Light and airy yeast doughnuts

Want to experience the "hot and fresh" neon sign light and airy doughnuts in your own kitchen? These yeast risen and fried doughnuts will rise to meet those expectations.
8 ring doughnuts and 8 doughnut holes
schedule 25 minutes
schedule 15 minutes
schedule 11 hours and 10 minutes


Doughnut dough
  • 360 grams all-purpose flour (3 cups)
  • 50 grams granulated sugar (1/4 cup)
  • 4 grams salt (1/2 teaspoon)
  • 9 grams instant yeast (2 teaspoons)
  • 1 whole large egg
  • 227 grams milk (1 cup)
  • 28 grams butter, softened (2 tablespoons)
  • 3 grams vanilla extract (1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1.5 to 2 quarts peanut or vegetable oil for frying (up to 1.5 inches deep in your pot/pan)
Doughnut glaze
  • 1 12 cup confectioners' or powdered sugar
  • 14 cup milk
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla extract


Weigh all ingredients into the bowl of your stand mixer. Knead in your stand mixer on medium for 15 to 20 minutes. If you do not have a stand mixer, you need to knead by hand for at least 20 minutes until the dough becomes smooth.

During the 15 to 20 minutes of kneading, the dough starts off sticky but after 15 minutes it will be smooth and the dough should start pulling off the inside of the mixing bowl. 

After the dough is smooth, add to a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let the dough rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

After the dough has risen for an hour and nearly doubled in size, place it in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 8 hours. This step is to cool the dough so it is easier to manipulate and handle during the cutting process.

Once the dough is cooled, place it on a counter and roll it out to 1/2" thickness. Use two circle cutters to punch out 3  to 4-inch donuts. I use a 3 1/4-inch large cutter.

Place each cut doughnut on its own 5-inch square of parchment that has been lightly oiled to prevent sticking.

Once the dough is on its own parchment paper, cut 1 to 1.5-inch circles in the middle. I use a 1 1/4-inch small cutter to cut out the holes.

All the doughnuts to rise and proof again for 15 to 30 minutes.

In a large pot bring 2 quarts of peanut oil or frying oil up to 360 degrees F (182 C).

Fry doughnuts in batches of 3 to 4 for 3 to 4 minutes flipping halfway through the cooking process. If your oil stays near 360 F you should just need to cook until both sides are a nice golden brown color. The inside should be cooked fully at this point. 

As each of your doughnuts is cooked, lay them to rest and cool off on a paper towel-lined cooling rack or just paper towels on a sheet pan. Allow the doughnuts to cool for at least five minutes while you make the glaze.

Add 1 1/2 cups confectioners' or powdered sugar to a large bowl. Add vanilla extract. In your microwave or on a pot on the stove, bring the milk up to a lukewarm temperature and then add it to the sugar and whisk to combine fully. 

Glaze each doughnut one at a time by dipping it into the glaze and flipping it over once or twice. Move the glazed doughnuts to a cooling rack over a sheet pan to rest. The glaze will drip off so placing it over a sheet pan will minimize cleanup.

Once the doughnuts have rested for a minute or two after glazing, they are ready to serve. 

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