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Donut Recipes | Yeast and Cake Donuts

Updated on December 21, 2015
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The Lowly Donut -- a Favourite Pastry

This page contains three recipes for making donuts at home. You will find one recipe for yeast donuts, one recipe for cake donuts, and a specialty pumpkin recipe that is great for Halloween.

Whether you spell hem donuts or doughnuts, these sweet fried or baked pastries are a well loved treat. A good home made donut is a staple for most home cooks and bakers.

The two most common type of these pastries foud in North America, at least, are the ring shaped donut and the filled donut. The latter is filled with a sweet filling such as jam, jelly, custard or some other yummy sweet thing. And let's not forget the donut holes! The kids are likely to think that's the best part of your recipe.

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Donut Recipe #1: Yeast Donuts with Jelly or Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1 package granular yeast
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp sugar (first amount)
  • 1/2 cup scalded milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar (second amount)
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 1/4 to 3 1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 egg

Method

Soak the yeast and 1 tsp sugar in the lukewarm water for ten minutes. Add the hot scalded milk to the shortening, 1/4 cup of sugar and salt and stir until it is lukewarm. Add this to the yeast liquid along with 2 cups of flour and the egg. Beat for five minutes. Beat in one more cup of flour until smooth. Scrape down sides of bowl, cover and let rise for two hours. Turn dough onto board floured with remaining flour. Knead 100 times.

Roll out to 1/3 inch thickness and cut with floured 3" cutter. Let rise uncovered until very light, at least one hour. A thin crust forms on the outside.

Slide the donuts into the hot fat at 375 degrees. As they rise to the surface and become a little brown, turn them over. Fry about three minutes to brown on both sides. Lift out with long fork, but do not prick. Drain then transfer to absorbent paper in a warm place. To sugar the cooled donuts, shake one at a time in a paper bag containing a little icing or granulated sugar.

Jelly Donut Recipe

Roll donut dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Let rest five minutes. Cut out with 2 1/2 inch round cutter and let stand five minutes. Place 1 tsp tart stiff jelly or jam in center of half of the rounds. Top with the remaining rounds and seal edges firmly. Let rise uncovered for half an hour. Deep fry and drain as above.

Honey Glaze Donut Recipe

Add 1 1/2 tbsp honey to 3 1/2 tbsp of boiling water and 1 cup icing sugar. Stir to blend. Dip warm donuts into this warm glaze. Let cool and dry on cake rack.

Three Cake Donuts
Three Cake Donuts

Donut Recipe #2: Fast and Easy Cake Donuts

This one is great for those busy days.

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 6 tbsp Oil
  • 8 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 7 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Method

Combine the liquids in one bowl. Combine the dry ingredients in another bowl.

Add one to the other.

Roll out, using very little flour.

Cut into shapes, or if you want to do this the really easy way, just drop spoonfulls into the hot oil.

Deep fry until golden. Roll them in confectioner's sugar when cooked, if desired.

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Women Holding Platters of Donuts

Donut Recipe #3: Pumpkin Donuts

Try these for a Thanksgiving snack.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin, cooked and mashed, or canned
  • 1 cup shredded bran cereal
  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Oil

Method

Cream sugar and shortening together. Make sure the mixture is light. Add eggs, mixing well after each one.

Add the pumpkin and the bran and mix well. Stand this mixture for two minutes. Sift dry ingredients together and then stir it into the pumpkin mixture, adding one half at a time.

Cover and chill for sixty minutes or until dough is stiff. Flour a surface then roll out the dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a two inch donut cutter.

Fry in pan with two inches of oil heated to 375 degrees. Fry about one minute per side or until golden brown in color.

Drain your donuts on absorbent paper and then repeat with the trimmings to use up all the dough. This recipe is a particular hit in the fall at Halloween or Thanksgiving.

If you wish, dip the cooled donuts in cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      Wow I can't wait to try out some of these recipes - donuts are my all time favourite sweet. I'll let you know how they turn out

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      Ed Murphy 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Cake donuts are my favorite, and I'll be trying you your recipe soon!

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      pcblogger lm 4 years ago

      Gteat lens.. good recipes

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Delightful lens. Thank you for publishing it.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      P.S. There's a broken Flickr module on this lens.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      I've only had homemade donuts once. They're definitely a fond memory.

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      PennyHowe 4 years ago

      Wow! My taste buds are one fire! Thanks for the great ideas. I love cake donuts--some of my fondness memories are making these donuts with my family.

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      opatoday 4 years ago

      I'M HUNGRY

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      seosmm 4 years ago

      Donuts are great :) Very interesting lens!

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      ChroniclesofaWa 4 years ago

      I have never made my own donut but it's never too late to try. Thank you for the recipe. :)

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Great lens with valuable info...

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      Here they have filled doughnuts, and they call them bombs! Very fitting name for a very delicious cake...

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @lorenrodgers5: That does sound good.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A Doughnut or two every once a while but they are hard to Resist, especailly Fresh or Hot!!

      Krispy Kreme! ;)

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      lorenrodgers5 5 years ago

      A great and easy donut....is.... cheap canned biscuits, fry in a little oil, and roll in confectionate sugar. YUM!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @karen-stephens: Right Karen. Calorie free. NO calories at all in any of these. LOL

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      karen-stephens 5 years ago

      yummm... but how many calories please? free?

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @crstnblue: Bless you!

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      crstnblue 5 years ago

      I squidliked this lens before but now I've got wings and had to come back and honor your delicious lens! :))

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Escapes2: So true. so true. Sigh.

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      Escapes2 5 years ago

      I can feel my waistline expanding as I bookmark this!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @fathomblueEG: Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      fathomblueEG 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your yummy donut recipes with us. We're so blessed:-)

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      I can't wait to try your recipe!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like mine filled with custard and Bavarian creme.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @PNWtravels: Yes, they are, aren't they?

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I love all the options you shared. Recipe #2 looked especially good and something I think I could pull off :)

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Ahhh - donuts - such a great treat!

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      noobeegin 5 years ago

      Doughnuts ROCK the House!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @lisann-hall: Pumpkin is one of my favorites too

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      lisann-hall 5 years ago

      Great Lens! I love pumpkin and the pumpkin donut recipe was perfect!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @indigomoth: Thanks for visiting. I love your screen name.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @msnz: They do, don't they Thanks for stopping by.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @miaponzo: Thanks so much for visiting and blessing.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @GaryHollingsworth: Thanks for visiting.

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      indigomoth 5 years ago from New Zealand

      So delicious...

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      msnz 5 years ago

      They say...You not only eat from mouth but eyes also.. These doughnuts really look tasty and beautiful..

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Great recipes... I'm going to have to try them!!! :) Blessed!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @GaryHollingsworth: Thanks!

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      GaryHollingsworth 5 years ago

      Yummy lens

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Happy Donut Day!

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      CraftaholicVete 5 years ago

      Good lens but some of the pictures are gone. Otherwise, you got my mouth watering for a jelly and chocolate filled doughnut.

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      Great lens - Happy National Doughnut Day!

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      Chocolatealchemy 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Great Lens - your recipe for pumpkin donuts sounds delicious!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @RinchenChodron: Thanks!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Ninche: Good luck. I'm sure you will be successful.

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      Ninche 5 years ago

      I'm sure I will try to make it by your recipe, cause I never did!

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I'm not much of a baker - get my donuts at the grocery. But enjoyed reading your lens anyway.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @AngryBaker: Thanks and Happy Donut Day to you as well.

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      AngryBaker 5 years ago

      Love the recipes! Will be trying some. Thanks! Happy Donut Day!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @gatornic15: Thank you!

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      I have never made my own doughnuts, but some of your recipes sound yummy! Happy National Doughnut Day!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Steve Dizmon: Thanks for visiting.

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      Steve Dizmon 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Never cooked Doughnuts before, but I may have to try it. Great Lens.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @dwnovacek: Many, many thanks.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @SheilaSchnauzies: Life without donuts would not be as joyous.

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      dwnovacek 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens about one of my favorite food groups! Angel Blessed!

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Doughnuts are just one of the great joys of life, aren't they? Just nothing better! Blessed.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @glowchick: Yes. Yum.

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      glowchick 5 years ago

      Delicious lens!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @ClassyGals: Calories, alas, are the bane of all donut eaters. It is sad.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @SciTechEditorDave: Enjoy your coffee! LOL

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I remember back when calories weren't one of my main concerns, being able to enjoy a big delicious sugar donut from the local bakery. Yummy, yummy, yummy.

      Angel Blessings**

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      David Gardner 5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Every year when I was a kid, our Boy Scout troop would have a "Jamboree" -- and we'd have a tent set up in which we'd be cooking up batches of doughnuts (well, doughnut holes)... batches of those things would go in a flash and we were kept busy all day long cooking 'em up. Nice lens. Now I think I'll mozy on over to our local donut shop to have some with a coffee!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @julieannbrady: I will be happy to see any kind of dough! Thanks for visiting.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      OK, call me wacky, but for some reason, I am thinking donuts aka doughnuts this afternoon! $how me the dough !!!

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Nice lens...thanks for sharing!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @blessedmomto7: Thanks for visiting.

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      Oh yum. I like the easy donut recipe!

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      puppyprints 5 years ago

      I did not know you could make donuts at home!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm not a big eater, but I do enjoy homemade donuts when I get them, with a cup of tea or coffee.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Einar A: They are delicious, for sure.

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      Your recipe looks very good! I don't eat many donuts, but would definitely like to try home-made ones!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @InnaTsv: Restraint is an issue, for sure. LOL

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      InnaTsv 5 years ago

      Oh, those are so tempting!:) I try to restrain myself from such food, but still make exceptions once in a while :) Thanks for the nice recipes!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @WriterJanis2: I confess that I do not eat donuts regularly myself.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Oh yum! I love donuts, although I don't eat them too often. Will have to try your #2 recipe.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Pam Irie: I don't know what that is, but I'm certain they would be yummy indeed!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      We eat a lot of fried malasadas here in Hawaii. They are yummy too. :)

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Mairis: There's a good plan.

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      Mairis 5 years ago

      i will ask my mom to cook it :) hehhehehe

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      looks delicious, like to try some

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @JennySui: Enjoy! And thanks for visiting.

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      i love donuts. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipes.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @ionee251: I rather like frozen donuts too. Reminds me of ice cream.

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      ionee251 5 years ago

      I love donuts, especially when frozen.

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      quicpost 5 years ago

      Thanks for the recipes.

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      ArkansasMountai 5 years ago

      Baked or fried, donuts are great either way!!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @privresearch: Ah yes We all love fried donuts!

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      privresearch 6 years ago

      forget the diet i love fried donuts :)

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks for visiting.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      glad I browsed into you! I gotta go get some food, was hungary before seeing this now I can't wait! If you like to browse as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      These donuts sound like the ones my mum and I used to make. She had a huge pail that we filled with donuts every once in a while. It didn't take my 5 brothers and me very long to empty the pail. I'll have to make some again some day soon. Thanks for the recipes.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Johanna Eisler: To be honest, I have never eaten the authentic beaver tails. Beaver tails are a trademarked pastry, made somewhere in Ontario, I believe. There are various places here where you can eat something very similar, but with a slightly different name. Bear Paws, for example.

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      Johanna Eisler 6 years ago

      Mmmm... I'll have to add some of these to the Coffee House offerings... :)

      Last night, I read a lens about Beaver Tails. Since you're from Vancouver and you know about delectable edibles, I assume you've eaten them. What are they like? How long have they been available in B.C.? I moved out of B.C. way back in '76, so I was totally surprised and entertained to read about them.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @myneverboredhands: Great. Baked donuts are a somewhat healthier version.

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      myneverboredhands 6 years ago

      I bake a lot, but I had never baked donuts before :)

      I'm definitely going to try some of the recipes from your lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @wheelbound: Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      wheelbound 6 years ago

      Wonderful post! I love Donuts and all of these recipes and videos are wonderful! Great job on the lens!