Easy, Easier, and Easiest Ways to Make Donuts
When I was a child, college students would come through the neighborhood selling "Spudnuts"—raised potato donuts. They were light and soft, puffy and a little crispy on the outside with a sugary glaze that flaked when you bit them. They were absolutely delightful.
Easy donuts. You can make the same raised donuts. The really easy way is with a mix. Mix the dough with your stand-type mixer or bread machine. Let it rise, pat it down, cut the shapes, let it rise again, and fry them. There's waiting time but not much prep time. And they are almost foolproof.
My “go to” mix for raised donuts is a Sour Cream Potato Roll Bread Mix. It’s a bit richer than most bread recipes and is made with sour cream and potato flour. It’s perfect.
To glaze your donuts, mix 2 cups powdered sugar with 1/4 cup milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Dip the warm donuts in the glaze.
If you can make donuts, you can make filled donuts. It’s easy. In fact, you can fill a dozen of them in a minute. Just don't cut the centers out, cut only round circles, and let them rise and cook as other raised donuts. To fill them, use premade pastry filling. Cut a 1/4-inch corner off a bag of pastry filling. Poke the corner into the top of the donut and squeeze. Use Bavarian cream, raspberry, lemon or more. (By the way, this is the same way that you fill cupcakes—just poke and squeeze.)
Easier donuts. Bake them like donuts—in a donut pan. If you can make muffins, you can make baked donuts. Mix thebatter and pour it into a baked donut pan—it bakes them in a donut shape. They're cake donuts, not yeasted donuts. Because they're baked instead of fried, there's less fat. They're still crispy and you can frost them and decorate them. Cool.
Easiest donuts! Squeeze the handle, make a donut! The donut shops use a batter drop donut dispenser for cakedonuts.
Squeeze the handle and the batter drops out in an "O" into the hot oil. It's a slick, quick way to make cake donuts. If you like cake donuts, this is the way to go.
Okay, you've got three different ways to make donuts plus filled donuts: Raised donuts, baked donuts, and cake (fried) donuts.
There you go—three ways to make donuts, one baked and two fried. It’s a great project for a lazy afternoon—the dough has to rest for awhile but you don’t invest much time in them. If it’s summertime, you don’t have to turn the oven on.
My suggestion? Pick up a couple mixes and some pastry filling. If you never get around to making the donuts, you can use the pastry filling to fill cupcakes and the mixes for great dinner rolls for Sunday dinner.
Don't have a donut pan? Learn how to make them in a mini bundt pan in this free e-book.