Old-Fashioned Donuts Recipe
Here’s a donut recipe that is easy to make. Switch up this recipe to make apple cider donuts by replacing the milk with apple cider and add 1 small diced tart apple. Chef’s tip: Chopsticks or skewers work well to flip the donuts.
Yield: Makes 1 dozen plus 24 donut holes
1 cup whole milk, room temperature
1 whole egg, room temperature
3 egg yolks, room temperature
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups, plus 1 tablespoon cake flour
1 cup bread flour
5 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¾ cup and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 3/8 teaspoon salt
Oil as needed
Powdered sugar as needed for coating
Cinnamon sugar as needed for coating
- Whisk together the milk, egg, egg yolks, oil, and vanilla until thoroughly combined.
- Combine the flours, baking powder, and nutmeg. Sift the mixture.
- Stir the granulated sugar and salt into the flour mixture.
- Place the milk mixture into a 5-quart standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
- Add the flour and mix on medium-low speed for 45 to 60 seconds or until just homogenous.
- Scrape down the bowl and mix for an additional 10 seconds.
- Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Remove the dough and place onto a floured surface. Roll the dough out to ½-inch thick.
- Cut with a floured 3-inch-diameter round cutter, then cut out the center of each circle with a 1-inch-diameter cutter.
- Fry in oil heated to 365 degrees F, about 1 minute per side or until a medium brown color.
- Remove from oil and let drain on paper towels. Allow to cool 30 to 60 seconds and roll in either cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar.