Hot, Fresh Glazed Doughnuts


I like ’em with chocolate glaze and nuts on top. You?

If you know how to make bread, you know how to make doughnuts. (If you don’t know how to make bread, it’s easy! I can have a nine-year-old show you how here.)

I love doughnuts. Unfortunately, it’s not like we can run out to a Krispie Kreme shop around here, but making them is even better! And how can you resist? We’re talking about doughnuts!!!!

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How to make Hot, Fresh Glazed Doughnuts:

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons (or two packages) yeast
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs

Combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour with the yeast in a large bowl. In a small pan, heat milk, sugar, butter, and salt on low. When the butter is almost melted, turn off the heat and stir for a few minutes while the butter finishes melting. (I like to turn the heat off completely at this point to keep the mixture from getting too warm. I don’t want to risk killing my yeast.)

Pour warm milk/butter mixture into the bowl with the flour and yeast.
Go out to the chicken house and get two eggs.
Thank you for doing that for me. I apologize for any maiming you may incur in the act of this favor.

Add eggs. Using an electric mixer, mix on low for 30 seconds then on high for 3 minutes. For those of you who keep up with my trials and tribulations such as the recent loss of my mixer, no, I didn’t find it. This is another mixer.
Did I ever mention the time I lost my car key? I got out my spare key, then I lost my spare key a few days later. It’s really hard to be me sometimes. On the verge of spending a ridiculous amount of money to get a new key from Ford (how impossible do they have to make it to get replacement car keys these days?) I found my original key. I still haven’t found the spare key. It’s with the mixer, I’m pretty sure. They fell in love and ran away together.

Back to doughnuts…. Stir in the next cup and a half of flour with a spoon as much as possible, then begin kneading. Add a little more flour if necessary to make a soft but not sticky dough. Let rise in a covered, greased bowl for about an hour.

All is right with the world when you have a nice, yeasty ball of dough in your kitchen.
Punch dough down and turn out onto a floured surface. Roll out to a half-inch thickness. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter, or if you’re like me and you don’t have one, just use anything that works! I don’t need no stinkin’ doughnut cutter.

I use a large round cookie cutter and the small end of a large funnel.
Reroll dough as needed to cut out all your doughnuts. How many you get will vary by how you rolled your dough and the size of your cutter, but I get 10 to 12, with a little bit of dough leftover. I make “doughnut” holes out of them. No wasting doughnut dough!
Cover and let rise till nice and light, about another hour.
Fry in hot oil one to two minutes per side. I put my gas cooktop on 5, which is medium. (If your oil is too hot, your doughnuts will brown too quickly on the outside and not be done inside–be sure your oil temperature will allow you to fry one full minute per side. Oil temperature should around 365-degrees.)
Now you’re in fresh doughnut heaven! Drain and cool, then glaze!
If you like to make them with a powdered sugar glaze on one side and chocolate glaze on the other, the quantities in these glaze recipes works. If you want all powdered sugar glaze, or all chocolate glaze, then double the glaze recipe you prefer.

How to make Powdered Sugar Glaze:

3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
3 tablespoons hot water

In a small saucepan, melt butter. Remove from heat and transfer to a medium-size bowl. Add sifted powdered sugar and hot water; stir well. If necessary, add additional hot water to bring glaze to drizzling consistency.
You can also use Fruit Jam Cake Glaze to give a fruity flavor of your choosing to your doughnuts.

And then there’s the chocolate!

How to make Chocolate Glaze:

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
3 tablespoons hot water

In a small saucepan, melt chocolate and butter; stirring to blend. Remove from heat and transfer to a medium-size bowl. Add sifted powdered sugar and hot water; stir well. If necessary, add additional hot water to bring glaze to drizzling consistency.

Spread Powdered Sugar Glaze on one side of the doughnuts.

Using tongs, dip the other side into the Chocolate Glaze.
Place on waxed paper. Glaze will set in a few minutes. Add chopped nuts or candy sprinkles if you like!
She likes candy sprinkles…..
….and lots of ’em!

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on April 5, 2009  

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  1. 4-5

    How cool first commenter this morning. And thanks Suzanne now I am starving. Those look excellent right now.

  2. 4-5

    Yummy! you are so bad…so very bad….especially if i make them and eat them. exactly how far would i have to walk to burn off those?…
    so bad! :snoopy:

  3. 4-5

    :hungry: Perfect Sunday morning treat!!! and better than any Krispie Kreme!! You know you can make bismarks this way, too… after cooling, poke a hole with something pointy, then fill with jam (OMG, caramel apple jam!!) in a pastry bag or of course the plastic bag with corner cut off !! Now I am just hungry! :hungry:

  4. 4-5

    These look fantastic! We suffer the same cravings, and like you, when you’re out in the boonies, you can’t hop down to the corner doughnut shop. Imagine glazed bars filled with homemade raspberry filling…

  5. 4-5

    Wow! Those look great! That almost makes me want to make some! Almost! Not going to happen, though. Too many other things to get done today. Hubby might make them, however…hmmmm.

    He does a lot of the cooking and baking around here, what little that gets done, that is. Witout small kids at home, we don’t have a reason to cook much anymore and I don’t eat wheat, so that really cuts it down.

    Grown son has a room here and eats here some so we do cook and bake some for the guys – not for me. I make mostly rice Kirspie squares for myself with variations. Hubby loves pies and makes marvelous pastry. The next time he’s in a cooking mood, I’m going to show him this donut page.

  6. 4-5

    Pop Tarts and Cinnamon Rolls and Doughnuts, OH MY!

    I might have to buy bigger pants just for looking at these delicious photos.

  7. 4-5

    All I can see is, “Oh, yummmmmmmmmmmmmmy!”

  8. 4-5

    Say! I mean “all I can SAY is…” Geesh. I should be a writer.

  9. 4-5

    Oh My Gosh – these look delicious! Is there anything you can’t bake? This recipe will be attempted by me but I don’t expect them to look like yours.

  10. 4-5

    Oh my yummy. Now I am thinking I will have to get some goats, chickens, sheep, another and another dog in order to work off all the goodies you temp me with. That is the only way to work it all off. I might have to settle with walking my dog and getting to work on my veggie and flower gardens. lol. Oh my donuts too. What can be next from your wonderful kitchen.

  11. 4-5

    this looks awesome-I’ve been itching for a doughnut recipe! The favorite around here is cream filled-not the pudding like cream but the white fluffy cream. Anyone know a good recipe for that?

  12. 4-5

    When I make these I doubt there will be any tongs used for the dipping… :devil:

  13. 4-5

    I have a sick kid – so no church today – making donuts are a perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday morning! Mine are rising right now!!
    Thank you!!! :airkiss:

  14. 4-5

    :pirate: :snoopy: :smilerabbit: To Hell with Lent: These look fantastic!

  15. 4-5

    Someone told me a trick for putting mean rooster in line. Nail him with a Super Soaker gun every time he goes after you. If you try it let me know if it works.

    Donuts, I’ll enjoy them visually. They would put me in a diabetic coma. Yours look wonderful though.

  16. 4-5

    I almost licked my monitor this morning! I have to learn not to check your blog on an empty stomach.

    Thanks for the recipe.

  17. 4-5

    Thanks for the memories. As a little girl I use to help my Mom make donuts on lazy Sunday afternoons. I remember using a shot glass to cut out the donuts hole. With left over dough we would make yummy cinnamon buns.

  18. 4-5

    :shimmy: I’ve been looking for a good donut recipe… I will try this today if my back will allow it. Love your blog and all your stories… loved the NPR interview as well!

    Suzanne @ :wave:

  19. 4-5

    Your blog is going to kill me. My grandmother used to make what she called “fried cakes” – plain donuts cooked in a little deep fryer. But yours! Just the picture makes me swoon. And I was over at my daughter’s blog ( first, of course, and she woke up to SNOW – another craving of mine. Between the 2 of you I’m so full of envy this morning it’s criminal.

    Can you at least send Annabelle to play with Emma and me? I promise not to give her any wine.

  20. 4-5

    Anabelle is so cute!!! The doughnut pictures are just cruel!!! lol
    Wow! Is there anything you can’t bake. I feel inadequate! :hungry:

  21. 4-5

    I haven’t tried making doughnuts before but have you experimented with adding chopped apples and cinnamon to the dough first? Basically making them apple fritters I guess.

  22. 4-5

    Mine are rising right now. I had to add whole wheat flour to them since I was almost out of all-purpose. We’ll see what that does to the texture.

    I think a cinnamon sugar glaze is in order for these!

  23. 4-5

    I agree…. this is definately cruel and unusual punishment….
    and Maryann’s idea about cinnamon & apples to make fritters… I’m definately in trouble now…..

  24. 4-5

    You do realize you’ve ruined your children for life – they boy’s wives will NEVER live up to your kind of cooking and Pricess better start learning all these wonderful foods lol.

  25. 4-5

    I haven’t tried that, but it sounds delicious!

  26. 4-5

    Wow I’ve always wanted to know how to make donuts! And the rooster photo was a nice special added touch! I’ve added you to today’s KnitLuck links! :)

  27. 4-5

    OMG, those look heavenly. :hungry: How could you?!??! Now I’m going to be dreaming of them all day! I’m so going to have to try these.

  28. 4-5

    The doughnuts look wonderful. In the course of my life, I suspect I’ve eaten a trifle too much (read WAY too much), so I think I’ll settle for just looking at the doughnuts and thinking deep thoughts about chocolate.

  29. 4-5

    They look absolutely sinful!!

  30. 4-5

    OH Wow, Those doughnuts look sooooooooo yummy!!

    I will give it a try and see how nice I can make them
    look. They will be soooooooooo good!!

  31. 4-5

    Okay, so I’m sitting here on a Sunday afternoon, being good, with no cravings…I think my thighs just exploded 2 inches by looking at those donuts…Excuse while I go bake up some yummy goodness!

  32. 4-5

    Darn! :eating: Now I’m craving fresh donuts … and I’m supposed to be doing laundry and vacuuming the carpets. :no: Thanks for the recipe!

  33. 4-5

    Oh they look delish!! Thanks for sharing! (off to check my pantry….) Guess what I’m doing this afternoon!

  34. 4-5

    These are absolutely making my mouth water. I rarely allow myself a donut. Can’t even remember the last one. Yet daily I will eat candy! I remember gathering the eggs when I was a girl. You do get pecked!

  35. 4-5

    I have to try these! They look yummy.

    P.S. I think you have a poltergeist that likes to bake and drive.

  36. 4-5

    YUMMY! :happyflower:

  37. 4-6

    oh, for the love of god, suzanne…’s a good thing i can’t bake. and you lost a mixer? how do you lose a mixer?

  38. 4-6

    You are a good mother.

  39. 4-6

    If you were making me doughnuts,I would gladly go to the hen house for eggs…I’d be wearing thigh-high boots at the time!

  40. 4-7

    It’s like you read my mind….my four year old an I have been making Grandmother’s bread now for about 3-4 weeks and I have made the cinnamon rolls several times, but the other day she wanted a donut. I thought that you must have a recipe for this too. In the meantime, I spread Nutella on top of a cinnamon roll and shook on sprinkles. She wasn’t amused. She’ll be so thrilled to make her own donuts tomorrow morning!

  41. 4-8

    OMG! Those look wonderful! I definitely need to try this recipe! I’ve always wanted to make home-made doughnuts. There’s no reason not to, with your wonderful recipe. :snuggle:

  42. 4-8

    This looks sooo good, and we don’t have a Krispy Kreme around here. I’ll have to try it this weekend. My oldest boy loves donuts, but only the cake or cake/glazed kind like this. Thanks!

  43. 4-9

    thank you for the doughnuts. i went home and made them. i have to watch myself on oil and so i baked them instead and oh how yummy they were.

  44. 4-9

    Ohhhh YUM. I live by Krispy Creme and yours look BETTER – thiers are so sugary, that I eat them for dessert. I would choose the chocolate glazed with TOASTED pecans on top…I like my nuts toasted. LOL But, I love sprinkles or anything…even just powdered sugar like Beignets in N.O.’s would be good. OR, you could inject them with custard or that white cream…I mean the world is endless with donut creations, right? YUM

  45. 4-9

    OR is that “the sky is the limit with donut creations”. LOL

  46. 5-3

    My blood sugar is going up just reading this but it is all worth it.

    I already have so many of your recipes “saved” on Bloglines or bookmarked. This will join the others.

    I do hope you find your mixer. If mine ran away, it could easily be found in the house but I wonder if it has ever seen the garage? Now, there one could hide and never be found.

  47. 9-26

    OH MY GOODNESS! My daughter is having a cow…my husband is begging me to make these now! You are causing problems in my family! :) Seriously can’t wait to try these out…maybe tomorrow! yippee! I love your blog!

  48. 12-12

    My husband loves to make bread and cinnamon rolls, but we wanted donuts. He started making them with receipe above and you forgot to tell when to put the eggs in. He has made enough bread and pizza dough, even to know when to put in the eggs. However others might not know when to add eggs. You might just need to add that part. lol. They look great. Can’t wait till they are done.

  49. 12-12

    Thanks! I’ll fix it!

  50. 1-8

    are these a cakey donut or lighter and airy? ( my husband wants to know lol)

  51. 1-9

    Kelly, these are light, yeasty doughnuts. For cake doughnuts, I have a sweet-milk doughnut recipe. Look in the archives under all breads.

  52. 1-9

    Oh my gosh, these look soooo good! I am going to try them and add mapleine to the frosting. Thanks for posting!

  53. 1-15

    Damn you Suzanne! Can I say damn on this blog? Seriously though – those donut pics are killing me. Must. Have. Donut. Now.

  54. 1-22

    Dang, now I’m hungry for donuts! Can I give you a shipping address for some overnight treats? Please?’

    Nice forum setup. I came here through SimplePress.

  55. 6-4

    I just read this because I have been wanting to make doughnut again. I made some years ago. I would like to know if you can make the dough ahead of time and freeze them? Also, could you do the same with cinnamon rolls? I would like to have some of this type of thing on hand when we have overnight guests.


  56. 6-4

    mamajhk, yes, you can make ahead, refrigerate or freeze!

  57. 6-4

    Thank you I can’t wait.

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