There’s something special about biting into a freshly cooked donut: warm, soft, yeasty, and sometimes crunchy. The texture and flavor are something you just can’t buy at a grocery store and sometimes, your local donut shop just won’t cut it.
Another thing that makes it special is when you involve your kids or those who are kids at heart in the cooking process. Fresh donuts are something we’re sure you and your kids will love and we’ve got 9 delicious recipes to share with you!
Homemade Fresh Donuts Are in a Category All Their Own
1. 15-Minute Homemade Donuts
When you’re craving for fresh donuts and time is of the essence, this recipe is the perfect remedy for that. The recipe only requires 7 basic ingredients and the best part is how simple they are to make, no need for kneading, cutting, or even a stand mixer. Just mix together your dough ingredients, shape out into donut holes and you’re ready for frying!
After they’re cooked, let your children be the chefs when it comes to decorating. They’ll have many options, whether it’s a simple vanilla glaze, powdered sugar, or a tasty chocolate icing.
2. Original Glazed Donuts (Krispy Kreme Copycat)
If you’ve ever had a warm, chewy, freshly cooked Krispy Kreme donut, you just know the feeling we’re describing. However, if you don’t want to make the trip or if you don’t have a branch nearby, why not just make your own?
An added bonus since you’re making these on your own, you get to eat your donuts and the donut holes that come along with them!
3. Baked Apple Donuts
While we don’t think you could ever classify fresh donuts as healthy food, there are healthier versions of the delicious treat. Just like this version, which is baked and uses freshly grated apples in its batter.
Crunchy on the outside, chewy and bursting with apple flavor on the inside, perfectly pairs with a cup of hot coffee on an Autumn morning. While we think these donuts are perfectly fine on their own, glazing them with some homemade salted caramel couldn’t hurt at all.
4. Homemade Bakery-Style Yeast Donuts
All donut recipes are special and we love yeasty donuts for the special work that yeast does behind the scenes. Those little guys create a unique puffy, light texture and have a slightly fermented flavor, and this recipe is no exception.
The dough is flavored with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon and the only decision you’ll have to make is whether to glaze them in chocolate or vanilla. We say go with both.
5. Homemade Cake Donuts
While yeasty fresh donuts are great, cake donuts also have a special place in our hearts. A cake donut gets its lift from either baking soda and/or baking powder.
This gives the donut a more moist and crumbly texture which is similar to biting into a muffin or, you guessed it, a cake. While the donuts are still warm, you can choose to toss them in either powdered sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, or just eat them as is.
6. Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts
As we go down the list, each of these donuts has its own special characteristics and sour cream donuts are special in their own way. Their unique scraggly texture allows them to soak up the maximum glaze and they crisp up like no other once fried.
Also, with no yeast in this recipe, you can have these donuts ready to eat in a little over an hour.
7. Fluffy Glazed Donuts
When this recipe says fluffy, it means fluffy. The key here is allowing the yeast time to works its magic which results in an airy and fluffy texture right before frying. Also, it’s vital to chill in the refrigerator after mixing your dough.
This will give a chance for the butter to solidify resulting in the less sticky dough and allow the fresh donuts to hold their shape better. While we love recipes that are quick and easy, this one takes a bit more time but it is totally worth it!
8. Cheesecake Stuffed Baked Donuts
Sometimes two good dishes come together to make an even more amazing combination. That’s the case here with this combines the luscious filling of cheesecake in the scrumptious package of a baked donut. Be careful when biting into these, they’re a delicious mess to eat!
9. Vanilla Cream-Filled Donuts
Crispy on the outside and a burst of delicious vanilla cream on the inside. Not a healthy version of the classic donut by any stretch of the imagination but worth the smile it’ll put on any child’s face once they first bite into these treats.
Some Final Tips to Remember in Closing for Any Donut Recipe:
- If you have one, always use a deep-fry thermometer to make sure your oil is at the right temperature before frying your donuts. Most donut recipes call for anywhere from 350-375°F, be sure to check your recipe.
- Fry your fresh donuts in batches. If you try to fry too many at a time, you’ll drastically lower the oil’s temperature and the donuts won’t fry properly. Not only that, but they’ll also start absorbing the oil and result in greasy, soggy donuts.
- Generally, donuts are best eaten the same day they are prepared. The longer they stay out, the drier they become.
If all you have is a minute, then this is the perfect donut recipe for you. Emma’s Goodies presents us with a how-to that only needs two ingredients!
And there you have it, fresh donuts for you and the whole family! All donut recipes aren’t created equal, so do your best to find which one suits your tastes the best. Whether they’re baked, fried, sour cream, cake, or yeast, a donut is always a welcome treat.
What are some of your favorite donut recipes or memories? Try any of the recipes up above? Tell us in the comment section below!
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