My kids love donuts. Especially the kind that come in a box from the supermarket. Those things last way longer than they really should which is a bit of a red flag regarding what’s in ’em that makes ’em last that long, don’t ya think?
So, being that I like to bake and all, I decided to have a go at making homemade donuts. With chocolate glaze, of course. Let me tell you, these were super easy to make, not overly sweet, and the kids love them. I’d say that counts as a mommy victory, wouldn’t you?!
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Donut Making Made Easy
The good news about this homemade donut recipe is that you do not need any fancy equipment like a deep fryer. You (and your loved ones) just need some patience as you wait for them proof.
The recipe starts out with mixing an easy dough, letting it proof (rise) for a bit, rolling and cutting out your donuts, letting them rise again, then frying ’em up. The best part is what comes next – the chocolate glaze! Donuts would be pretty boring and plain without this touch, I must say.
And, you can go crazy with decorating them for any holiday (or random Tuesday) – whatever floats your boat! I love the pop of color sprinkles give to the donuts. And the glaze and sprinkles bring just the right balance of sweetness to this donut.
Tips for Making Chocolate Glazed Donuts
- Make sure you have fresh yeast. If it’s been sitting in your fridge or pantry for longer than you can remember, chances are it’s no good and it’s not going to result in light and airy donuts. Go to your local supermarket (or send your significant other back out to the store like I do) and grab some active dry yeast. Any brand will do, as long as it’s fresh it’ll give you the result you’re looking for
- Speaking of yeast, be sure not to rush the first step. The yeast needs time to bloom or come alive, as I say. It should smell, well, yeast-y, and foam at the top. Make sure to use warm, not hot, water, too. If the water is too hot it’ll kill that fresh yeast and your significant other will be none too happy to have to run back out to the store yet again. Unless you guarantee him/her/they that you will make it up to them with fresh donuts
- As I mentioned earlier, you do not need a deep fryer to fry these donuts. You can use a deep skillet or dutch oven. Be sure to pour the oil into the pot then turn on the burner. And, be sure that your oil has reached 365 degrees F before you being frying. It takes about 5-10 minutes for the oil to reach this temperature. A candy thermometer that clips onto the side of your pot is handy for monitoring the temperature as it rises as well as while you’re frying. If the oil is too hot, your donuts will burn and if the oil is not hot enough, the donuts will soak up all that oil and turn inedible
More Useful Tips for Making Donuts at Home
- If you do not own a donut or biscuit cutter, don’t fret. You can use the rim of an upside-down glass to cut out the donuts instead
- When you start frying, have your station set up. What I mean by this is, have your baking tray lined with paper towels and a cooling rack on top so you can place the fried donuts on top once they’re done, have your slotted spoon at the ready to flip the donuts – they only need less than a minute per side to fry then they’re done, so keep close by and a keep a close eye on them as they’re cooking
- Wait a few minutes after the donuts are done frying before you glaze them. I suggest you make the glaze after you’re done frying all the donuts, then dip the donuts and sprinkle them with whatever toppings you choose while the glaze is still warm, before it sets
Made from Scratch is Made with Love
I’m a big fan of making from scratch when you can. It just tastes better and you know what’s in the food you’re eating and giving to those you love. Some things are too complicated or require crazy equipment that regular home bakers don’t normally have.
These homemade donuts don’t fall into either of those categories – they just take a little bit of patience and some sprinkles, if you so choose. Now get in that kitchen and bake up some homemade donuts!
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Looking for more homemade donut recipes? Give these a try:
- Brioche Donuts with Vanilla Cream Filling
- Blueberry Cake Donuts
- Baked Apple Cider Donuts
- Baked Donuts with Ruby Chocolate Glaze
- Plant-based Baked Chocolate Fudge Donuts
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