Homemade Donuts – Just a piece of cake!

This Quick and Easy Doughnuts Recipe does not need much of the physical work associated with traditional doughnuts. However, they still taste great and maintain that quality fresh doughnut experience! There are two major kinds of donuts, those that are leavened, or raised with yeast, and those that are leavened with baking powder or baking soda. I have provided the easier version here. 

At times, fresh homemade Donuts make a great breakfast and it could soon tell by the aromas spreading through the house (while making them) that the morning is going to be special…. 

The below method is similar to a classic cake recipe but with a slightly thicker dough. I add an extra egg yolk for a little more richness. Leavened with baking powder and a little baking soda, these doughnuts don’t need time to rise. Simply roll them out and cut them up. Use a doughnut cutter, or go with a couple of biscuit cutters or empty cans. Then fry. 

The crisp, brittle crust of each golden-brown doughnut would give way to a warm and tender interior, delicately flavored and comfortingly fragrant. 



  • Flour    –    2 cups
  • Sugar    –    1/2 cup
  • Salt    –    1 teaspoon
  • Baking powder    –    1 tablespoon
  • Cinnamon    –    1/4 teaspoon
  • Nutmeg    –    1/8 teaspoon
  • Melted butter    –    2 tablespoons
  • Milk    –    1/2 cup
  • Egg-beaten    –    1
  • Oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar mixture     –    Optional


Either flour clean kitchen counter or bread board for kneading doughnuts. Prepare a shallow bowl or plate with an inch of flour.
Sift flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix in butter until crumbly. Stir in milk and egg. With floured hands, lightly knead the smooth dough. Turn onto area prepared with flour. Pat dough into 1/4 inch thickness. 

Cut donut shapes from rolled dough


Dip either doughnut cutter or two biscuit cutters (one 1-inch and one 3 or 4-inch) in flour. Use to cut-out doughnuts. If you dont have cookie cutter, use a glass or a sauce lid in two sizes. 

Ready to be fried


Carefully drop doughnuts into hot oil, only a few at a time. Fry, turning once, for about 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on prepared paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or cinnamon-sugar mixture or dip in chocolate glaze and top with sprinkles. You may decorate or alter your final donuts either with vanilla glaze, chocolate glaze, sprinkles, nuts as per your taste buds needs. 


Chocolate Glaze 


In a bowl mix:
1 cup of powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons of Hershey Cocoa
3 Tablespoons of  milk.
Put a slightly warm donuts face down in the chocolate glaze, turn slightly and remove. Perfect! 

Now, just savor every bite of the donuts, licking the rich chocolate glaze from your fingers…hmmm…yummy right??

Donut recipe using Yeast


  •  1/2 cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Condensed Milk
  • 2 tsp Dry Yeast
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • Warm water as required
  • 250 gms Flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp Butter, melted
  • a pinch of Salt
  • Oil to deep fry
  • Powdered sugar – to coat
  • Cinnamon powder – to coat
  • Melted chocoloate –  to coat (optional)

1. Put the milk in a pan, stir in the condensed milk and warm gently.
2.. Mix the yeast with the sugar and warm water to make a paste, cover for 20 minutes or until it begins to froth.
3. Mix the prepared yeast with two tbsp of the flour and enough warm milk to make a soft dough, allow the flour to ferment for 1 hour.
4. Put the remaining flour in a bowl, add the egg, butter, salt and the remaining milk and mix.
5. Add the fermented flour to the dough, knead well, then cover the dough with a piece of polythene and allow it to rise for 30 minutes.
6. Roll the dough out to a thickness of 1/4″ and cut it into rings with a doughnut cutter.
7. Heat the oil in a wok, deep fry the doughnuts, drain and roll them in powdered sugar and cinnamon or dip in melted chocolate.

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