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The Best Classic Glazed Doughnuts

January 12, 2023
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The Best Classic Glazed Doughnuts that are sure to be a crowd-pleaser for everyone involved----kids and adults-alike!

The Best Classic Glazed Doughnuts

These Best Classic Glazed Doughnuts are the ultimate baking sweet treat that everyone loves no matter the season! They are super airy, soft, with a slight crunch, and are a delicious addition that comes loaded with classic vanilla flavor and fried to perfection. Truly a great homemade version of one of the most popular sweet treats! Dairy-free option.

Homemade Classic Glazed Doughnuts

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When it comes to donuts or doughnuts (it depends on how you spell it), I'm such a huge lover of these sweet treats. Usually, I enjoy baking my doughnuts rather than frying, however, with these Best Classic Glazed Doughnuts, I had to make them the traditional way because they deserve it! Haha. Trust me ---- once you make a batch of these, you won't regret it. They live up to their name of being the best.

Growing up, glazed doughnuts were my absolute favorite types of donuts and they still are! I just love how simple they are but the full burst of vanilla flavor that you get with each bite along with the airy, flaky-like texture that they offer. There's just something about the texture of a good glazed doughnut that I can't explain.

Plus, I love the fact that they are so easy to make and the fact that they are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Truly a win in my opinion.

Of course, if you're truly a donut lover, then I recommend trying my Vegan Glazed Donut Holes with Sprinkles, which are a healthy dairy-free version of your childhood favorite treat. Colorful rainbow sprinkles and a sweet vanilla glaze make two-bite snacks loved by kids and adults!

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What is the Difference Between Baked + Fried Doughnuts? 

In case you are new to making your own doughnuts or you just didn't really understand the fully difference between the two---I wanted to break down the real distinction between a baked doughnut and fried one. Granted, both types taste absolutely amazing, however, once you've tried both, you'll notice the difference while eating.

Baked Doughnuts: These types of doughnuts are generally whipped together in a bowl (generally without yeast) and are lighter in texture. They can also be "cakey" depending on the ingredients used.

Fried Doughnuts: These types of doughnuts are generally denser in texture and have a bit of a crunchiness (on the outside) from being deep-fried. They typically have a sweeter flavor and richer texture.

Homemade Classic Glazed Doughnuts

How to Make The Best Classic Glazed Doughnuts

These Classic Glazed Doughnuts come with two main components: the donuts themselves and the light vanilla glaze. Let's break down what you need to know to master both.

To start, you activate your yeast by mixing the warm melted butter, milk and a bit of sugar together and letting it sit for a few minutes until it "a foam-like layer is formed atop mixture". Then you whisk together all dry ingredients, add in the wet ingredients, and stir until combined. Knead the dough for a few minutes until it becomes "elastic-like" and then add it to a greased bowl and let it rise for 1 hour.

Roll out risen dough unto a floured surface, cut out doughnuts, fry them in heated oil, drain, and let slightly cool. Make the glaze, top warm doughnuts with glaze, let it set a bit, and enjoy!

Ingredients for Classic Glazed Doughnuts

Here's what you need for these airy Classic Glazed Doughnuts:

  • All-purpose flour. I use organic flour from Bob's Red Mill.
  • Pastry flour. You can find this from Bob's Red Mill. It creates a lighter, airy texture when mixed with all-purpose flour.
  • Cinnamon. For a bit of spice flavor. You'll need just a pinch!
  • Cane sugar. You could also use coconut sugar.
  • Instant yeast. Also called Rapid Rise Yeast.
  • Salt. Helps to amplify sweet flavor.
  • Eggs. These should be at room temperature for easy blending.
  • Eggs yolk. This adds additional fat content to the donuts for extra rich-flavor.
  • Almond milk. You can use regular milk, or any dairy-free milk you like. This is for both the dough + glaze!
  • Butter. Use warm, unsalted melted butter---not hot!
  • Vanilla extract. The pure vanilla is the best flavor.
  • Powdered sugar. If you use granulated sugar, your frosting will have a gritty texture, so I highly recommend powdered sugar.

Homemade Classic Glazed Doughnuts

Can I Knead By Hand Instead of Using a Mixer?

Absolutely! Usually, I make these classic glazed doughnuts via my electric stand-mixer which has the appropriate attachments for the kneading process, however, with there are plenty of times with these doughnuts, I have had the pleasure of doing this all by hand and it wasn't difficult.

It just requires a bit more arm work, that's all! Plus, there’s nothing that a light drizzle of flour can’t help, right?! You'll basically follow all steps for making the dough in a large bowl and once it begins to come together and can form a ball, then you'll begin working the dough in a front-to-back and folding motion a few times until you begin to feel the dough "soften" and become elastic-like. It took me about 5-6 minutes or so total. Not bad!

The Best Oil to Fry Your Glazed Doughnuts

One of my biggest reasons for not often frying my doughnuts is the fact of having to do so in oil. Baked doughnuts skip that whole ordeal and helps you to keep things healthier instead. However, with these Classic Glazed Doughnuts, I chose to fry them in a healthier oil and it worked wonders. Instead of canola oil,  you can use the following oils for frying doughnuts:

  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Vegetable oil (I recommend at least using organic)
  • Sunflower oil
  • Sesame oil

Homemade Classic Glazed Doughnuts

EQUIPMENT FOR FRYING DONUTS

When it comes to making these classic glazed doughnuts, you'll only need a few pieces of equipment: Spider Skimmer, Doughnut Cutter, and a few others.  If you’re a donut fan, I highly recommend adding these to your kitchen toolbox. You’ll never have to go out for donuts again, and you can always customize the ingredients, flavors, and decorations of your breakfast pastries!

The easiest way to fry doughnuts can be in a deep dutch oven or a medium-sized frying pan. Whichever you choose, it doesn't matter because either can get the job done.

The last piece of equipment you’ll need is a wire cooling rack. Ensure your donuts are fully cooled before glazing them. Waiting for these treats to cool is the hardest part of the whole recipe!

SHOP MY FAVORITE BAKEWARE ITEMS AND ACCESSORIES!

Here, I’ve curated a list of bakeware essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baking treats, especially with these Best Classic Glazed Doughnuts. Everything from my fave baking sheets, parchment paper, mixing bowls, and more. SEE THEM HERE!

Homemade Classic Glazed Doughnuts

Tips and Tricks for Making the Best Classic Glazed Doughnuts

Due to many delicious attempts at perfecting this recipe, I have come across some very helpful tips that will ensure a perfectly fried classic glazed doughnut.

NEVER OVERHEAT THE MILK!

It is so important that your milk is warm, but NOT hot! It should be warm to the touch. If you find that your milk has overheated, allow it to cool before adding the yeast. Milk that is too hot will kill the yeast and you won't get the big, fluffy rise in the dough. We want these doughnuts super fluffy, and that's only possible when the yeast is bloomed properly.

 USE VERY WARM MELTED BUTTER.

Like in my first point, we need the melted butter to be warm NOT hot to ensure that the yeast is bloomed and activated properly.

DO NOT WORRY ABOUT OVER-MIXING!

I know it sounds weird, but hear me out. With cakes and cookies, you never want to overwork a dough because working develops the gluten in the flour. Gluten development leads to a chewy, unpleasant texture in cakes and cookies, making them dense and heavy. Because these classic doughnuts use a yeast dough, it is required to develop the gluten in the dough. The yeast brings elasticity that lightens and fluffs the dough, much like bread dough. When making these doughnuts, keep on mixing even after you think you've mixed enough!

USE A PASTRY FLOUR MIX.

After much trial and tribulation, I have found that a mix of pastry flour and all-purpose flour is the perfect combination for these classic glazed doughnuts. The pastry flour gives a tender, airy, "light" texture that I think is perfect for these doughnuts.

INVEST IN THE RIGHT TOOLS!

For these doughnuts, you don't need a ton of tools to get the job done, however, you can definitely invest in a great doughnut cutter, skimmer for frying, and the usually things like a wire cooling rack, baking sheet, mixing bowls, etc. for the best doughnut making process.

Homemade Classic Glazed Doughnuts

Can I Use Another Plant-Based Milk for these Classic Glazed Doughnuts?

Yes, you can use any dairy-free milk you like to make these classic glazed doughnuts. Here are some easy recipes to make your own milk that’s cheaper and so easy!

Pastry Flour vs. All-Purpose Flour.

When it comes to the main ingredient of this entire recipe—-the flour, I enjoy using Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All-Purpose Flour, which is ideal for all kinds of baking, including this one.

However, I do occasionally use Pastry Flour which adds a nice airiness, "light" feel, and fluffiness to your donuts/doughnuts as well.

Homemade Classic Glazed Doughnuts

Serving & Storing Suggestions for Classic Glazed Doughnuts

Who doesn’t like to start their day with a homemade doughnut, right? These classic glazed doughnuts are a perfect weekend breakfast treat or as a great dessert right after dinner. Serve them with this easy Iced Chai Tea Latte or Ultimate Fall Spice Latte in the cooler months, or with refreshing Starbucks Copycat Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso in warmer months, or this Vegan Gingerbread Latte in the winter!

The doughnuts are best enjoyed the day they’re made. Leftovers can be stored in a tightly sealed container and best if placed in the refrigerator for up to 3 days for ultimate freshness.

FREEZE (LONGER STORAGE): For longer storage, freeze the donuts (uncoated) in an airtight container for up to three months. To serve, defrost the donuts on the counter for several hours. Add the sugar coating just before serving.

RAPID (INSTANT) RISE YEAST VS. ACTIVE DRY YEAST

If you’re not using the Rapid Rise Yeast for this recipe, please know that the rise time will be twice as long (about 3 hours) since regular Active Yeast doesn’t work as quickly.

Can I Make Dairy-Free Classic Glazed Doughnuts?

Yes, indeed! To make these Classic Glazed Doughnuts entirely dairy-free, simple ensure that you use a plant-based milk as well vegan butter instead of unsalted.

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Homemade Classic Glazed Doughnuts

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The Best Classic Glazed Doughnuts

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The Best Classic Glazed Doughnuts that are sure to be a crowd-pleaser for everyone involved----kids and adults-alike!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Rise Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 20 mins
Serves: 14 Doughnuts

Ingredients

DOUGHNUTS:

  • 3 cups organic All-purpose flour (See Notes!)
  • 2 cups organic pastry flour
  • ½ cup organic cane sugar + 1 Tbsp!
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 packet Rapid Rise Yeast  (That's 2 ¼ tsps!)
  • 1 cup WARM water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted + WARM
  • ½ cup Almond milk, at room temp.
  • 2 large organic eggs, at room temp.
  • 2 egg yolks

GLAZE:

  • 3 cups organic powdered sugar, sifted
  • ½ cup water or Almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

TO MAKE THE DOUGH:

  • Combine yeast and 1 tablespoon cane sugar in the bowl of an electric stand-mixer and slowly pour in WARM water while stirring frequently. Allow 5-10 minutes for the mixture to sit and for the yeast to activate. NOTE: When yeast is successfully activated, there will be "a foam-like layer formed atop mixture."
  • Add in the room temperature milk and WARM butter to the yeast mixture and whisk until well combined. Add in the eggs (one at a time), egg yolks, and vanilla, whisking to incorporate.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, pastry flour, cane sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt and add them to the wet ingredients and mix on low-speed until well combined and everything begins to form into a dough-like consistency, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Change “Mixer head” to kneading accessory and knead dough for 5-10 minutes on high speed until dough ball becomes smooth and elastic and dough springs back when lightly pressed together with 2 fingers. NOTE: If dough is still too sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time until texture is achieved!
  • Change “Mixer head” to kneading accessory and knead dough for 5-10 minutes on high speed until dough ball becomes smooth and elastic and dough springs back when lightly pressed together with 2 fingers. NOTE: If dough is still too sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time until texture is achieved!
  • Lightly grease a large bowl with a small amount of olive oil and place the dough ball in the bowl, tossing it around until coated. Cover with plastic wrap (or a towel) and let sit for 1 hour, allowing the dough to rise and double in size. 

ROLL + CUT DOUGH:

  • Add a bit of flour to a surface and place the risen dough onto it, lightly adding a bit of flour to the top. Using a rolling-pin, roll out the dough into a rectangular shape----approximately 9″x14 and ½-inch thick. NOTE: Try not to make the dough too thin or else your doughnuts will be thin and a little hardened once fried.
  • Using a donut cutter (about 3.5 inches), cut out doughnuts and place them unto a flat surface with parchment paper to avoid them from sticking to surface or each other. Repeat until all doughnuts are cut out.

HEAT OIL:

  • In a medium-sized dutch oven pot, heat 3-4 cups of oil over medium-low heat. Add a few doughnuts to heated oil (about 3-4 at a time if they fit) and fry on each side until golden brown. Using a skimmer, transfer the fried doughnuts from the oil unto a plate lined with paper towel to further drain any excess oil. Repeat until all doughnuts are fried and transferred to paper towel.

TO MAKE THE GLAZE:

  • Whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and Almond milk until smooth and consistency is met.
  • Line your warm doughnuts unto a rack side by side and using a large spoon or measuring cup (about ½ cup), add the glaze atop each doughnut until fully covered. Allow the glaze to slide down the sides and let everything "set" for 4-5 minutes until the glaze hardens.
  • Once all doughnuts are glazed, serve and enjoy!
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Leftovers can be stored in a tightly sealed container and best if placed in the refrigerator for up to 3 days for ultimate freshness.
  • FREEZE (LONGER STORAGE): For longer storage, freeze the donuts (uncoated) in an airtight container for up to three months. To serve, defrost the donuts on the counter for several hours. Add the sugar coating just before serving. 
  • RAPID (INSTANT) RISE YEAST VS. ACTIVE DRY YEAST: If you’re not using the Rapid Rise Yeast for this recipe, please know that the rise time will be twice as long (about 3 hours) since regular Active Yeast doesn’t work as quickly.
  • DAIRY-FREE OPTION: To make these Classic Glazed Doughnuts entirely dairy-free, simple ensure that you use a plant-based milk as well vegan butter instead of unsalted. 
  • FLOUR: If you don't have pastry flour, feel free to substitute with all-purpose flour.
  • OIL: Instead of canola oil,  you can use the following oils fro frying doughnuts: coconut oil, avocado oil, vegetable oil, sunflower oil.

Nutrition

Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 78IU | Vitamin C: 0.001mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg

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