Fried Donut Balls

Fried Donut Balls


These old fashioned crispy round donuts are delicious and you can adjust the recipe according to the number of your serving. Start by adding lukewarm milk into a mixing bowl then sprinkle yeat on top and in about 4 to 5 minutes, little bubbles will start to form on the surface then add the eggs, lemon zest, sugar, and salt, flour and butter. Place the bowl on a stand mixer with the hook attachment and knead the dough for about 10 minutes or until it forms a smooth lightly tacky dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl. If for some reason your dough is too wet, just add some flour a teaspoon at a time until it reaches the proper consistency.


  • 1/2 cup (130ml) Milk
  • 1 tsp/4g Dry Yeast
  • Eggs – 1 each + 1 yolk/75g total weight
  • Lemon Zest – from 1 lemon
  • Granulated Sugar – 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp/20g
  • Kosher Salt – 1/2 tsp/5g
  • 2 Cups (2 Tbsp/285g) All-purpose flour
  • 14g/.5oz Butter
  • Frying Oil (enough to fill the pot halfway)
  • Ground Cinnamon – 1 tsp
  • Granulated Sugar – 2 Cups
  • Sugar – 100 grams (1/2 cup)
  • Vanilla Bean – 1 each
  • 1 1/2 Cup (12 fl. oz.) Milk
  • 33 grams (1/4 cup) Cornstarch
  • Egg Yolks – 3 each
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 14 grams (1 tbsp) Cold Butter


  1. Add lukewarm milk to a mixing bowl and sprinkle your yeast on top. In 4 to 5 minutes little bubbles will start to form on the surface. Once this happens add your eggs, lemon zest, sugar, salt, flour, and butter.
  2. Knead the ingredients for 10 minutes or until they form a smooth, tacky dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  3. Turn the dough onto a flat surface. Use both hands to work it into a nice compact ball.
  4. Once you formed a ball, place it in a lightly greased bowl covered with plastic film. Let the dough rest for an hour to an hour and a half or until it’s doubled in size.
  5. Use a pastry cutter or knife to cut chunks of dough equal to the calculated weight. Work it in a circular motion between the flat work surface and the palm of your hand until a compact ball is formed.
  6. Place each donut on a parchment paper-lined and flowered sheet tray, then cover them with plastic film. Let the dough rise again until doubled in size.
  7. Place the frying oil into an appropriate size pot and heat it to 350 degrees. Once your little donuts have doubled in size add them one-by-one to the hot oil and fry them for about 4 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Dust the doughnuts with some cinnamon and sugar then fill with your favorite filling and serve.