Saturday, April 7, 2018

Home made Donuts | Sugar Donuts | American Breakfast Recipe

Donuts, a deep fried pastry made from lightly sweetened yeast dough and later it is topped with various toppings like sugar glazing or chocolate or simple sugar. 

Though I like a couple of toppings on donuts, simple plain sugar on the top is my all time favorite. There were times that I had picked at least a couple of donuts from the bakery section of the grocery store whenever we visited and really loved those soft donuts from the bakery store.Donuts

Later when I had decided to try donuts at home, it was not easy at first, a few attempts were total disasters and at that time I didn't even know the reason, after a while I came to understand that those were the times I didn't know how to proof the yeast properly. 

Once I get a hang of proofing the yeast, I always prepare them  at home whenever I'm craving for some doughnuts.

We both like south Indian style spicy tiffin for our breakfast hence initially we couldn't think of this kind of sweet pastries as breakfast. 

But now once in a while, we can have a couple of donuts along with coffee for our breakfast when we are driving.  

Now coming to the recipe, I have tried this donut from joyofbaking, actually it's my go to website for any pastry/baking items. 

Since baking was not part of our cooking at my home when I grew up, the precise measurement and the detailed procedure in joyofbaking really help me a lot to get any baking/pastry item perfect on the first time!!!

Without further delay, let's check out the recipe, but if you want to know what i have prepared for past 5 days under International breakfast, here they are
Day 1 - Mysore Masala Dosa from India
Day 2 - Mani pittu from Srilanka
Day 3 - Mofo Gasy from Madagascar
Day 4 - Baozi from China
Day 5 - French Crepes from France

Home made Donuts

Preparation Time : 2 hrs | Cooking Time : 10 minsMakes :
Recipe Category: Breakfast | Recipe Cuisine: American
Donuts,Sugar Donuts, Donuts, a deep fried pastry made from lightly sweetened yeast dough and later it is topped with various toppings like sugar glazing or chocolate or simple sugar.
All Purpose flour - 1 cup
Instant yeast - 3/4 tsp
Butter - 1 & 1/2 tbsp
Sugar - 1 & 1/2 tbsp
Salt - 1/8 tsp
Warm Milk - 1/4 cup + 1 tsp
Egg - 1/2
Sugar - for coating the donuts.

Sugar Donuts
Take flour, yeast, sugar & salt in the bowl, mix it all well together, cut the butter into small pieces and add into the flour mixture and incorporate the butter into the flour with your fingers.
Once all the butter is incorporated into the flour, it looks like bread crumbs. Then add the beaten egg and warm milk and mix it well until it become a dough.
Transfer the dough on the counter and start kneading the dough for 5 mins or until it became soft and smooth.
Once the dough is smooth, place it on the greased bowl and cover it with cling wrap and keep it in warm place for 1.5 hrs to 2 hrs or until it's doubled.
Once the dough is doubled, remove the cling wrap and gently punch the dough to escape the air. 
Transfer the dough on the working surface. Lightly dust the dough with flour and start rolling into thick disk with the rolling pin.
Use the donut cutter & cut into desired shape. Since i don't have donut cutter, i have used one small bowl and a cap of the bottle to cut into donut shape.
Place the dough on the parchment lined tray. Do the same for the remaining dough and cut the whole dough into donut shape.
Gather the leftover dough & roll them again into thick disc and cut into donut shape.
Place them all on the tray and cover it with kitchen towel and keep it in warm place for another 30 mins or until the size is doubled.
Heat the oil for deep frying, add a pinch of dough, if it's brown in 30 to 40 secs, then the oil is ready. Add the donuts and let it cook on one side for 30- 40 secs.
With the wooden stick , gently flip the donuts and let it cook on other sides also for 30 -40 secs . Drain the donuts from the oil and place it on tissue paper.
Immediately add the donuts into the sugar and roll it all over.  Do the same for all the donuts and donuts holes.
Tasty Donuts is ready to serve. Serve them with coffee/tea.

Related: How to make Apple Turnovers

 Sugar Donuts
  • Instead of instant yeast, you can use the regular yeast also, but make sure that the yeast is well proofed before using.
  • Depends on the flour quality & moisture content, sometimes i need more or less 1 tsp of milk.  Sugar Donuts


  1. Those donuts are making me drool, hard to resist to these beauties, my all time favourite. Absolutely irresistible.

  2. Wow these donuts look super soft and fluffy sandhiya , You have put some great efforts to learn and perfect these kudos to your patience again , They are shaped so perfectly, and I love sugar coated donuts more than the glazed once too... Working with yeast is much fun, these look fabulous dear !! and wonderful presentation there, I love your white backdrops :)

  3. Beautifully made donuts Sandhiya. Who doesn’t love these soft, sweet and absolutely addictive donuts. Making them at home makes them so much more convenient - don’t have to visit the bakery. We can have some fresh hot fried donuts. Yumm!!

    1. Yeah, you're right,Pavani. Who doesn't love??

  4. OMG! those look so perfectly shaped and tempting. I don't even want to show this post to my kids else I will end up making these and would be gobbling up more donuts than them :)

    1. Yeah, it's hard to resist with one or two when you're making them at home :-)

  5. Want this now.. Beautifully made doughnuts.. Love it with some chocolate sauce!!

  6. fantastic looking donuts..really they are so well made. I have always been hesitant and nervous while working with yeast..and admire such work. Beautifully presented donuts , should I say I am drooling ?..yes I am !:))

  7. Oh I have forever having this on my todo have got it done so well!..kudos on the job and the donuts look so sinful!

  8. Beautifully made doughnuts. They look super soft and I would love to grab a few off screen..

  9. You have nailed it Sandhya. For baking exact measures are the key right. I have had my own set of failures and tell me about proofing the yeast. I love the sugar coating too. Great share.

  10. These look so delicious! I have made baked donuts at home and I am yet to make the traditional ones. I am bookmarking this recipe to make it soon. Looks absolutely perfect!

  11. The doughnuts look perfect Sandhiya! I remember making them for another event long back and we loved it. Looking at your pics I am tempted to make these again!

  12. I love doughnuts and you have made them so perfectly. I too follow Joyofbaking recipes and get to know a lot about baking from that.

  13. Once we know our good friend yeast, then it is easy to tame any bread! Donuts looks soft and fluffy!! perfect for munching anytime!!!

  14. The doughnuts look so soft and fluffy. Very tempting. I remember when we use to watch TV series especially Miami Vice and other cop series, a huge box of doughnuts is what they all would be snacking on with huge cups of coffee. So yes, its a typical American Breakfast.

  15. Perfectly made doughnuts. Love them a lot. Sweet breakfast is still something I can’t get used to but don’t mind having these for a quick snack

  16. Your donuts looks so sinful and perfect.. awesome recipe.

  17. Drool worthy donuts. They look super soft and perfectly made.