Celebrate National Doughnut day (or any other day) with some wonderfully fresh homemade doughnuts! You can use your favorite bread dough recipe, including whole wheat dough! It’s really easy, and fun to do with the kids!
- 1.5 pounds of bread dough
- Vegetable oil for deep frying
- Powdered Sugar, cinnamon sugar or glaze of choice
Roll out dough to a 1/2" thickness on an oiled surface or parchment paper.
Use a doughnut cutter to cut out doughnuts and doughnut holes and place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. If you don't have a doughnut cutter, you can simply use a mason jar ring and a small measuring cup, as in the photos below.
Cover with a towel and allow to rise for about 30 minutes or until doubled in size. Meanwhile, heat 2-3" of oil in a large saucepan or pot over medium-high heat. Test oil by carefully dropping in one doughnut hole. The oil should bubble up around it as the "hole" floats. Add a few additional doughnuts or holes to fry. Work quickly and turn each one over after it fries briefly, as they over-brown easily.
When doughnuts are golden brown on both sides, drain them briefly on layers of paper towels. Drop them into a plastic bag of sugar, shaking to coat or dip them in a bowl of glaze.
Place glazed doughnuts on cooling racks with a pan underneath to catch the drips. These are best when served warm, but they may be refreshed by just a few seconds in the microwave. Enjoy!