Yeast-Raised Doughnuts

Light and airy, these doughnuts are ready to finish in any way you can imagine. Dredge the outside with cinnamon-sugar and fill with raspberry jam. Fill with pastry cream and top with a quick chocolate glaze for a Boston Cream Doughnut. Or cut into rings before frying, then dip in glaze for the ultimate glazed doughnut creation.

Prep
40 mins
Bake
6 mins
Total
2 hrs 16 mins
Yield
16 doughnuts, depending on size
Yeast-Raised Doughnuts

Instructions

  1. To make the dough: In a large bowl or the bucket of your bread machine set on the dough cycle, whisk together the dry ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Add all at once to the dry ingredients. If you're using a bread machine, press Start. If you're preparing by hand or mixer, mix and knead to make a soft dough. Cover and let rest for 5 minutes.

  2. If preparing by hand or mixer, knead the dough after its rest for 6 to 8 minutes, until it's smooth and soft. Place the dough in a greased bowl, turn it over to coat the top, cover, and let it rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until doubled in bulk.

  3. To shape the doughnuts: Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Gently roll it 1/4" thick, and cut out doughnuts with a 2 1/2" to 3" round cutter. Cover loosely with greased plastic wrap and let the doughnuts rise for 30 minutes to an hour, until doubled.

  4. To fry: Heat the oil or shortening in a heavy frying pan or skillet to 350°F. Carefully place the doughnuts in the oil, 2 or 3 at a time, and fry until golden brown. Turn over and cook the second side; each side should take no more than a minute. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on absorbent paper. Fill or frost doughnuts as desired, using your choice of sugar topping or glaze.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Would you like to bake these doughnuts, rather than fry them? While you'll lose the signature crispy crust and deep-fried flavor of a fried doughnut, baking is a lot simpler and very tasty. Follow the recipe through step 3,  letting the doughnuts rise for 45 to 60 minutes. Bake them in a preheated 350°F oven for about 14 minutes, or until they're a light golden brown. Remove a doughnut from the oven, make a small knife cut, and peek inside: if it's baked all the way through, with no raw dough at the center, they're done. If not, give the doughnuts a few more minutes. Cool, fill, and top as desired.

  • Join King Arthur baker Martin Philip and his family as they bake Yeast-Raised Doughnuts together, start to finish.Watch Martin Bakes at Home - Doughnuts now.