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Homemade Doughnuts

Homemade doughnuts take me straight back to my childhood. Tender cake wrapped with the sweetness of the sugar coating.

Homemade Doughnuts from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Homemade Doughnuts from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

When I was a kid, I remember a commercial with a weary baker heading off to work. Each morning he would say “It’s time to make the doughnuts.” It was a memorable commercial and I always felt sorry for the poor baker.

 

Doughnuts were a rare treat when I was a kid. Every so often my dad would come home with a couple “long johns” or kruellers. Once in a blue moon we would go to the actual doughnut shop and get to pick out one ourselves. There were so many to choose from… sprinkles, coconut, glazed, filled and more. It could almost be overwhelming to a kid.

But on really special occasions, my mother would make homemade doughnuts right there in our kitchen. These were such a treat and we would always get excited when she made them.

Every so often, my own family is treated to the homemade variety as well. The recipe I use is very similar to the one my mother made for us.

Homemade doughnuts aren’t that difficult to make. They take basic ingredients and your family will taste the love that goes into them. Give them a try!

To begin, pour 2-3 inches of vegetable oil into a Dutch oven or heavy pot. Start heating the oil. This will take a while, so you can prepare the dough while it is heating. Your target temperature is 375 degrees (F).

Homemade Doughnuts from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

 

In your mixing bowl, beat together 1 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons of shortening and 2 eggs. Add in 2 cups of self-rising flour, and a half teaspoon each of cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well. Pour in 3/4 cup of milk and mix again. Add in another 1 1/2 cups of self-rising flour. Mix until smooth.

Homemade Doughnuts from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

 

Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface. With floured hands, knead the dough, adding additional flour as needed until you have a soft, yet manageable dough.

Pat the dough out to 3/4 inch thick.

Homemade Doughnuts from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

About now, your oil should be heated. You will need to monitor this closely and adjust the stove as needed to keep the temperature steadily at 375 (F). If the oil gets too hot, the doughnuts will cook too quickly and be browned before they are cooked all the way through. If the oil is too cool, it will soak into the doughnuts and they will be greasy. Neither of those would be very appealing. The oil temperature can vary between 370-380, but don’t let it get outside of that range. Again, shoot for 375.

Homemade Doughnuts from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Cut the dough with a floured doughnut cutter. (If you don’t have a doughnut cutter, you can use a biscuit cutter or a glass. Simply poke your finger through the middle to make a hole in the center.)

Homemade Doughnuts from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Homemade Doughnuts from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Cut 3 or 4 at a time. With a wide spatula, slide the doughnuts and holes into the hot oil. Cook them for about a minute and a half on each side, until they are golden.

Homemade Doughnuts from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

As they finish cooking, transfer them to a platter that is lined with several layers of paper towels. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Homemade Doughnuts from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Serve the doughnuts plain, or shake them, one at a time, in a paper bag with granulated or powdered sugar. You could also coat them with a glaze. Store the doughnuts in an airtight container. They will keep for about 48 hours.

Enjoy!

Homemade Doughnuts from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Homemade Doughnuts from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Yield: about 2 dozen doughnuts

Homemade Doughnuts

Homemade Doughnuts from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Homemade doughnuts take me straight back to my childhood. Tender cake wrapped with the sweetness of the sugar coating.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 Tb shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 1/2 c self-rising flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 c milk
  • Vegetable oil
  • additional self-rising flour for kneading
  • granulated or powdered sugar for coating

Instructions

  1. To begin, pour 2-3 inches of vegetable oil into a Dutch oven or heavy pot. Start heating the oil. This will take a while, so you can prepare the dough while it is heating. Your target temperature is 375 degrees (F).
  2. In your mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, shortening and eggs. Add in 2 cups of the self-rising flour, the cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well. Pour in the milk and mix again. Add in another 1 1/2 cups of self-rising flour. Mix until smooth.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface. With floured hands, knead the dough, adding additional flour as needed until you have a soft, yet manageable dough. Pat the dough out to 3/4 inch thick.
  4. About now, your oil should be heated. You will need to monitor this closely and adjust the stove as needed to keep the temperature steadily at 375 (F). IF the oil gets too hot, the doughnuts will cook too quickly and be browned before they are cooked all the way through. If the oil is too cool, it will soak into the doughnuts and they will be greasy. Neither of those would be very appealing. The oil temperature can vary between 370-380, but don’t let it get outside of that range. Again, shoot for 375.
  5. Cut the dough with a floured doughnut cutter. (If you don’t have a doughnut cutter, you can use a biscuit cutter or a glass. Simply poke your finger through the middle to make a hole in the center.)
  6. Cut 3 or 4 at a time. With a wide spatula, slide the doughnuts and holes into the hot oil. Cook them for about a minute and a half on each side, until they are golden.
  7. As they finish cooking, transfer them to a platter that is lined with several layers of paper towels. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  8. Serve the doughnuts plain, or shake them, one at a time, in a paper bag with granulated or powdered sugar. You could also coat them with a glaze. Store the doughnuts in an airtight container. They will keep for about 48 hours.
    Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 290mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 3g

This data was estimated and provided by Nutritionix. Accuracy not guaranteed.

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22 thoughts on “Homemade Doughnuts”

  1. These are a great cake donut, but I ended up having to add at least a cup and probably closer to cup and a half of flour to get the dough to a dough consistency. It looked more like cake batter after the 3.5 cups. They tasted great though and I’m going to chocolate glaze some of them and freeze some for later because it made about 18.

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  2. I love that you have the pic of the “donut guy” ~ “gotta make the donuts” in here! Perfect! I love that your donuts look rustic and “homemade” they are wonderful! Great recipe!

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  3. When I worked in a bakery/donut shop I avoided making them at home for years. Homemade donuts are the best though. It is time to “make the donuts” again!

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  4. We never made homemade doughnuts at home, but my dad would bring home fresh doughnuts from the local bakery every Sunday morning as a special treat. These look fantastic and I do remember that DD commercial and every once in a while the verse comes out of my mouth and my teenage girls look at me like I have 3 heads! Great recipe, can’t wait to try it myself!

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  5. Ah…yes, the life of a baker. I used to do the 3am thing, but that didn’t last long :-) What a great recipe. and beautiful presentation!

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  6. I both love and hate that you posted these incredible doughnuts as I am on a diet but have been seriously craving doughnuts like these. Just a few more pounds till my first goal and then I think I deserve a little treat. :)

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  7. We made doughnuts back when I was a kid, but I’m pretty sure they were never from scratch! This is definitely a recipe worth revisiting—your doughnuts look scrumptious!

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