Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Homemade Doughnuts

Happy new year to all.

Last week when it snowed I decided
to make homemade doughnuts.
I called my mother for her recipe and
took the plunge of making them alone.
Thank goodness my dear friend, Karana, stopped by 
on her way home from work to help me fry and glaze them.

 Let raise twice. Roll and cut out. Let raise again and fry.

 Fry, glaze and eat.

Homemade Doughnuts

5 cups water
5 Tbsp. dry yeast
1 Tbsp. sugar

 1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening (I used half butter, half Crisco)
5 eggs, beaten
4 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. nutmeg (cut back if you aren't a nutmeg fan)
15 cups of flour

2 lbs. powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Dissolve yeast and sugar in 1 cup of warm water. Set aside.

In a very large bowl: cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs,
salt, vanilla, and nutmeg. Mix until combined then add yeast mixture.
Add flour alternately with remaining 4 cups of water.
I used my small hand mixer for the first few cups of flour- 
then I used a wooden spoon to mix the rest of the flour in.
Cover and let raise double, punch down. Let raise double again.

Mix together glaze ingredients. Set aside.

Half dough and roll out to 1/2 in. thick. Cut circles and lay on a lightly
floured surface. Stretch doughnut centers out as you lay them down.
Let raise double again. Heat lard, canola oil or Crisco to 375 degrees.

It's important to maintain that temperature as at this temperature 
the oil seals the outside of the doughnut so it doesn't soak in. If the 
oil is too hot the doughnut will get too brown and crisp on the outside 
before the inside has time to be cooked through. If the oil is not 
hot enough, the doughnut will absorb too much of the oil and 
the texture will be soggy and greasy.  

Fry until golden brown. Lay on paper towels for a minute or so.
 Place doughnuts in rows on a wooden stick or wooden spoon handle. 
Lay across glaze bowl and pour glaze over doughnuts with a ladle. 
Let drip for a minute and place on trays. Eat as many
as you can fresh because they are the best!
Freeze for another snowy day.



  1. Thank you for this recipe :-) My sons will love them. I´ll try them out tomorrow.
    Greetings from Germany, Sabine

  2. Yumm! I think to do this around Faschnat Day.

    And yes. Either baking big like this or sewing always comes about on a snowy day. ;) Must be the Mennonite in me. ;)

    I have several wooden dowels from my mom who has collected them over the years from all the linen wall calenders she would get year after year from her mom.

    special memories...

  3. my only question is, why was i not around to steal one!

  4. Thank you for this recipe! I made a whole lot of awful doughnuts before I found this recipe. They turned out excellent, so excellent that I made a youtube video about them and provided a link to your blog. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. I can't wait to make these doughnuts thanks to imstillworkin's youtube video. If she says they are the BEST then they are! Gave my doughnut cutter away so I have to go shopping!
      Thanks Hope
      Thanks imstillworkin

      Aunt Duddie

    2. Hi My name is Carolyn (Kent) Kelsheimer,
      I watched imstillworkin 's video on how to make Hope's doughnuts. Can't wait to try them. BUT I do have a question... HOW many doughnuts do you get from this huge recipe??? WOW 15 cups of flour !! *LOL* I am guessing maybe 5 dozen or so??? Thanks again to both you ladies..
      Carolyn Kelsheimer, Clinton, Indiana

  5. This looks great, do you have a smaller recipe, this is very large for just me and my husband?

    1. Kelly, I am sorry to say that I do not. You could half the recipe and freeze the remaining doughnuts. They freeze well are nice to pull out the of the freezer later.

    2. Hello,
      I was just wondering when and how should I freeze them. Do I freeze them after they rose and are cut in doughnut form, or before letting them rise?

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  6. Thank you will be cooking donuts tomorrow

  7. Thank you for this recipe!Greetings from Hassan ,Stockholm

  8. Excited to try this recipe. What yeast do you use?

  9. Katsityay^thos OneidaJuly 20, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    I can wait to try this recipe. thank you so much

  10. How long does the dough raise? It needs to raise twice, but about how long for each time? Thanks!

  11. I liked it too, exactly like Krispy Kreme.
    رائع .

  12. this is by hand right?. how long i raise them for? do we use shortening to fry them. How much they make for 15 cups of flour.

  13. Here is a smaller batch its 1/4 of the original recipe.
    1 1/4 cups water
    1 1/4 tbsp. dry yeast
    1 tsp. sugar

    1/3 cup sugar
    1/4 cup shortening
    1 egg, beaten
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    1/4 tsp. nutmeg
    3 1/4 cups all purpose flour

    2 cups powdered sugar
    1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
    1/4 cup milk
    1/2 tsp. vanilla

  14. Here is the video to the smaller batch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itdza8kY0zY hope it help all of you :-)

    1. Tried to find the smaller batch video, but only saw the others of imstillworking, do have your own video or site?

  15. I've never made donuts before so some questions...
    1. What do you mean when you say punch down the dough?
    2. How long does it take the dough to be ready?
    3. What was that pan you fried the donuts in and how long do you fry on each side?
    4. How soon after removing the donuts from the fryer do you dip them in the glaze?
    And Finally...
    5. How do you let the donuts cool?

    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itdza8kY0zY&feature=share
      (This is a link that another individual that used Hope's recipe and details out how she makes this recipe step-by-step with many wonderful tips that answer all of your questions)

  16. Can you use the yeast raised dougnut mix for these??

  17. thanks for smaller recipe. i was like wow 15 cups of flour.i would only make that many if i was having a party of 50 peeps

  18. thats totally rad dude thanks for posting this recipe.

  19. has anyone made the original recipe and is able to tell those of us wondering how many donuts this recipe actually yields?

  20. I think this recipe makes about 12 dozen at least.

  21. Super Recipe, I tried the recipe after watching a video on Youtube. Thanks so much for sharing your Mom's recipe.

  22. This recipe made THE BEST substitute dough for CINNAMON ROLLS! I used this other recipe for prep instructions and for the recipe for the icing only part. SUPERB! http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/24556/cinnamon-rolls-iii

  23. This looks sooooo good but I'm out of shortening , I'm gonna have buy some to make them tomorrow.

  24. Hi Hope, thank you for sharing this scrumptious donuts. Just made it today and it turned out so goooood!!! God Bless You....

  25. soooooooooo delicious <3

  26. love cooking and donuts as well, I even play cooking games at http://papasgames.us/ but in real life my cooking sucks real bad :S

  27. Hi hope what type of flour do you use to make donut

  28. Hi .. Since I really dont like nutmeg, can that be omitted ? or.. is it used in commercial donuts but just cant be tasted after frying them ? I can taste nutmeg a mile away sort of thing. But, like Chinese Sweet and Sour Chicken has a ton of garlic powder in and after fried cant taste it as be garlic powder but would be missing something without it. But then I havent disliked Garlic Powder since I was a child like Nutmeg.... Oh, and Thanks for the recipe !

  29. hello how much yeast ? tablespoon or teaspoon ?

  30. I am trying to find the BEST doughnut recipe .. I made these doughnuts and they were good for about an hour and then they became tough and chewy .. Can you tell me what I am doing wrong? Thanks eslickntn@aol.com

  31. Can you bake these instead of fry?

  32. Hope can you bake them instead of frying them?

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  34. I have tryed around 5 dounut recipes but this is my all time favourite!! Just like the store bought ones

  35. I had so much fun making these donuts New Year's Day. And they were so so good!

  36. I had so much fun making these donuts New Year's Day. And they were so so good!

  37. There is nothing like eating a fresh doughnuts. They are just a great comfort food, and are great for a party. These glazed doughnuts look delicious, and the steps are really easy to follow.

  38. emm, what do you think 'bout nut for the topping?

  39. Please please someone help me!...

    I have tried multiple recipes and will attempt this one tonight..

    My issue is that every time I fry the doughnuts, they turn out too thick and heavy (inedible). They should be light and fluffy! What am I doing wrong? Yes I use active dry yeast and the dough does rise double it's size.

    Second thing is how do you get the white rings to appear around the side of the dough after the dough has been fried? I fry them at 190 degrees (c)

    Lastly, when activate the dry yeast, it doesn't really go "foamy." The yeast balls just puff out, and yet the dough still rises. Is this okay?

    I would REALLY appreciate your help!! You're welcome to reply via this message or even via email ( cezza57@hotmail.com )

    Thanks heaps!

    Carey :)

    1. I'm having the same problems

    2. Your yeast sound like it is old. Wnen following this recipe my yeast foams and more than triples. The little ring is actually a function of how high you let you doughnut rings rise. Don't be to worried about them rising to high. All of your complaints are because of under rising. I use SAF yeast, It is an instant dry yeast that I store in the freezer. It come in 1 lb packages. Good Luck!

  40. I've never tried making my own douhnuts before, sounds like fun. Thanks for sharing.


  41. Can you explain how to to do oil! I don't have a fancy fryer likes yours? So we use shortening and let it melt to fry them? How much shortening?

  42. I follow this recipe to a T and my donuts are really yeasty/bitter when I was frying them they sink down to the bottom of the oil not floating in the oil and had a white rim. Being lactose intolerance I was hoping for a delicious dessert.

  43. This recipe looks FABULOUS!!! If I wanted to doughnuts that are higher (not larger in diameter, but taller), would I let them sit longer, prior to frying them?

  44. this recipe looks so mouth watering. I am going to try this.

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