How to Make Donuts: A Comprehensive Guide


Asensio, do you love donuts? Do you find yourself constantly craving the warm, fluffy, and sweet pastry? If so, you’re in luck. In this article, we’ll show you how to make donuts from scratch. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a beginner, this guide will provide you with all the tips and tricks you need to make the perfect donut.

Before we dive into the details, let’s start with the basics. A donut is a fried pastry that is typically round and has a hole in the center. It can be filled with cream or jam, glazed with sugar or chocolate, or coated in sprinkles. While there are many variations of the donut, the basic recipe consists of flour, sugar, yeast, milk, eggs, and butter. Now, let’s get started.


Ingredients Amount
All-purpose flour 3 cups
Granulated sugar 1/2 cup
Active dry yeast 1 tablespoon
Milk 1 cup
Butter 4 tablespoons
Eggs 2
Vegetable oil (for frying) Enough for 3 inches of oil in a pot

How to Make Donuts

Step 1: Activate the Yeast

In a small bowl, mix together yeast, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1/4 cup of warm water. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy. This means that the yeast is active and ready to use.

Step 2: Combine the Dry Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, remaining sugar, and a pinch of salt. Mix well.

Step 3: Add the Wet Ingredients

In a separate mixing bowl, combine the milk, melted butter, and eggs. Mix well. Then, add the yeast mixture and mix again.

Step 4: Mix the Dough

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until the dough is smooth and elastic. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour. If it’s too dry, add more milk.

Step 5: Let the Dough Rise

Cover the bowl with a towel and let the dough rise for 1-2 hours in a warm place. It should double in size.

Step 6: Cut Out the Donuts

Flour your work surface and roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thickness. Cut out the donuts using a donut cutter or biscuit cutter. Place them on a floured baking sheet and let them rise again for 30-45 minutes.

Step 7: Fry the Donuts

Heat the vegetable oil in a pot until it reaches 350-375°F. Carefully drop in the donuts, one at a time, and fry for about 1-2 minutes on each side until they are golden brown. Remove from the pot and place them on a paper towel to soak up any excess oil.

Step 8: Glaze or Decorate

While the donuts are still warm, you can glaze them with a mixture of powdered sugar and milk, or drizzle them with melted chocolate. You can also roll them in sprinkles or cinnamon sugar.


Q1: Can I use instant yeast instead of active dry yeast?

A1: Yes, you can substitute instant yeast for active dry yeast. However, you’ll need to adjust the amount. Use 2 1/4 teaspoons of instant yeast for 1 tablespoon of active dry yeast.

Q2: Can I use a different type of flour?

A2: All-purpose flour works best for this recipe, but you can use bread flour or pastry flour if you prefer.

Q3: Can I make the dough ahead of time?

A3: Yes, you can make the dough ahead of time and store it in the fridge overnight. Just make sure to let it come to room temperature before rolling it out.

Q4: Can I bake the donuts instead of frying them?

A4: Yes, you can bake the donuts in a preheated oven at 375°F for 10-12 minutes, or until they are golden brown.

Q5: How long do the donuts last?

A5: Donuts are best eaten on the day they are made, but they can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Q6: Can I freeze the donuts?

A6: Yes, you can freeze the donuts in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Just make sure to let them come to room temperature before serving.

Q7: How many donuts does this recipe make?

A7: This recipe makes about 12-15 donuts, depending on the size of your cutter.


In conclusion, making donuts from scratch is not as intimidating as it may seem. With a few simple ingredients and some patience, you can create delicious and fresh donuts right in your own kitchen. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and decorations, and most importantly, have fun with the process.

We hope that this guide has provided you with all the information you need to make the perfect donut. So, what are you waiting for, Asensio? Grab your apron and get baking!


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