Its my birthday today! As I think its unfair for anyone to cook their own breakfast on their birthday, I made these delish donuts last night to have a little something special to wake up to. Here is the recipe of the easiest and fastest yeast donuts around!
I love cooking fun breakfast treats for my family on the weekend but I HATE getting up early to do it. This is one of my favorite guilty pleasure recipes, ingredients to plate in ONE HOUR. You read that right, ONE HOUR! And, the ingredients are pantry staples you most likely have on hand already.
2 cups warm water
4 cups flour
2 pkgs yeast
1 tsp salt
Easy. No fuss here. Mix your warm water and yeast in a mixing cup, I do it right in my pyrex measuring cup. Let it sit 10 minutes, make sure its fully dissolved in the water. In the meantime, measure out your 4 cups of flour and plop right into your stand mixers bowl. Add in your salt. Fill a frying pan with 1-1.5″ oil.
Pour your yeast mixture into your flour and using the dough hook attachment, mix well. The dough will be VERY sticky, thats good. Cover with some plastic wrap and give it about 10-15 minutes to relax and rise.
Now, the only “hard” part. Lay out some parchment paper, and grease your hands up real well with some oil. This batter is sticky but wont stick to oiled hands. Start grabbing balls of dough and rolling into bouncy ball sized balls… 1″ or so. Meanwhile your oil should be heating to 350*.
Drop the balls into the heated oil, dont crowd them… I can do 8 at a time in my pan. Because of the rounded shape, they will turn themselves. Trust me, watch them though- sometimes one or two will need help along, but generally they will turn themselves as needed. A deep golden brown and a hollow sound when you flick one with your nail is what you are looking for. I wont really suggest a specific time, because it depends on your oil heat which can vary as you work- but generally 2-5 minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels and then while still warm, roll in sugar.. or… whatever!
I rolled mine in cinnamon sugar, and powdered sugar. Greek Loukoumades could be made with this recipe by drizzling the finished donuts in honey and topping with chopped hazelnuts.
This recipe can easily be halved, or doubled! Just remember for every pkg of yeast, use 1 cup water and 2 cups flour. 1-1-2! Hard to forget, easy to remember- so you can make this any time, anywhere.