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A tray of sugar coated ring doughnuts

Old Fashioned Homemade Yeast Doughnuts

These old fashioned homemade yeast doughnuts are soft and fluffy, pleasantly light crusted, and gloriously coated with sugar.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Old Fashioned Homemade Yeast Doughnuts
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Proofing Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Yield: 12 doughnuts
Author: Priya Maha


  • 225 g flour
  • 5 g instant dry yeast
  • 75 ml milk lukewarm
  • ½ tablespoon sugar
  • 40 g butter
  • 1 egg
  • teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar (for coating)


  • Measure yeast into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the milk, sugar, egg, flour and salt.
  • Mix on low speed for 2 minutes or until the dough comes together.
  • Add butter and continue kneading on medium-low speed until the butter is all incorporated into the dough and dough becomes smooth and elastic. This should take about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and shape it into a ball. Return the dough into the mixing bowl and let if proof until it has almost trippled in size. Keep the bowl covered with a kitchen towel or cling wrap while the dough proofs.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl. Press it down to remove all air bubbles.
  • Knead it for approximately 2 to 3 minutes, until the dough becomes smooth.
  • Divide the dough into 2 sections for easy rolling. Roll each section to about 1cm thick.
  • Using a ring cutter, cut out the doughnuts. Re-roll the scraps and cut out more doughnuts until the dough is all used up.
  • Place each doughnut on a lightly floured parchment square. Arrange the doughnuts in a large tray, cover them with a kitchen towel and let them proof until almost tripled in size.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan or wok and fry the doughnuts until they turn golden brown. Turn them over halfway through to allow both sides to cook.
  • Once done, remove from oil and drain them on a kitchen paper towel.
  • For the sugar coating, fill the granulated sugar into a small bowl. Dip each doughnuts into the sugar on both sides before serving.


Calories: 136.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.6g | Protein: 2.7g | Fat: 3.5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 21.4mg | Sodium: 56.5mg | Potassium: 37.1mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 9.2g | Vitamin A: 113.2IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 12.9mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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