Homemade Raised Yeast Doughnuts

I’ve got to tell you that I’ve never met a doughnut that I didn’t like.  So, I decided to try my hand at making homemade doughnuts. But my little doughnut making endeavor started out as a complete failure. I followed a recipe that I found on Pinterest for baked yeast doughnuts.  While I was a bit reluctant to bake raised yeast doughnuts, the photos looked good so I thought the recipe would be too –  WRONG! To put it (not so) nicely –  the recipe for the baked doughnuts – sucked…  I wasted my ingredients and time to get what turned out to be a cross between a rock and a burnt bagel.  Don’t believe me?  I ended up breaking the failures into pieces and feeding them to our chickens. At least someone was happy with them. Refusing to accept failure, I decided to make another batch.  This time I turned to McCall’s Home-Baked Breads (vintage) cookbook for a recipe.  I also decided  that raised yeast doughnuts were not meant to be baked and I dug out the shortening, thermometer, and big cooking pot. Fortunately, I had success with the second recipe.  The doughnuts were light and airy and tasted delicious just like doughnuts should.  This is the first time I’ve ever made raised doughnuts so I was considerably happy with the way they turned out.

What’s your favorite doughnut?

For a great picture tutorial (and a similar recipe) on doughnut making check out  this post at The Pioneer Woman’s site.


14 thoughts on “Homemade Raised Yeast Doughnuts

  1. These doughnuts look simply divine! I would love to try to bake them, could you please e-mail me the recipe?
    Thank you in advance!

  2. Hi the donuts look amazing could you email me the recipe?i have been searching for a great yeast donut recipe.thanks.

  3. These look beautiful! Donuts have always intimidated me (baking them, that is, not eating them) but you’ve made them look quite achievable !

    1. Thanks for following along Sam! One suggestion for new donut makers. Enlist a friend or family member to give you a hand when you actually do the deep frying. It will make things a little less hairy the first time around 🙂

  4. Yeast doughnuts are on my list of things that I want to make that I still haven’t. Hopefully something that I will get around to but it always seems like a lot of work to eat them for breakfast so I am still working on that piece and they might be an after dinner dessert instead. I will make sure not to do the baked ones when I get to them 🙂

  5. I’d really like this recipie, I to am looking to try my first batch of raised doughnuts due mostly to the fact that I live about 60 from the nearest retail doughnut available. Thank you

  6. Krispy Kreme has some serious competition here. I’m going to have to work my way up the year scale to these. They look like more than one at a time is required.

  7. Oh Eileen! If these were your first attempt at yeast donuts….man…you hit a homerun! Donuts are on my list this year. The reason I’ve not made them up until now….is fussing with the used oil. What do you do with that? Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts have nothing on these beauties! You don’t happen to have a drive thru attached to your home, do you? ‘- }

    1. Thanks Anne.

      I’m working on a drive thru – lol!

      I recommend using vegetable shortening to fry the doughnuts. Once it cools you can put it back in the can. I will probably compost mine, or toss it? I fried my doughnuts at 350 degrees instead of the 375 degrees that the recipe advised. Doing that helps prevent the oil/shortening from burning and allows you a second use.


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