Ring doughnuts are a traditional American treat. In the United States they are part of the culture and come plain or with lots of different icings and toppings.

Here is a recipe for plain doughnuts to which you can add your own choice of icing.
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Last modified on: September 22th 2013

Keywords for this recipe:AmericanTraditionalDoughnutIcing

For 12 Doughnuts, you will need:

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Stage 1 - 3 min.
Doughnuts : Photo of step #1
In a cup mix 20 g yeast with 4 tablespoonsful of warm milk. Leave to ferment for 30 minutes at room temperature.

This makes a yeast-based "leaven" which improves the flavour of the doughnuts.

Stage 2 - 30 min.
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After this time, put 40 g caster sugar, 50 g butter and 350 g flour into a food-mixer bowl with the rest of the milk.

Stage 3 - 10 min.
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Pour in the yeast leaven liquid and knead on slow speed until the dough is evenly mixed.

Stage 4 - 2 hours
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Gather the dough into a ball and put this into a clean bowl. Cover with a plastic sheet and leave to rest for 2 hours at room temperature.

Stage 5 - 20 min.
After this time, roll out the dough and shape the doughnuts as shown in this video. Once they are all on the baking sheet, cover with a plastic sheet again and leave to rest for 1 hour.

Stage 6 - 10 min.
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Heat the oil to 180°C (360°F) and lower in the doughnuts. Fry until golden brown...

Stage 7
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...on both sides.

Stage 8
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Sprinkle the cooked doughnuts with caster sugar.


You can also top your doughnuts with fondant icing or chocolate ganache.

And to drink?

A cup of good coffee.


1 or 2 days in an airtight tin.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,024 Kcal or 8,474 Kj46 gr341 gr53 gr
101 %18 %32 %8 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
326 Kcal or 1,365 Kj7 gr55 gr9 gr
16 %3 %5 %1 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
169 Kcal or 708 Kj4 gr28 gr4 gr
8 %1 %3 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Based on Jamie Oliver's recipe.

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