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Donuts or Doughnuts you can spell either way. Whatever it may be we all love this right !!! .  This is my second attempt of making doughnuts at home.  The first attempt was different recipe.  And that was old fashioned buttermilk doughnuts.  So this time I wanted to make Yeast donuts which we love so so much. This recipe is a keeper I must say, I just changed the measurement of sugar and flour from the original recipe remaining other things are same.  Hope you all enjoy this visual treat and let's all go nuts for Donuts. And now your kitchen starts smelling Yummy !!!

The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious.


I choosed Alton Brown's Yeast doughnut recipe. Here it goes...

Yeast Doughnuts

Preparation time:
Hands on prep time - 25 minutes
Rising time - 1.5 hours total
Cooking time - 12 minutes

Yields: 20 to 25 doughnuts of big size and extra 10 if it is small size + Doughnut holes
This is my corrected measurement so everytime I am going to follow this.


All Purpose Flour - 4 3/4 cups ( Original was 4 2/3 cups)
Milk - 1.5 cup
Vegetable Shortening - 1/3 cup (can substitute butter, margarine)
Active Dry Yeast - 4.5 teaspoon (2 pkgs.)
Warm Water - 1/3 cup
Eggs - 2 Large(Beaten)
White Granulated Sugar -  1/2 cup( Original was 1/4 cup)
Table Salt - 1 tsp
Nutmeg - 1 tsp grated(optional I didn't use this)
Canola Oil - for Deep Frying


1. Place the milk in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat just until warm enough to melt the shortening. (Make sure the shortening is melted so that it incorporates well into the batter.)
2. Place the shortening in a bowl and pour warmed milk over. Set aside.
3. In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and let dissolve for 5 minutes. It should get foamy. After 5 minutes, pour the yeast mixture into the large bowl of a stand mixer and add the milk and shortening mixture, first making sure the milk and shortening mixture has cooled to lukewarm.
4. Add the eggs, sugar, salt, nutmeg, and half of the flour. Using the paddle attachment of your mixer (if you have one), combine the ingredients on low speed until flour is incorporated and then turn the speed up to medium and beat until well combined.
5. Add the remaining flour, combining on low speed at first, and then increase the speed to medium and beat well.
6. Change to the dough hook attachment of the mixer and beat on medium speed until the dough pulls away from the bowl and becomes smooth, approximately 3 to 4 minutes (for me this only took about two minutes). If you do not have a dough hook/stand mixer – knead until the dough is smooth and not sticky.
7. Transfer to a well-oiled bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
8. On a well-floured surface, roll out dough to 3/8-inch (9 mm)thick. (Make sure the surface really is well-floured otherwise your doughnuts will stick to the counter).
9. Cut out dough using a 2 1/2-inch (65 mm) doughnut cutter or pastry ring or drinking glass and using a 7/8-inch (22 mm) ring for the center whole. Set on floured baking sheet, cover lightly with a tea towel, and let rise for 30 minutes.
10. Preheat the oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 365 °F/185°C.
11. Gently place the doughnuts into the oil, 3 to 4 at a time. Cook for 1 minute per side or until golden brown (my doughnuts only took about 30 seconds on each side at this temperature).
12. Transfer to a cooling rack placed in baking pan. Allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes prior to glazing, if desired.

Chocolate Glaze

This measurement of glaze can be used approximately for 30 small size donuts

Ingredients :

Unsalted butter - 1/4 cup
Whole milk, warmed - 1/3 cup
Light corn syrup - 1/2 tbsp
Vanilla extract - 1 teaspoons
Bittersweet chocolate - 1/4 cup
Confectioners' sugar, sifted -  1 cup


Combine butter, milk, corn syrup, and vanilla in medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Decrease the heat to low, add the chocolate, and whisk until melted. Turn off heat, add the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth. Place the mixture over a bowl of warm water and dip the doughnuts immediately. Allow glaze to set for 30 minutes before serving.


Vanilla Sugar Glaze


Whole milk - 1/4 cup
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Confectioners' sugar - 2 cup

Directions :

Combine milk and vanilla in a medium saucepan and heat over low heat until warm. Sift confectioners' sugar into milk mixture. Whisk slowly, until well combined. Remove the glaze from the heat and set over a bowl of warm water. Dip doughnuts into the glaze, 1 at a time, and set on a draining rack placed in a half sheet pan for 5 minutes before serving.


1.  The dough your are mixing will be very very sticky but don't panic when you keep for rising the flour absorbes more moisture and you get the correct consistency when dusting with flour while rolling.

Finla  – (October 27, 2010 at 7:28 AM)  

They look so so good. I love the glazed ones.

Angie's Recipes  – (October 27, 2010 at 7:32 AM)  

They look great! The heart-shaped one looks so sweet.

chef and her kitchen  – (October 27, 2010 at 7:48 AM)  

I wish I am ur neighbor dear....I could have shamelessly entered ur place and enjoy all those delights....hmm...I m driving crazy for doughnuts now...:(

Suja Manoj  – (October 27, 2010 at 8:00 AM)  

They look so good and irresistible,beautiful clicks dear.

Unknown  – (October 27, 2010 at 8:10 AM)  

Hi Pavithra,

They look so yumm and cute dear...:)


Unknown  – (October 27, 2010 at 8:14 AM)  

U r becoming n expert in baking...doughnuts looks perfectly shaped luved the heartshaped ones too....All clicks are beautiful and ur efforts are shown in each pic!

Umm Mymoonah  – (October 27, 2010 at 8:45 AM)  

Lovely hearty doughnuts, looks gorgeous.

Nithya  – (October 27, 2010 at 8:58 AM)  

Oh my goodness. I am so damn tempted to have them now. They looks so so so delicious anni :) Love the chocolate dipped ones. :)I am drooling buckets and buckets over here ;)

Ambika  – (October 27, 2010 at 9:01 AM)  

Donuts look fabulous Pavithra!!

Pari Vasisht  – (October 27, 2010 at 9:01 AM)  

Hi. I love the hearts, they look beautiful.

Renata  – (October 27, 2010 at 10:07 AM)  

WOW Pavithra! What an amazing job you've done! Your donuts are professional! The hearts came out so nice, I tried to cut stars but they lost their shape almost completely... Well done on this challenge. Your photos are superb!!!! Thanks for your lovely comment on mine!

Suji  – (October 27, 2010 at 10:08 AM)  

Awesome..thats the word..I love donuts and u r pictures are truly amazing...

Priya Suresh  – (October 27, 2010 at 10:21 AM)  

Omg, its has been a long i had donuts, urs looks absolutely tempting, prefect and gorgeous Pavi..feel like grabbing some..

veena  – (October 27, 2010 at 10:47 AM)  


Anu Nandu  – (October 27, 2010 at 10:54 AM)  

Pavi - not fair. Not fair just you get to eat this. I'm drinking my morning coffee as I read this and I so want to bite into this with my coffee! I can imagine how great your house would have smelt. I've made donuts a couple of times and its hard to stop at 1 or 2. Love it! Love it!

aipi  – (October 27, 2010 at 10:59 AM)  

Wow! Your doughnuts are fabulous ..great job!

US Masala

jayasree  – (October 27, 2010 at 11:20 AM)  

Gorgeous donuts...Thanks a ton for the visual treat

Sushma Mallya  – (October 27, 2010 at 11:30 AM)  

Beautiful pics,fantastic pavitra...

Pushpa  – (October 27, 2010 at 11:35 AM)  

Pictures speak a million words...donuts look fantastic...

Pushpa @

Unknown  – (October 27, 2010 at 12:14 PM)  

Love those heart shaped donuts. So so pretty to be eaten!

Ash  – (October 27, 2010 at 12:28 PM)  

Oh! Pavi.... U always leave me with a mixed feeling.... Bitter & Sweet.... Which means ENVIOUS!!!! I so so so much hate this blog of yours..... as it simply looks OUT OF THIS WORLD, with these amazing foodie pics..... BRAVO!!!!


Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen  – (October 27, 2010 at 12:48 PM)  

yummylicious donuts!!! i can feel the aroma of cinnamon sugar dusted donut!!!! mmmm, yummy :)

chef_d  – (October 27, 2010 at 12:49 PM)  

Those are gorgeous donuts, I am sure they all tasted delicious! Great job on this challenge, your pictures are beautiful!

Swapna  – (October 27, 2010 at 2:06 PM)  

Beautiful doughnuts those heart shaped ones...

Unknown  – (October 27, 2010 at 2:14 PM)  

Awesome pavi..i shud try it some time. As usual pretty pics :)

Unknown  – (October 27, 2010 at 2:48 PM)  

petty looking donuts and they are so soft and fluffy!

Ria Mathew  – (October 27, 2010 at 3:06 PM)  

You have a done a marvellous job, Pavithra :) Hope you have settled down in your new place. x

Anonymous –   – (October 27, 2010 at 3:40 PM)  

Perfect doughnuts! they came out perfect..

Anonymous –   – (October 27, 2010 at 4:15 PM)  

Perfect! The close up of the crumb inside the doughnut is too much - I want a doughnut NOW!

TheYummyMorsel  – (October 27, 2010 at 4:52 PM)  

Hey Pavithra.............absolutely decadent! I feel like grabbing one right from the photos :-)!!!


Raks  – (October 28, 2010 at 1:31 AM)  

What ever you do you do with perfection pavi,has come out so perfect and looks so so pretty too! The texture is awesome!

Smita Srivastava  – (October 28, 2010 at 5:19 AM)  

I'm drooling over the yummy donuts & the lovely clicks !!!

Audax  – (October 28, 2010 at 9:22 AM)  

WOW they look perfect I stunning into silence superb job on this challenge that photo of the interior is so so good. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

panchpakwan  – (October 28, 2010 at 2:57 PM)  

Wow i can't belive that you made these yuumy dounuts at home!! They look so inviting ....pefect cliks and presentation too..

Madhavi  – (October 28, 2010 at 7:10 PM)  

I don't have any words for this, man mouth-drooling donuts, yummmm!!

Renuka  – (October 28, 2010 at 8:09 PM)  

Wow, I am amzed by the doughnuts, your photos are stunning....My father-in-law sent me a link to the Knachi Idlis you made asking me to re create them and I visit your blog and find that you are a fellow daring baker too.....glad to have found your site. Do visit mine anytime

Pam  – (October 28, 2010 at 9:13 PM)  

Nicely done! They look amazing!!

Poongodi –   – (October 29, 2010 at 12:26 AM)  

Terrific presentation!

Karishma  – (October 29, 2010 at 1:54 AM)  

Hi Pavithra, I've never tried to bake donuts at home, but now you leave me with no choice :-P...fantastic, yummy, droolicious pics! And I love your blog organization by the recipe much to browse around and try..will definitely let you know when I try any...thanks for dropping by on my blog btw! Great to get to know you!

Lena Jayadev  – (October 29, 2010 at 3:05 AM)  

OMG!!!>.awesome Pavii.. no other words.. you became an expert in baking..i was going through your older posts... lemon cake is terrrific.. what a presentation.. superb yaar.. :)

Mrs.Mano Saminathan  – (October 30, 2010 at 12:44 PM)  

Breath taking snaps! A very delicious and mouth watering sweet!

sadaf  – (November 4, 2010 at 8:14 AM)  

wow nice photography . they looks awesome with these glazes.

ShreyaPrakash  – (July 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM)  

hey pls can u tell me how i can replace eggs in this recipe

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