The best donut recipe, for delicious homemade donut holes. Serve with a variety of sauces and glazes to make a fun donut bar!
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Lol jk. That’s not what we do here. We discuss recipes, and blogging, and beauty, and all that fun stuff.
So welcome to the latest recipe:
Best Donut Holes
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Today we will be discussing donut holes. The best kind. Thus the title best donut holes. But you figured that out already, right? Good job, you.
Technically, this recipe can be for donuts or donut holes. I’m just super lazy, and have no interest in rolling out donut dough, and cutting donut shapes, and rerolling the donut dough scraps, and cutting more donut shapes, and… It’s so much easier to just take a blob of donut dough, roll it a bit to smooth out the edges (we need to pretend we tried a little bit, right?), and call it a donut hole.
If you want to be fancy and make real donuts, but don’t have time or patience to shape them, you can try this really cool donut dough dispenser to make perfectly shaped donuts each time!
I’ve tried a few other homemade donut-slash-donut-hole recipes, and none ever came out that great. Like, my kids didn’t even want to finish them. And I was like hello? Donuts? With glaze? What can be bad? But apparently, they could be bad.
But that’s not this recipe. This donut holes recipe I made for the first time last year, and my whole family agreed that we struck gold. Donut gold. Donut hole gold. Donut hold?
Safe to say, this is the best homemade donut hole recipe. Dare I even say, the best donut hole recipe ever?
Equipment you may need
- As mentioned above, you can use this handy dandy donut dough dispenser to make perfectly-shaped donuts in no time.
2. I generally just fry these donut holes in a deep saucepan, but a deep fryer would be a great help here. This one from Hamilton Beach is very reasonably priced and has 4 stars on Amazon with over 1000 reviews. That’s a lot of people who are happy with this product.
One thing to note with deep fryers: I have had deep fryers in the past that started shooting out flames because they weren’t cleaned properly and oil got on the heating element and caught fire. This Hamilton Beach deep fryer is able to be taken apart to be cleaned, which should avoid that issue. (Surprisingly, many deep fryers have an oil basket that can’t be removed, so how are you supposed to get the oil out and clean it safely?)
In addition, this Hamilton Beach deep fryer has a few other safety features: the outside will remain cool to the touch, no matter how hot the oil inside gets; and the power cable is magnetic and will snap off the fryer if something gets caught on it, so the fryer won’t tip over and spill hot oil everywhere.
3. If you aren’t using a deep fryer to fry these donuts, make sure you use tongs to fry and flip the donuts in the frying pan. They really make the whole frying process so much easier.
I can keep on yammering, but since the point of this post is the recipe for the best donut holes, and not updates on my crazy life (as mentioned above), let’s get down to business (to defeat… the huuuunnnss…)
Here we go:
Best Donut Holes Recipe
Adapted from Allrecipes.com
1/2 cup warm water
4 1/2 tsp dry yeast (2 packets)
1 tsp sugar
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup (113 g) butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
4 cups flour
oil for frying
1. Sprinkle yeast and 1 tsp of sugar over the warm water, and allow it to sit until foamy.
This is what the yeast should look like when it’s fully proofed and foamy
2. Meanwhile, warm the milk and butter over medium-low heat until butter is melted and small bubbles start to appear on the surface of the milk.
3. Put the sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Pour melted butter and milk over the sugar and salt, and mix until the sugar dissolves.
4. Allow the milk-butter-sugar-salt mixture to sit for a few minutes to cool off, if necessary. (It should still be warm, but not hot.)
5. Add 2 cups flour, eggs, and the yeast mixture to the milk mixture, and stir to combine.
6. Add the remaining 2 cups of flour and knead for a few minutes until a soft dough forms. Add a bit more flour if dough is too sticky (but not too much. It’s ok if the dough is a little sticky.)
Donut dough, before rising. Look how tiny it is!
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7. Cover the dough and let it rise until doubled, around 1 hour.
And here’s the donut dough after rising. See how much it grew!
8. Form small balls of dough, and let them rise for another 40 min to an hour.
All the little donut holes in their nice little rows, before rising a second time
And here’s the donut holes after they rose!
9. Heat oil in a deep saucepan or pot. Fry the donut holes for a few minutes on each side, until lightly browned.
See the little donut holes, sizzling in a pan… (why yes, that is a quote from a song my 5-year-old sings…)
Here’s the donut holes once they’ve been flipped! (Use tongs to flip them & save yourself burns and feelings of failure)
10. Let cool, and dust with powdered sugar or your favorite glaze
And here are the finished donut holes! I served them with a few bowls of glazes/toppings, and let everyone dip and glaze how they liked.
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- 1/2 cup warm water
- 4 1/2 tsp dry yeast, 2 packets
- 1 tsp sugar
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/3 cup butter, 113 g
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups flour
- oil for frying
- Sprinkle yeast and 1 tsp of sugar over the warm water, and allow it to sit until foamy.
- Meanwhile, warm the milk and butter over medium-low heat until butter is melted and small bubbles start to appear on the surface of the milk.
- Put the sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Pour melted butter and milk over the sugar and salt, and mix until the sugar dissolves.
- Allow the milk-butter-sugar-salt mixture to sit for a few minutes to cool off, if necessary. (It should still be warm, but not hot.)
- Add 2 cups flour, eggs, and the yeast mixture to the milk mixture, and stir to combine
- Add the remaining 2 cups of flour and knead for a few minutes until a soft dough forms. Add a bit more flour if dough is too sticky (but not too much. It's ok if the dough is a little sticky.)
- Cover the dough and let it rise until doubled, around 1 hour.
- Form small balls of dough, and let them rise for another 40 min to an hour. Alternatively, use this awesome donut dough dispenser to form perfectly shaped donuts.
- Heat oil in a deep saucepan or pot. Fry the donut holes for a few minutes on each side, until lightly browned.
- 10. Let cool, and dust with powdered sugar or your favorite glaze.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 40 Serving Size: 40 donut holes (approx)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g