I love a good donut and I wouldn’t say no if you offered me one. But I don’t always have money to buy them so I decided to learn how to make them. You can too, I’ll show you how!
Here’s what you’ll need:
A large bowl, a little bowl, a plastic bag, a cup, a saucer, a pot, and a hotplate.
• 7 g dried yeast
• 200 ml warm milk
• pinch salt
• 220 g plain flour
• 80 g caster sugar
• 2 tbsp veg oil
• 2 l oil for frying
• 1 pinch cinnamon or coconut to dust
Step 1: Activate the yeast
My first attempt at making donuts was an epic fail! Why? Because I didn’t “activate” the yeast. Don’t make the same mistake I did, so in a little bowl, place the warm milk, pinch of salt and yeast and stir. Leave it for 5 minutes to activate and thicken.
Step 2: Mix the remaining ingredients
Throw vegetable oil into a large bowl and mix together with the yeast and flour to make dough. Add a little more flour or milk if needed to get the dough thick enough to roll.
Step 3: Knead the dough
Knead the dough, massage it roughly using your hands. Wrap/cover the dish with a plastic bag and allow it to stand in a warm place for at least an hour or so.
Step 4: Roll and cut
Heavily sprinkle some flour on a flat surface (cupboard top or cutting board) and roll the dough out to the thickness of 2cm. Place the saucer face down on the dough and cut out a large circle from the dough. Cut out a smaller circle in the centre ring by using your cup.
Step 5: Fry the donuts
In a pot, heat 2 cups of oil and when hot, slowly lower the doughnut rings into the hot oil, careful not to lose their shape. Fry the doughnuts for about 90 seconds on each side or until golden.
Step 6: Toss donuts in sugar
Mix the caster sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Once the doughnuts are cooked, lift them out of the oil, allowing to drip dry for a few seconds, then toss them in the sugar mixture.
Step 7: Enjoy!
Leave the doughnuts to cool slightly, but they are best eaten warm. You can dunk them in strawberry jam or enjoy them with a warm chocolate sauce.
Tell us: What source or coating do you like on your donuts?