A simple recipe for warm, fresh, and delicious homemade doughnuts!
Doughnuts remind me of being on holiday (not abroad). We would always buy them from a doughnut truck whenever we went away – I just can’t resist the warm, sugar-coated goodness!
It was my boyfriend who came up with the idea of making them at home. I’m glad he did, these are scrumptious. Warm and cakey in the middle, and crisp, sweet and sugary on the outside. I didn’t add any extra flavourings, besides vanilla, to this recipe, but I bet a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg would take these doughnuts over the edge! See recipe notes below if you’d like to add extra flavourings.
Now, if you don’t have an electric deep-fat fryer, you can use a large deep skillet or pan like I did. You want to fill it up to 1″ of oil, and get it up to 375F/190C. Use a cooking thermometer like this one. Fry one side of the doughnut for about 15 seconds or until golden, then flip and fry the other side. Done!
In a medium bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla until combined.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, then stir into the sugar mixture alternating with the milk until combined. Do not overmix.
Roll the dough out on a floured surface to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into doughnuts using a doughnut cutter, or you could use a large round cookie cutter, and a small one for the centre. Let stand for about 10 minutes.
Heat 1" of oil in a large deep skillet to 375F/190C. Fry for 15-20 seconds (or until golden brown) on each side, then remove from the oil.. Drain on paper towels.
Roll the doughnuts in the melted butter, then the sugar whilst still warm, or frost with your preferred frosting.
You can also add your own flavourings, like 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon! Add these in with the flour mixture before combining the wet and dry ingredients together.