Yeast-Raised Doughnuts

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18 doughnuts

I've had several requests for soft and light yeast-raised doughnuts. Well, they definitely don't get any softer or lighter than these yummy ones here. Took bites out of 2 just so you can see the fluffy airy insides...soooo soft and delicious!

2 1/2 cups
all-purpose flour
3/4 cup
warm milk
2 1/2 tsp.
instant yeast
2 tbsp.
warm water
2 1/2 tbsp.
melted butter
1/2 tsp.
1/4 cup
1/2 tsp.
vanilla essence
(or you can use cinnamon/nutmeg)
1 egg
lightly beaten

Have an extra quarter cup of flour handy in case the flour gets too sticky you can sprinkle some more a little at a time.

For the Donuts

Add the yeast to the warm water in a small bowl, cover and set aside for about 5-10 minutes.

In the meantime sift the flour. Add the salt and sugar. Stir with a whisk just to combine everything properly. Once the yeast has proofed/become activated (it will have swollen up and become bubbly in the water), add it to the flour.

Now add the melted butter, beaten egg and the warm milk. Stir everything together and knead to form a sticky dough. You can use the hook attachment if you're using a machine, otherwise you can just do this by hand. Remember, you want the dough a little bit sticky. So if it's tooo sticky to handle, dust a bit of flour or oil your hands lightly and knead, but try not to get it too firm as that will not give you light and soft doughnuts. Knead for about 4-5 minutes, then turn the dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover with cling film. Set aside for about an hour or until the dough doubles in volume.

If you are kneading the dough at night and want the doughnuts for the following day, after kneading the dough and putting it in a bowl, cover with cling film and refrigerate. The dough will slowly rise in the refrigerator, and the next day you can just proceed to shape and fry your doughnuts. DO NOT cover with aluminum foil.

Once risen, knock the air out of the dough, turn it out on your work surface and roll out to a little under a half inch thickness. Cut out your doughnuts and set them aside on a floured surface or tray. Keep the doughnuts covered with a light kitchen towel.

Bunch together all the scraps of dough and keep forming doughnuts until all the dough is used up.

Let the shaped doughnuts rest and rise for about another hour.

Heat your oil. If you have a kitchen thermometer, get the oil to about 170-180 C. This is the ideal temperature for frying doughnuts.

Fry the doughnuts, maintaining the heat on medium. If the oil gets too hot, the doughnuts will color too quickly and remain doughy in the center. Drain on a rack until all the doughnuts are fried.

Once they've cooled, you can glaze or sugar-coat them according to your preference. Here are the glaze recipes I used.

Ingredients & Instructions for the Glaze

For sugar glaze, measure out 1 cup of icing sugar, add a few drops of vanilla essence to it, then gradually add warm milk or water a tsp. at a time and mix until it becomes smooth and of a thin consistency. Make this right when you are about to dip the doughnuts as the glaze will set as it dries on the doughnuts.

For chocolate glaze, I just melted cadbury's milk chocolate, added 1 tsp. butter to give it a shine and a tiny pinch of salt to add depth of flavor to the chocolate. Then dip the doughnuts one at a time and place them on a rack until the chocolate sets. If you want, you can add sprinkles or whatever toppings you like before the chocolate sets.

Otherwise you can dust some icing sugar on the doughnuts or even just serve them plain, or top them with some warm jam. Anything you like! :)

Enjoy! :)



great will try this..i recently read that nutmeg is haram

Can these be baked?

They r really temptin!!!

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Hi, sprinkle a bit of flour and knead it in.

Wow!it luks yummy,I'll try it insha Allah,thnx vry much for this great contribution.

I love doughnut a lot ! Thx so much, I will definitely try it.

really great recipe luv the way its explained.
@ amatullah:
nutmeg is jaifel n where did u read its haram? I seriously wud like to read it.
Its a nut which is used in cooking to enhance flavours, whats haram about this.

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Hi, that's a different type of recipe, have never tried the doughnut machine version.

Salamz sis!!!!!! i made dese lovely doughnuts.... All thanks to Allah nd to u....i got vry gud cmnts frm hme....all credit goes to u.......jazakallah

salaam fauzia sis, anything I can add in place of egg??? i want to make them so badly....

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W/Salaam, well the egg adds to the fluffiness, you can try replacing it with 2 tbsp of thick fresh yoghurt. Let me know how they turn out with that replacement, I personally have never made them without egg but normally yoghurt works well as an egg-replacer.

Asslamaolikum...fauzia aapi i tried ur this recipe they turned out perfect & very delicious & yeah i used youghurt instead of egg.......

Today i was craving for donuts but had run out of eggs.....thanks a ton for mentioning the substitute for eggs. Yoghurt worked really well. The dough was soft and more than doubled in size.
The result was super soft chewy donuts.

Hi ..fauzia apu my dough has bcomr very sticky and its impossible to tll and make into shapes..wat to do.:(

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W/Salaam, if you check in the ingredients, I have mentioned that the egg should be lightly beaten. And best to let the doughnuts cool before glazing so the glaze gets a chance to set nicely.

Salaam sis. Can u plz tel me how to make chocolate fill donuts i means chocolate filled inside da donut.......

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W/Salaam, will post a recipe soon inshaAllah.

can ds n md without baking???

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What do you mean Sami? These are fried not baked!!

Oops my bad!!!

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I normally use SAF Instant Yeast. :) Please read this note to figure out why the doughnuts are not rising. Yeast

I am in the process of making these n I feel 18 will be a bit too many doughnuts.. Can we make anything else with this dough?? I want to utilize it completely !!!

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I only have ever used this dough for doughnuts. :)

Fabulous !!! i just love u n all ur recipes though I ended up making all doughnuts...hehehe :-) God bless you fauzia

Fouzia sister i tried this recipe 2 time but the problem im facing my dough is not raising even after 2 days .. i changed my Instant yeast than try the recipe with the new one .. i remember i follow ur recipe step by step .. tell me the solution what to do .. as i experienced this problem first time and i had tried your Bread Cones, Bread pokaras and many other recipes they all turn out very delicious

Please tell me what i have to change or replace to make this yummy donuts ..

waiting for your reply

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Hi dear, strange that the dough is not rising even after you've given it so much time! It normally would mean the yeast you used has not worked well. Are you using Instant yeast? Coz if you are using a different type of yeast, say Active Dry for example, then this could be the reason why your dough is not rising, as those kinds of yeasts needs to be activated with warm water before using, unlike Instant yeast which can just be added directly into the flour. Please confirm.

thx sister i made them again and posted a picture on FB now this time they turn out EXCELLENT what i did wrong i added instant yeast into the warm water .. after that when i read the note about DOUGH PROBLEM i understand the where i did mistake

JazaAllah :)

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It's a kind of plastic wrap. You can use any plastic cellophane bag.

mmmmm, theser very tasty 4 ramadan

how much is 3/4 milk? thanks

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That is about 150ml.

hi,can the recipe be used to prepare them with the doughnuts machine or the recipes varies with this!!!!!!!!!

Why does the recipe state to activate the instant yeast in water first .....if ur not meant to ??
I tried the recipe following the instructions and my dough hasn't risen because I followed the instructions and placed yeast in warm water first. Please clarify and or modify recipe please.

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Fatima, usually Instant Yeast does not require being activated first. It doesn't hurt to activate it in warm water, but it is not imperative. It will work either way. I just find by activating it FOR THIS PARTICULAR RECIPE, the results turn out better than when adding directly. If the dough hasn't risen even though you followed the recipe exactly, then try and check whether the yeast was good to begin with, or whether the water you used was too hot or too cold. When you added the yeast in warm water, did it froth? If it didn't then you may need to get a fresh batch of yeast.

love your receipees, keep em up....

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A glass for the big circle and a bottle top for the inside one.

hi fauzia,do u melt the butter before measuring or u measure then melt it?

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Hi! I melt then measure.

Fauzia could you plz tell me which yeast to use? Every time I make doughnuts they don't rise.

plz tell me what is cling film. wl it be available in peshawar? is there any alternative?

salamz fauzia sis!
cn i knw hw long should we beat the egg? till fluffiness? and we shuld glaze the doughnuts hot hot or after letting it cool after frying? hpe my questions r clear.....:) pls reply soon

Looks yummy,will try it in shaa Allah.

jazakallah sis! i will try it nd let u knw...:)

Salams Fauzia, wud lyk to kno wot milk u used asap..

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W/Salaam, when it says milk it is ALWAYS fresh milk. Anything else and I would indicate it in the recipe.

Salaam Fauzia. How long can you store the doughnuts? I was wondering if I could make these and stock them for my little one's snack. I can change the toppings every time. Please let me know. Thanks!

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W/Salaam, they are good for about a couple of days but stored for too long they may get stale. Wrap them well and refrigerate, then warm them up as needed.

Thanks, Fauzia. If I wrap them and refrigerate, can they stay good for a week?