Hands down, my favorite weekend breakfast is a donut! Perfect fluffy, sweet, yeasty goodness. I couldn’t pass up the chance to make homemade donuts with the people I love most in this world (and with whom I’m quarantined with). Homemade donuts may seem labor intensive, but they’re actually less work that you might think. Below is our delicious homemade glazed donut recipe. Sprinkles optional!
- 2 packages of dry active yeast or 4 1/4 teaspoons of yeast from a jar
- 1/4 cup of warm water
- 1 1/2 cup of milk
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/3 cup of butter flavored shortening
- 5 – 5 1/2 cups of flour
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 2 1/4 cups of powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
- 3 to 4 tablespoons of milk
Donut Recipe Directions
- Mix 1/4 cup of warm water with the yeast and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Stir to combine and rest for 5 to 10 minutes, until it bubbles.
- Heat milk in the microwave for 90 seconds
- Combine warm milk, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/3 cup of shortening and 2 cups of flour in a stand mixer.
- After it is well mixed, add eggs and continue mixing.
- Add yeast mixture to the flour mixture.
- Continue adding flour, 1/2 cup at a time until dough pulls away from the edge, for 5 to 7 minutes. (When you touch dough with your finger, it should spring back but not stick to your finger)
- Roll out dough and form into a ball.
- Place dough into a large greased bowl, cover, and let stand in warm place for an hour (A sunny spot is most ideal).
- While dough is rising, combine the glaze ingredients and set aside in a warm place.
- After dough has risen to twice it’s size, roll out on a flat greased surface to about a half inch thick.
- Using cookie cutters, cut out your donuts and donut holes.
- Heat 2 to 3 inches of oil to 375 F/190 C.
- Cook donuts & donut holes in batches for one minute per side.
- Drizzle hot donuts with glaze mixture and top with sprinkles.
Notes: Use a thermometer (candy or frying thermometer if you have one) to make sure oil does not overheat and burn. Also, exercise extreme caution when working with frying oil. Make sure you leave plenty of room between the oil and the top of your pan. If oil overflows unto a gas stove, you will have a grease fire. It is always a good idea to have a fire extinguisher available in your kitchen.