Guys. Dudes. Ladies. Gents. Your life is about to be changed FOREVER. Now hold on to your seats because I’m not sure you’ll be able to contain your excitement….
I…. have… a… recipe…….. for homemade……. DONUTS!!!!
I know this is incredibly groundbreaking, I mean look at how good these look, but there’s more. I’m about to give you all the recipe for the easiest DIY donuts I have ever come across in my life, and that’s coming from someone who just recently learned that cooking with ingredients like flour and sugar is something people do frequently and not just bake from box.
Full disclosure, this recipe is NOT mine. I found it on YouTube here and followed the exact recipe but decorated my donuts differently with one of my best friends, Amanda. The main reason why I’m making a blog post about the recipe is so that I can have it written down for myself to reference later, but also because these photos are SO CUTE right? Plus they were so much fun to make with a gal pal by my side. Anyway, let’s get started!
2 1/2 cups of Flour
3/4 cup of Milk
1 packet of Active Dry Yeast
3 tablespoons of Sugar
2 Eggs (ONLY THE YOLKS)
2 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter
1/4 teaspoon of Almond Extract (we forgot to put these in ours and they tasted fine in case you don’t have this!)
1/4 teaspoon of Salt
Pudding (for filling if you choose to fill them)
Decoration (icing, sprinkles, filling, etc.)
1. Heat your milk so that it’s warm to the touch and combine that with the yeast and the sugar. It’s okay if the yeast looks all clumpy and weird, trust me. Leave it alone for about 10 minutes or until the mixture gets bubbly on top.
2. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and mix it with our butter, egg yolks, almond extract and 1/3 of the flour. Then add in the salt. It’s super important that the salt is mixed in LAST because it’ll kill the yeast. Don’t ask me how this happens it just does because of science I guess. Mix this until it’s pasty, then add in another 1/3 of the flour, and finally the last 1/3 of flour
3. It should be difficult to mix in the flour at this point, so take your dough out of the bowl and mix it with your hands! It sounds gross at first, but the dough gave Amanda and I total ASMR vibes so just trust us…. it’s awesome.
4. Grease a separate bowl with nonstick spray or butter and add your ball of dough into the bowl, then cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit for about an hour or until the dough doubles in size!
5. Remove the dough from the bowl and roll it with a rolling pin until it is about an inch thick.
6. Cut out donut sized circles from the dough. You can do this using cookie cutters, but we figured we could just use a cup and then the top to a twist off wine bottle to make our donut shapes! Transfer your donuts onto a baking sheet so they don’t stick to any surface.
7.Cover your cut out donuts for 20 minutes so they can proof and rise to their largest shape.
8. About half way through your donuts proofing process, warm up your oil (your pot should be 2/3 full) until it’s about 350 degrees.
9. Place your donuts into the hot oil until one side is brown and then flip them to cook the other side. Move the donuts onto a paper town to drain off the oil.
10. Decorate them however you want! Amanda and I used icing and sprinkles to decorate ours!
Now you can enjoy your donuts and brag to all your friends about how you made the cutest homemade donuts the world has ever seen.
Let me know if you like posts like this, and if so I’ll be sure to do a lot more!