Who doesn’t love a warm homemade glazed donut?! Donuts are my weakness and I’m so glad I finally got over my fear of making yeast donuts. Turns out they’re so easy to make, the ingredients are simple, and once they are done you will be left with a delicious fluffy spiced yeast donut. Not only will we cover, how to make homemade glazed donuts, we will also make a spiced glaze, chocolate icing, and a cream filling.
Here are the the basic steps to making a donut:
- Prepare the yeast
- Make the dough
- Let the dough rise
- Shape the dough
- Let the dough rise, again
- Fry the donuts and glaze
How to Make Homemade Glazed Donuts
Whisk the warm milk, yeast, and 1/3 cup of sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, until combined. Cover the bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes until it becomes frothy on top. If it does not froth up, you will need to start over with new yeast. This is a sign that you have old yeast.
On low speed add in the eggs, melted butter, vanilla extract, remaining sugar, nutmeg, pumpkin spice (optional), and salt to the yeast mixture, stir to combine then add in half of the flour. Add the remaining flour and continue to beat until the dough begins to pull away from the bowl. If the dough is too wet add in more flour one tablespoon at a time. The dough should be slightly sticky, not dry.
Gently roll the dough out onto a floured surface and gently knead the dough until smooth. Grease a large bowl with a little oil or non stick spray then place the dough into the bowl and cover with a dish towl. Let the dough rise at room temperature until it doubles in size, about 1 and 1/2 hours – 2 hours. If you used Instant yeast, 1 hour should be enough time.
When the dough is ready, punch it down in the middle to release the air bubbles and roll it out onto a floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/2 inch thick. Cut out the donuts using a round donut cutter, a drinking glass, cookie cutter, or whatever you have. Cut out center of the donuts using a smaller donut cutter or even shot glass will work. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the cut outs on the sheet. Cover the donuts with a dish towel and let them rise for another 45 minutes.
Pour the oil into a heavy bottomed pot over medium heat, the oil should reach 375°. Line two baking sheets with paper towels and place a wire rack. Place no more than 4 donuts in the oil at a time and cook for 1 minute on each side. Remove from the oil using a large slotted spoon and place on the cooling rack. Glaze the donuts, dip in the cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, or fill the donuts. See the recipes for the glazes, toppings, and filling below.