A delicious homemade treat, these yeast-raised doughnuts are worth the time and effort!
Yield: 24 doughnuts
For the dough
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ cup sugar
- 3 cups bread flour, divided
- 1 package (2¼ tsp, ¼oz, 7g) RED STAR Active Dry Yeast
For the glaze
- 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp boiling water
- ¼ tsp vanilla
Bread Machine Method
- Have liquid ingredients at 80°F and all other ingredients at room temperature. Place ingredients in pan in the order specified in your owner’s manual. Select dough/manual cycle. Do not use delay timer. Check dough consistency after 5 minutes of kneading. The dough should be in a soft, tacky ball. If it is dry and stiff, add water, ½ to 1 tablespoon at a time. If it is too wet and sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time. After dough cycle is complete, continue with Shaping, Rising and Frying instructions below. See our Bread Machine section for more helpful tips and information.
- Dry mixture: Combine yeast, 1 cup flour, salt and sugar in medium size bowl. Liquid mixture: Combine milk, water and oil in a microwave-safe dish or sauce pan; heat to 120-130°F.
- Hand-Held Mixer Method: Combine dry mixture and liquid mixture in mixing bowl on low speed. Beat 2 to 3 minutes on medium speed. Add egg; beat 1 minute. By hand, stir in enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead on floured surface 5 to 7 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Add additional flour if necessary. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe. Continue with Shaping, Rising and Frying instructions below.
- Stand Mixer Method: Combine dry mixture and liquid mixture in mixing bowl, mix with paddle attachment for 4 minutes on medium speed. Add egg; beat 1 minute. Gradually add remaining flour and knead with dough hook for 5 to 7 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe. Continue with Shaping, Rising and Frying instructions below.
- Food Processor Method: Put dry mixture in processing bowl with steel blade. While motor is running, add liquid mixture and egg. Process until mixed. Continue processing, adding remaining flour until dough forms a ball. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe. Continue with Shaping, Rising and Frying instructions below.
Shaping, Rising and Frying
- Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Divide dough into 2 parts. On lightly floured surface, roll each half into a 12 x 6 -inch rectangle. Cut with 2 ½ -inch doughnut cutter. Place on lightly floured cookie sheets. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after touching. In large heavy pot, heat 4 inches of vegetable oil to 400°F. Fry doughnuts a few at a time, turning once, until golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper towels. Glaze doughnuts (see below) or shake warm in a paper sack with sugar.
- Make Glaze: In small bowl, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Dip warm doughnuts into glaze. Place on racks until glaze hardens.
- You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast for Active Dry Yeast. Traditional methods- replace 1:1. Expect your dough to rise faster; always let your dough rise until ‘ripe’. Bread Machines- use ½ tsp Instant yeast (or ¾ tsp Active Dry yeast) per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information.
- Photo credit: Doughmesstic.