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Homemade Donuts

Homemade Donuts

Photo: Natalie Levin

When Or offered to host me on his YouTube channel, and to make donuts together for upcoming Hanukkah, of course I agreed. We’ve known each other for a long time and even got to work together on a project a few years ago, but never baked anything together up until now.

Hanukkah was an excellent excuse, and so we met for a baking session and made donuts with a variety of coatings and additions. We made the dough, proofed, fried and decorated them, and Or made a cute video (Hebrew) of the whole process.

These homemade donuts are easy to make, soft, airy and really delicious. You can actually coat them with everything you love. Here are some ideas for coatings, additions and combinations of flavors that we especially liked:

  • Dulce de Leche with bananas and crushed cocoa beans
  • Peanut butter and chocolate sprinkles
  • Classic sugar glaze (Royal icing)
  • Dark chocolate ganache with M&M’s
  • Smore’s donuts – chocolate ganache with burnt marshmallows

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Homemade Donuts

Photo: Natalie Levin

5 from 6 votes

Homemade Donuts

Servings 15 donuts about 7-8 cm in diameter
Author נטלי


For the dough:

  • 350 grams (2 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 11 grams (1 tbsp.) active dry yeast
  • 1 large egg
  • 50 grams (1/4 cup) sugar
  • 175 ml. (3/4 cup) milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 40 grams (3 tbsp.) soft butter

For the topping:

  • Anything you like 🙂


  1. Dough: in bowl of a mixer with a dough hook put flour, yeast, eggs, sugar, milk, vanilla, salt and butter and knead for 10-12 minutes until the dough is soft and slightly sticky.
  2. Cover the bowl and let rise for 1-2 hours or until the dough doubles in volume.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough about 2 cm thick.
  4. Cut into 7-8 cm in diameter circles and cut out an inner circle about 2-3 cm in diameter.
  5. Place the donuts on a greased baking paper.
  6. Roll the inner circles cut (the holes) and place on the paper as well.
  7. Brush the donuts with a little oil on top, cover and let rise until almost double the volume.
  8. In a deep frying pan, heat oil to 180c degrees.
  9. Fry the donuts for about 1-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. The donut holes may take shorter time of frying.
  10. Strain and cool.
  11. Coating: dip the top of each donut in any topping you like (suggestions at the top of the post) and decorate.

Recipe Notes

  • Serve the donuts as much as possible close to frying.
  • They are at their best on the day of preparation.
Homemade Donuts

Photo: Natalie Levin

Homemade Donuts

Photo: Natalie Levin

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