Twisted sugar donuts


Many home cooks are put off by the idea of making their own donuts, simply because it’s such a hassle. With yeast donuts, there’s a lot of kneading and resting involved, and let’s be serious, no one wants to wait for hours when you have a donut craving! Luckily, these homemade fried donuts are easy to make, and they are delicious.


  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk, warmed to 110°F
  • 1 Tablespoon active dry yeast, or instant yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 6 Tablespoons (3 oz) unsalted butter, softened, room temperature
  • vegetable oil, for frying


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine milk, yeast, and sugar then allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes. Whisk in egg until incorporated.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Attach dough hook attachment to stand mixer.
  3. With the mixer running on low, add 1/3 of the flour mixture. Once the dough starts to come together, add another 1/3 of the flour mixture.
  4. Add softened butter one tablespoon at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  5. At this point, the dough will be sticky. Scrape down bowl as needed to ensure thorough mixing then add the remaining 1/3 of the flour mixture.
  6. Once the dough starts to form, increase mixer speed to medium. Knead for 3-5 minutes until the dough is smooth and soft.
  7. Dough may still stick to the sides of the bowl, but it should be easy to scrape using a spatula or dough scraper then transfer the dough to a large greased bowl.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap or kitchen towel and allow the dough to rest for 30-45 minutes at room temperature until dough has doubled in volume.
  9. Gently deflate the risen dough. Working on a lightly floured surface divide dough into 12 equal parts.
  10. Loosely cover the dough with a kitchen towel. Working with one piece at a time, stretch and roll dough into a 14-inch stripe.
  11. To form twist, place hands on ends of the rope. Roll one hand upward while simultaneously rolling another hand downward.
  12. This will cause the dough to twist. Pick up the twisted dough in the center of the rope.
  13. The tension in the twisted dough will naturally braid together. Pinch end seam together and place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  14. Loosely cover with a kitchen towel and repeat with remaining dough.
  15. Allow dough to rest for 8-10 minutes while oil heats up. Attach kitchen thermometer to a heavy-bottomed saucepot.
  16. Fill the pot with 2 to 3 inches of oil. Set over medium heat until oil reaches 350°F.
  17. Carefully place two or three doughnut twists into the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pot.
  18. Cook for 95 seconds on each side, until golden brown.
  19. Toss warm doughnuts in cinnamon sugar coating. Enjoy immediately.