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Basic Yeast Donut by Candidly Delicious

Basic Yeast Donut

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Dairy-free, Kosher, Pescatarian, Vegetarian
Keyword: Chanukah, Husband-approved, Indulgent, Kid-friendly, Nut-free
Prep Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 37 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 212kcal
This Basic Yeast Donut recipe creates easy, crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, donuts than you can fill and top in hundreds of ways for an endless variety of flavors.
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  • Ring Cutters
  • Rolling Pin
  • Deep Fat Fryer
  • Decorating Tips


  • 1-½ Tablespoons Active Dry Yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Cups Shortening
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3-½ Cups Flour
  • 1-½ Tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • Oil for Frying
  • Extra Flour for Dusting


  • In a large mixing bowl, add Active Dry Yeast and Sugar. Heat Water to 110F and pour it over the yeast-sugar mixture. Whisk well. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Whisk in Shortening and Eggs.
  • Whisk in 2 Cups of Flour and the Kosher Salt.
  • Add remaining flour and knead by hand until combined, then 5 minutes more.
  • Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise for 5 minutes.
  • Dust your work surface and rolling pin with flour. Knead the dough for 3 minutes, then roll out to ½” thickness. Cut your donuts. I recommend a 3-¾” ring and a 1-½” ring if you are making holes.
  • Place the cut donuts onto a floured sheetpan and cover. Allow to rise in a warm location for 1 hour.
  • Heat at least 4-5” oil in a deep pan to between 350-360F. Or set your deep fryer to 356F. Fry the donuts in batches. The donuts fry about 1 minute per side until golden in color.
  • Roll in sugar, fill, glaze or decorate as desired. Donuts are best fresh. Store at room temperature for up to 24 hours or refrigerate for 2-3 days. Serve cold or room temperature. Do not reheat.


Serving: 1g | Sodium: 434.4mg | Sugar: 3.3g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Calories: 212kcal | Fat: 7g | Protein: 5.4g | Carbohydrates: 31.6g