One Basic Donut Recipe – Endless Possibilities

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A basic donut recipe unlocks a world of possibilities, glazed, powdered, filled, bright & frivolous or sophisticated and indulgent. What’s your favourite?

A basic donut recipe unlocks a world of possibilities, glazed, powdered, filled, bright & frivolous or sophisticated and indulgent. What's your favourite?

It would be very easy to take the Donut Recipe and spin it out into a million posts but that will be cheating you guys and a case of writing for writing sake. So here you go just one basic donut recipe and then you can run with it and explore the endless possibilities of coating, glazing or stuffing.

We did a couple of toppings with our donuts, we filled half with an apple compote with heady with cinnamon and then coated with a cinnamon sugar, the other half we coated in a lemon glaze that was wonderfully tart.

But you can go in any direction you want, stuff with chocolate, custard, jam, or glaze with your favourite topping and sprinkle with your favourite colourful treat.  As you maybe able to tell I am not really a colourful sprinkle person, but despite not having a sweet tooth there is just something about donuts that is so compelling.  I’m pretty certain that it is childhood memories of jam dripping down your chin and licking the obscene amount of sugar from your fingers.

A basic donut recipe unlocks a world of possibilities, glazed, powdered, filled, bright & frivolous or sophisticated and indulgent. What's your favourite?

Filling your Donut

We have experimented with a few ways of filling our donuts and we have found the pest solution to be using a piping bag with a long fairly broad nozzle and just squeeze until there aint no more room.  Even a baking numpty who never uses a piping bag can do it so you will be fine 😉

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So there you have it, a basic donut recipe. Growing up as a child in the UK we had primarily Jam Donuts oozing with Strawberry Jam or plain ring donuts.

It wasn’t until Dunkin’ Donuts arrived in the early 90’s that the cacophony of glazes and fillings made itself known.  I distinctly remember eating my very first Custard donut from a 7-11 (another oddity that opened 24 hours a day) in a town called ‘Egham’ and my mind almost exploded.

So tell me what your favourite toppings or fillings are I would love to hear from you and maybe even get some new ideas!

A basic donut recipe unlocks a world of possibilities, glazed, powdered, filled, bright & frivolous or sophisticated and indulgent. What's your favourite?
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One Basic Donut Recipe - Endless Possibilities

A basic donut recipe unlocks a world of possibilities, glazed, powdered, filled, bright & frivolous or sophisticated and indulgent. What's your favourite?

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy Doughnuts, Simple Fried Doughnut Recipe
Prep Time 5 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12 Donuts
Calories 351 kcal
Author Brian Jones

Ingredients

  • 7 g Yeast Fast Acting
  • 175 ml Milk Blood temperature
  • 450 g Plain Flour
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 85 g Unsalted Butter Diced and softened
  • 2 Eggs Beaten
  • 85 g Caster Sugar
  • Oil for deep frying

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the yeast and the warm milk until the yeast has dissolved in a large bowl
  2. Stir in 150g of the plain flour, cover the bowl with cling film and leave for a couple of hours, the dough should have risen by at least a third and and should have loads of bubbles
  3. Add the remaining flour and the salt and then add the butter and mix with until completely combined
  4. Add the beaten eggs then the sugar and turn out onto a heavily floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes until you have a smooth dough
  5. Place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling film and leave to prove until it doubles in size which will take about 2 hours
  6. Put the dough on to a floured surface and roll out into a long sausage and divide into 14 equal pieces and roll them in to balls flattened balls
  7. If you want ring donuts stick your finger through the middle of the balls and jiggle, the dough should be elastic enough for a ring to form fairly quickly, make the hole around 2cm in diameter
  8. Cover with a cloth and allow the donuts to prove again for about an hour
  9. Fry the donuts in batches in hot oil at 170°C and fry for a couple of minutes on one side before flipping and frying for a further 2 minutes
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A basic donut recipe unlocks a world of possibilities, glazed, powdered, filled, bright & frivolous or sophisticated and indulgent. What's your favourite?
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23 Comments

  1. Emma March 5, 2018 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    You can’t beat a freshly fried doughnut! Fab recipe 🙂

  2. Amanda March 5, 2018 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    I LOVE a great donut, and these look amazing!!

  3. Demeter March 5, 2018 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    So many donut flavors to choose from! I gotta go with old fashioned glazed–just such a classic. 🙂

    • Brian Jones March 5, 2018 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      Glazed donuts were very much a rarity in Europe until fairly recently.

  4. Emily March 5, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

    These look absolutely delicious and so light, saving this to try soon!

  5. Linda @ With A Blast March 5, 2018 at 9:53 am - Reply

    These donuts look absolutely amazing ! I am glad to finally have found a basic donut recipe and am loving all the variations you suggest as well 🙂

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  7. Tina Marie February 12, 2016 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    I keep coming back to look at these delicious donuts! I wish you could pass a few through the screen. I think I’ll try to convert the recipe (gluten-free) so I’ll be able to eat them. Although, my husband saw your beautiful picture while I was reading about them and has insisted I make your recipe. Have to keep the main man happy, so it looks like I’ll be giving them a try. 🙂

    • Brian Jones February 16, 2016 at 9:35 am - Reply

      Haha, I do I manage to keep your husband happy, I have never used gluten free flour so have no idea what difference it makes to dishes but hop you find a way to enjoy too 🙂

  8. Marsha Johnson August 19, 2015 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    i am at a loss of the measurements in the recipe!!!! could you please convert the measurements for american scale??? like Teaspoons, tablespoons, etc???

    Thanks

    • Brian Jones August 20, 2015 at 11:14 am - Reply

      Hi Marsha, I’m afraid I don’t really know what measurements are used in the US, I write my recipes as I make them in the format I use. There are however hundreds or maybe even thousands of converters out there that will help you could maybe try this one http://www.convert-me.com/en/convert/cooking/. I am actively looking for a conversion plugin that will give an option but everything I have found to date has been unreliable.

  9. Razena | Tantalisemytastebuds.com August 11, 2015 at 11:25 am - Reply

    These look very moreish and I had forgotten that I wanted to try this recipe until I saw the twitter post again today.

    In Cape Town, traditionally we had spiced doughnuts called Koesisters for breakfast on a Sunday morning. Sadly not many dear old (or young) ladies are interested to home make or sell them any more.

    • Brian Jones August 12, 2015 at 8:01 am - Reply

      Glad you got a reminder, I don’t really know a great deal about South African food but I think a lack of interest in cooking for the majority is sadly a growing thing… Keep the flame burning 😉

  10. Fox Valley Foodie July 26, 2015 at 3:17 am - Reply

    Your photos look too damn good. You are going to give me a complex.

    • Brian Jones July 26, 2015 at 7:52 am - Reply

      Ha ha, thank you very much… The result of many years of practice and a very forgiving wife 😉

  11. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen July 24, 2015 at 2:53 am - Reply

    OMGosh, these donuts look incredible. And your photos are fantastic! It makes me want to reach right into my screen and grab a bite! YUM!

    • Brian Jones July 24, 2015 at 8:00 am - Reply

      Thank you Kristi… Even as some one with out a sweet tooth there is something about donuts that are just irresistible 🙂

  12. Kath July 19, 2015 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    How did I not know about your blog?

    Never mind my beauty, I have found you now…………

    These look great.
    I remember from my dim & distant past as a school cook, we had “the” bun recipe that could be made in different shapes, or filled, baked, or fried – one size fits all so to speak.
    Still love the versatility of these types of recipe even though I don’t bake much these days.
    But I do intend to try out these little beauties!

    • Brian Jones July 19, 2015 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      Ha ha Kath, I like to play hard to get 😉 Donuts are grate fun to play around with, one recipe so many different possibilities, as you know I am not really a ‘sprinkles’ type of guy but you could take these in any direction you wanted 🙂

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