Heat up some oil - about 2 or more inches - in a large sized pot to 350-375 degrees. Meanwhile, set a baking pan near the stove and put a cooling rack over it for later.
    8. Put in three to four donuts and they should make hissing sounds right after they hit the oil. Do this gently to avoid splattering hot oil all over and making a mess - or worse, burning yourself.
    9. Cook until one side is a golden brown color. Use tongs to flip the donuts over and cook the other side until it is golden brown as well.
    10. Transfer the donuts into the cooling rack you prepared a while ago and let it drain and cool down for a few minutes.
    11. Dip them into some powdered sugar for that delightful, heavenly taste!
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  2. 2
    Top them off with powdered sugar
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    1. Measure out and mix in the sugar and cornstarch for your confectioner's sugar.
    2. Pour this into a blender or processor. Before turning the machine on, make sure to cover it up with a kitchen towel to avoid letting sugar particles fly off in every possible direction.
    3. Blend for about a minute, or just until the texture turns smooth and powdery.
    4. Store in an airtight container if not meant for immediate use.
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  • Make sure to have prepared all the required ingredients and equipment before starting a donut-making session.
  • You can change the amounts of some ingredients for your own satisfaction.
  • Also, it is possible to add in some other ingredients like cinnamon, chocolate drizzle and other things you might like.


  • Sugar is grainy and can scratch your blender/processor so don't just mess around with it.
  • Do not drop the donuts into the oil. Place them in gently with tongs.

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Categories : Desserts

Recent edits by: Lynn, Maria Arieanza Santos Tan

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