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How To Make Donuts

Updated on January 15, 2014

Not just good donuts but great donuts!

10 billion doughnuts and counting: Every year in the United States more than 10 billion donuts are consumed. I might look like it, but I had help eating all those donuts.

A donut is a simple process and yet is a fascinating design. For instance - Why the hole in a donut?

Learn where the donut began - why there is a hole in a donut - and of course how to make a great donut.

This and more is presented here for your viewing enjoyment of the lowly Donut:

Donuts the Beginning

The Donut and its Origins

Donuts have a disputed history.

One theory suggests that donuts were introduced into North America by Dutch settlers, who were responsible for popularizing other American desserts, including...

  • cookies
  • cream pie
  • cobbler

This theory is bolstered by the fact that in the mid-19th Century donuts were called by the Dutch olykoeks ("oily cakes").

There is also archaeological evidence that the pastries were prepared by prehistoric Native Americans in southwestern USA.

Emma Bunton quote

“Be sweet and honest always, but for God's sake don't eat my doughnuts!”

Donuts and Jump Ropes

I love donuts! I like glazed donuts, apple sauce donuts, donut holes and maple bars. You probably get the idea by now - I love donuts!

As a small boy I lived with my Grandparents and my Grandmother made donuts probably once a month. She would make cake donuts and raised donuts and I would put them in a bag with sugar and shake it up to coat those beautiful donuts with sugar.

My Grandmother would also make Maple Bars and wrap them in tin foil to freeze. Often in the morning I would open those packets of tin foil and place the package in the oven and have a wonderful hot maple bar.

Looking back on these great experiences today, a person might wonder how I never got fat. I mean after all, I drank cokes, ate candy and oh yes those wonderful donuts. I am sure that more than a few people would say I just had a great metabolism, but I know different.

I did not have Television and Nintendo - I had a jump rope!

Do you know that a jump rope will burn 3 times as many calories in 30 minutes compared to a tread mill?

Donuts and Jump Ropes go together. Taking a more in depth look at this, the answer is really simple - Activity. I walk past a donut today and I gain weight and its because I do not have a jump rope. In other words I am not as active as I was when I was young.

Perhaps in the United States of America obesity in young people is not caused by Donuts - It may be caused by a lack of activity. Next time your kids or you want a donut, go ahead and enjoy it - Just go get the jump rope!

Homemade Donuts Are Easy

It is not hard to make home made donuts. A deep fryer is the only real equipment you need. Actually if you have a wok or dutch oven and a thermometer you can use that for making donuts.

Technically there are on two types of donuts with variation.

There is yeast raised donut and there is the baking soda raised donut.

Either type is delicious

Simple Guide For Great Donuts

There are tips and tricks to making a great donut, just like any type of cooking. Not all Apple Pies are equal and not all donuts are equal.

**Your oil must be at the correct temperature and that is usually close to 375 degrees.

**Do not put too many donuts in your fryer at one time. For large deep fryers this will only be about 4 at one time. Donuts don't like crowds.

**Do not over fry your donuts. You want to turn them when they rise to the top of the oil and are golden brown on the under side.

**Refrigerate you dough so that it remains workable and use the dough as soft as possible.

**Always - Always use clean oil and do not use oil you cooked fish in.

Drain your fresh donuts over the fryer for a couple minutes and then place them on absorbent paper

When you use the cutter - use a nice straight up and down motion. Do not twist the cutter even though it might seem a good way to cut. It will mess up your donut.

Dealing Calories And Storage Of Donuts

Great Inexpensive Snack

Ok, I know we are in an age when everyone is calorie conscious. I know the trainers on "Biggest Loser" will cry their eyes out when they see this lens. So What?

Donuts are great snacks and you can store them in the freezer for serving later. Place your plain donuts on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer for awhile. You can then transfer them into freezer storage bags for later consumption. Heat your oven to 400 degrees and plop you donuts into the over to heat. This should take 8 to 12 minutes.

For the calorie conscious: There are about 300 calories in an old fashioned cake donut. So eat your donut and then jump rope for 20 minutes you will burn around 360 calories giving you a 60 calorie deficit.

Remembering The Helms Bakery Trucks

I lived the early years of my life in my Grandmother kitchen and I loved it. Like a lot of families during the early 1950's my parents decided to move to California, the land of opportunity.

There was this housing development going in named La Mirada. When we moved in the street was not paved yet. There was only a dozen homes with people living in them and a hundred more in the process of being built.

I was broken hearted at best. I was in a strange land and did not know anyone and my parents worked all day - I missed my Grandmother and the wonderful smells that were always in the kitchen, I especially missed her donuts.

Outside the house around 8 am I heard this odd honking sound and went out. There was this panel truck coming down the road and written on the side was "Helms Bakery." I had a note from my parents to stop this vehicle and to get a loaf of bread. Well to my wonderful surprise this truck had drawers in the back and in those drawers were - You got it - Donuts!

Lots and lots of donuts including Maple Bars. I learned to survive and life came together for me that day and no it was not all about that beautiful "Helms Bakery Truck". Right behind that Helms truck came the milk truck and I could get chocolate milk or orange juice to help was down those Helms Donuts.

I often wonder how different my younger years would have been and how well I would have adjusted to moving to that strange land - If not for the "Helms Bakery Truck!

Donut Recipes

Friends Chandler quote

"Bagels and doughnuts round food for every mood"

Donuts Rule The World

See whats available about donuts for those of us that love donuts!

Awsome Jelly Filled Donuts


1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

1/3 cup water

1 egg, beaten

3 tablespoons margarine, melted

3/4 cup white sugar

4 1/2 cups bread flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon active dry yeast

3/4 cup any flavor fruit jam

2 quarts vegetable oil for frying


1 In a bread machine pan add the milk, water, beaten egg, melted butter, sugar, bread flour, salt, nutmeg, and yeast in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Set machine to the sweet dough cycle.

2 Once cycle is completed, turn dough out onto a floured board and let rest for ten minutes.

3 Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. With floured cookie cutter, cut into 2 1/2 inch rounds.

4 Place 1/2 teaspoon jam or jelly in center of half of the rounds. Moisten edges with cold water; top with the remaining rounds, pinch edges together firmly. Place sealed donuts on an greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled in a warm place, about 45 minutes.

5 Heat oil in deep fryer to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C). Fry one layer of donuts at a time. Turn donuts as they rise to the surface until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from oil, being careful not to poke donuts. Drain on paper towels.

Now kick back and enjoy your very own Jelly Filled Donuts - You deserve it!

Applesauce Donuts


2 quarts oil for deep frying

3/4 cup white sugar

2 tablespoons butter, softened

2 eggs

3/4 cup applesauce

4 cups sifted all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground mace

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup confectioners' sugar for dusting


1 Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

2 In a large bowl, beat together white sugar, butter, eggs and applesauce. In a separate bowl, stir together flour baking powder, salt, baking soda, mace and cinnamon. Stir flour mixture into the egg mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Mix until a stiff dough is formed.

3 Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 3/4 to 1 inch thick sheet. Make sure to roll the dough to an even thickness. Cut out donuts with a donut cutter.

4 Carefully slide donuts into hot oil. Turn donuts as soon as they rise to the surface. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels and dust with confectioners' sugar. Serve hot.

Crispy and Creamy donuts


2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)

1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk

1/2 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1/3 cup shortening

5 cups all-purpose flour

1 quart vegetable oil for frying

1/3 cup butter

2 cups confectioners' sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

4 tablespoons hot water or as needed


1 Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water, and let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.

2 In a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix for a few minutes at low speed, or stirring with a wooden spoon. Beat in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough into a greased bowl, and cover. Set in a warm place to rise until double. Dough is ready if you touch it, and the indention remains.

3 Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a floured donut cutter. Let donuts sit out to rise again until double. Cover loosely with a cloth.

4 Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in hot water one tablespoon at a time until the icing is somewhat thin, but not watery. Set aside.

5 Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Slide donuts into the hot oil using a wide spatula. Turn donuts over as they rise to the surface. Fry donuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from hot oil, to drain on a wire rack. Dip donuts into the glaze while still hot, and set onto wire racks to drain off excess. Keep a cookie sheet or tray under racks for easier clean up.

Baked Cider Donuts


1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup powdered milk

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt, divided

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 eggs, beaten

1 tablespoon honey

1 cup unsweetened apple juice concentrate, thawed

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease the donut pan with cooking spray.

2 In a large bowl, stir together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, powdered milk, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Make a well in the center and pour in the eggs, honey, apple juice concentrate and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Fill each depression in the prepared donut pan 2/3 full with batter.

3 Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Allow donuts to cool before removing from pan.

Great Cake Donuts


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup milk

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 quarts oil for deep frying

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup white sugar


1 In a large bowl, stir together the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and nutmeg. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg, butter, and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

2 Heat oil in a deep heavy skillet or deep-fryer to 370 degrees F (185 degrees C). On a floured board, roll chilled dough out to 1/2 inch thickness. Use a 3 inch round cutter to cut out donuts. Use a smaller cutter to cut holes from center. If you do not have a small cutter, use the mouth of a bottle.

3 Fry donuts in hot oil until golden brown, turning once. Remove from oil to drain on paper plates. Combine the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar in a large resealable bag. Place a few warm donuts into the bag at a time, seal and shake to coat.

Donut Equipment

Matt Groening quote

“Donuts. Is there anything they can't do?”

Equipment For Making Your Homemade Donuts

Donut Entertainment

Swedish Chef Making Donuts

You Love Donuts and perhaps you make donuts. I bet that you have never seen donuts made like this.

Donut Resources

John Belushi quote

“I owe it all to little chocolate donuts.”

The Squidoo Donut

Here are some of the best squidoo lenses dealing with the famous, tasty, delicious donut.

Best Donut Recipe Ever

according to Jordan in San Francisco

This is the best recipe EVER. A few tips: you can omit the vanilla bean, I've tried it with and without and the flavor difference was minuscule. If you don't use a vanilla bean, compensate by adding extra vanilla extract.

The dough is super, super sticky. This makes it pretty hard to work with. You can add a little extra flour (no more than 1 c.), but keep in mind that the dough is supposed to by sticky.

I slather my hands in butter before I work with the dough. One of the most decadent parts of the recipe is the glaze. Don't substitute milk if you can help it.


Check Out These Great Donut Websites.

Great Donut related websites! If you love donuts - if you want to learn more about donuts - If you want to make your own donuts. Don't miss these websites.

Donut Mix For The Carb Conscious

Makes 6 large Bakery Style Chocolate Donuts that are so delicious you would never believe they were low carb.

Just add butter and cream to get a quick and easy gourmet breakfast treat.

Bakes in less than 15 minutes. Chocolate, powdered or glaze toppings included. 2 net carbs each. Freezes wonderfully. Mix also makes great "donut holes" without a donut pan.

Nutrition Facts: Serving size 1 donut (19.5g), Servings per container 6, Calories 64, Calories from Fat 1, Total fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 355mg, Total Carbs 10g, Dietary Fiber 8g, Sugars 0g, Sugar Alcohols 0g, Protein 6g.

Dixie Carb Counters Bakery Style Powdered Donut Mix - 2 Net Carbs

Potato Donuts

This old-time potato donut recipe is taken from my mother-in-law's recipe collection. Apparently, her family purchased this recipe at an estate auction sometime in the 1930s, but it is believed to be much older.

My wife Vicki uses about 3 liters (3 quarts) of oil to fry them in. She finds that canola oil works just fine, but her mother insists that using pure lard gives them a better taste -- a nostalgic taste. You simply have to try these yourself. People won't believe it when you tell them they are made from potatoes. They're sooooo yummy!

It has become a tasty tradition in our family to make potato donuts each year at Christmas, and they always get rave reviews. Why not make them a holiday tradition in your family too? Continue...

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      I want some chocolate cake donuts. I haven't had a good dounut in what seems like ages.

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      fathomblueEG 5 years ago

      I love your donut making lens. What's not to love, it's donuts? :-) :-)

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      Athelyna LM 5 years ago

      I love reading all of your donut memories! My mother used to have a donut cutter, and would make us donuts for breakfast on Valentine's day. And now I really, really, want some donuts.

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      Barbara 5 years ago from USA

      Nice lens, well done.