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Homemade Traditional deep-fried donuts

homemade traditional donuts

 

Happy Friday everyone!

How was your week? Did you enjoy all the snow outside? Here in Montreal, we had more snow again. All this snow looks great from inside our house but when you have a boy and two dogs who need exercise every day, well it’s not too easy to get out. Anyhow, enough talk about the weather. This morning, I would like to share with you this simple recipe “Homemade Traditional deep-fried donuts”, I found this recipe a while ago, wrote it on two pieces of paper but never gave it a try. Lately, hubby has been begging for homemade donuts, so I gave in and finally gave this recipe a try, only because I love him and I love donuts. He loved how they turned out, me not so much. I prefer the ones with plenty of sugar and filled with chocolate or strawberry jam. These ones are good but too plain for me. To make sure they tasted great, I used my parents and my friends as guinea pigs for the sake of this post. Don’t worry, none of them minded me using them as guinea pigs, they all loved it and were glad to assist. I must tell you, I liked them too; but I didn’t like how the house smelled during and after the preparation of this recipe, the smell of fried oil is not for me and I knew this could not be healthy. But who is thinking of healthy when it comes donuts eh?

Now, please let me share with you these simple steps for this simple recipe:

These are the ingredients we need:

  • 4 1/2 cups of flour
  • 4 tbs baking powder
  • 1 tbs grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tbs salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 tbs unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tbs vanilla
ingredients for Traditional donuts

I started by mixing the eggs and the sugar until light and fluffy. Once the eggs and sugar mix turned white, I added the milk, butter and vanilla extract while continuing to beat.

batter for donuts

Then mix the dry ingredients together and add them to the liquid mixture to form a soft dough.

The picture below, shows you how the dough looks prior kneading it, don’t forget it’s OK if it looks all clumpy. Now make sure you lightly flour the rolling pin and your work surface, I use an inexpensive baking mat from IKEA, it facilitates my work when forming the dough into a ball:

dough for donuts

Once you form the dough into a ball, this is how the dough is supposed to look, now you are ready to start working:

kneading dough

If you don’t have a donut shape cutter, it’s OK. I don’t have one either but I wanted to try this recipe right away and had no time to get one, so I was resourceful and used a pickle jar to cut the large circles and the top of a plastic bottle of water to cut the center :

cut donuts shapes on dough

This is how it looks after I used the pickle jar and bottle of water as donut shape cutters:

donuts dough

Now see, how perfect they look: I was very happy with the results. Don’t they look great? I didn’t need to buy a donut shape cutter or a donut pan. Of course, if you would like to try this recipe or if you intend to prepare many batches of these in the future I suggest buying one:

 homemade donuts dough

This is the first donut I’ve ever deep-fried, I had to take a picture and share it with you. Deep-fry them for 30 seconds on each side, so they come out soft inside and golden brown on the outside. The first ones, I tried I left them for more than 30 seconds and came out too crispy on the outside. Allow for the donuts to drip a bit before placing them on a paper towel which will absorb excess oil.

Tip: only dip the donut in the oil when you are sure the oil is hot enough

deep-frying donuts

These ones below were perfect, they were not hard outside or inside, just perfect. The insides of these donuts were airy:

homemade traditional donuts

I choose not too roll them or toss them in butter after deep-frying them because I didn’t want to add more calories to this recipe. For those of you not counting calories; you could roll them in butter and then add icing sugar on top of it:

homemade deep-fried traditional donuts

Don’t forget, when you knead the dough again, add the holes you set aside earlier and mix them to the rest of the dough to prepare another batch of donuts:

rolling dough with rolling pin for traditional donuts

I used some of the holes to prepare tiny donut holes, as seen in the picture below:

homemade traditional donuts

 

Hope you enjoy your weekend with a nice cup of coffee and maybe a homemade donut.

Thanks again for stopping by!

Here is the recipe:

Homemade Traditional deep-fried donuts
 
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Homemade traditional deep-fried donuts
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8 to 10

Ingredients
  • 4½ cups of flour
  • 4 tbs baking powder
  • 1 tbs grated nutmeg
  • ½ tbs salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 tbs unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tbs vanilla

Instructions
  1. mix the eggs and the sugar until light and fluffy. Once the eggs and sugar mix turn white, add the milk, butter and vanilla extract while continuing to beat
  2. mix the dry ingredients together and add them to the liquid mixture to form a soft dough
  3. lightly flour the rolling pin and your work surface
  4. form the dough into a ball
  5. cut out the shape of a donut on your dough
  6. heat the oil in a sauce pan until is very hot
  7. dip the dough into the oil for 30 seconds on each side until the outside looks a light golden brown crispy
  8. allow for the donut to drip a bit before placing them on a paper towel which will absorb excess oil

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  • cristinacole23 says:

    *sigh* this reminds me of Christmas time as a kid. My parents made these. However, they didn’t look as perfect as yours. The bottle idea for cutting them out is brilliant!! Also, I love your red and blue bowls! Thanks for sharing :)

    March 1, 2013 at 7:15 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Cristina! I don’t remember my parents ever trying these, you have great Christmas memories from when you were a kid :-) (Just read your lovely post about your “nona”). The bottle idea; I had seen it a while ago and when I was considering trying this recipe I remembered about it :-) My brother gave me those bowls as a gift; he knows I love baking :-)

      March 2, 2013 at 1:22 am
  • Pillows A-La-Mode says:

    I love your printable recipe form, Ingrid! Oh, and these look delicious! :)

    March 1, 2013 at 7:19 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Glad you like the printable recipe form Katherine, it’s a nice “plugin” I included and like it, in case someone would love to try one of my recipes; it’s easier then to read the entire post again! & Thank you very much; hubby and my parents loved the donuts :-)

      March 2, 2013 at 1:24 am
  • The Porto Bellas says:

    I just had breakfast… but I think I’m hungry again!!!
    -JulieC

    March 1, 2013 at 9:30 am
    • now at home mom says:

      ha!ha! You know, when I was writing this post last night; I wanted to eat more donuts too but we didn’t have any around! glad you liked them! :-)

      March 2, 2013 at 1:26 am
  • easycraftsforchildren says:

    We like to have some donuts sometimes in my house, but I usually buy them ready from the bakery.
    This recipe would be a good idea to try.
    Have a good day :-)
    Izabel

    March 1, 2013 at 9:39 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Izabel, here too we usually buy them from the bakery or “Tim Hortons/Dunkin Donuts” :-) but hubby wanted them, next time I might try a different donut recipe with “strawberries and chocolate” maybe? Thanks again Izabel, hope you will have a great weekend! :-)

      March 2, 2013 at 1:28 am
  • motherhoodisanart says:

    That’s funny that you mention the smell! My mom used to make these occasionally when I was really little! I immediately was brought back to that smell of the hot oil filling the whole house for a day or two! I think it is a gross smell too but it’s funny how smells can be so nostalgic both bad and good! These look great and very professional!

    March 1, 2013 at 10:37 am
    • now at home mom says:

      I know, the smell was awful; it stayed around for two days (not kidding!); hubby says he didn’t smell a thing! yeah right! I cleaned the kitchen but the smell remained; but you are right many smells can bring different feelings/memories to us! glad you agree with me about the smell! & Thank you very much for thinking they looked great! :-)

      March 2, 2013 at 1:36 am
  • Cul de Sac says:

    Oh, boy Ingrid! they look like the ones my grandma used to make!!! We loved them a bit stalled LOL! my I’m pinning this recipe in case I really need some memories to taste!

    March 1, 2013 at 10:49 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Josee, you just made me laugh! :-) I love it when food brings memories to us! There is a cake my grandma used to make when I was a kid and I miss it very much, she doesn’t bake anymore because she doesn’t feel well, so my mother bakes it for us but this cake will always be my grandma’s cake (happy memories) :-) & Thank you Josee for pining it (noticed higher traffic today) thanks again! :-)

      March 2, 2013 at 1:42 am
  • memyselfandkids.com says:

    No snow here.
    Anyway, I think I once read that donuts are the least healthy food around. Oh well, Dunkin has made a nice living off of them.
    The donuts you show look great.

    March 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Larry! :-) Donuts aren’t they healthy? No, just kidding! my favourites are strawberry/chocolate donuts; need to try to find a good recipe! :-)

      March 2, 2013 at 1:45 am
  • mtetar says:

    As always thanks for sharing, Ingrid. I like these reminds me of some good old fashioned donuts. I will test it out. Be Blessed, Mtetar.

    March 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      My pleasure Mtetar, hope you will try the recipe; they are very much like old fashioned donuts! if you try the recipe, please be aware the smell of the hot oil might remain in your kitchen for two days! :-)

      March 2, 2013 at 1:47 am
  • petit4chocolatier says:

    These look delicious. And I want to make them now :)

    I hope you don’t mind if I reblog your link on my reblog page?

    March 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Judy! hubby and my parents liked them a lot and they ate them very fast; they enjoyed them with a nice cup of coffee! I understand you; when I read some recipes: I would love to try them all right away (specially yours!) :-) & Thank you very much for “rebloging” this post, I truly appreciate it Judy! Hope you will have a great weekend!

      March 2, 2013 at 1:50 am
  • ohlidia says:

    They look delicious! Have always wanted to make donuts at home. Love your mat and the innovative method you used to cut your donuts! By the way…I too live in Montreal.

    March 2, 2013 at 11:05 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Lidia, I am looking for a new donut recipe to try but with chocolate inside! Thanks for the mat, I got it a while ago from IKEA. Can you believe this! we are in the same city! I love how the blogging world brings everyone together; same city or different countries :-)

      March 3, 2013 at 2:44 am
  • rhema3one7 says:

    Good idea for shape cutters :) I’m reminded of my mom’s doughnut challenge for christmas.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:41 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thanks! it was a real “MacGyver” moove! :-)

      March 5, 2013 at 1:49 am
  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says:

    These look scrumptious, Ingrid! We used to make donuts all the time when we lived in Ohio; we would use my M.I.L.’s fry-daddy and just use the pre-made dough for rolls and turn them into donut shapes by hand…but I really would love to try your recipe. I thought the jar / bottle cutter idea was genius! Such a wonderful treat when it’s cold outside and you want to feel cozy inside.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Oh! thank you very much Lauren :-) I’m glad the jar/bottle cutter idea worked and when I make more of these I will still use them because I’m too lazy to go and get real donut shape cutters ha!ha!

      March 5, 2013 at 1:53 am
  • ourlifeinaction says:

    Just pinned that baby – those look DELISH! as usual :-)

    March 4, 2013 at 4:12 pm
  • Lara says:

    Two words: Mouth. Watering.

    March 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Oh! thank you :-) thank you so much! :-)

      March 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm
  • Karen says:

    it says 2 unsalted butter. What is the measurement? Cups, tbsp, tsp? Don’t want to mess with perfect donuts!

    June 7, 2013 at 9:46 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you so much Karen for letting me know about this! It’s 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter! I updated the post and the recipe to print! I appreciate you letting me know about this! :-) Hope you will like the donuts too! & thank you for stopping by today! :-)
      Ingrid

      June 7, 2013 at 9:58 pm
  • Kristi says:

    What kind of oil did you use, please?

    September 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm
  • Bonnie says:

    haven’t tried these yet but my Mom always used lard to fry the donuts in. Oil seems to soak into the dough too much.

    September 24, 2013 at 3:18 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you so much for this tip! didn’t think about lard but yes, I will have to try it! thanks so much for letting me know! I appreciate it! :-)

      September 24, 2013 at 7:10 pm

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