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Indulge in these delicious Doughnuts for a decadent treat


Whether you enjoy a classic cinnamon doughnut with your morning coffee or one that is glazed in chocolate with sprinkles as an occasional treat as I do, this classic recipe for ring doughnuts is great for having in your repertoire.

The secret to a soft, sugary doughnut lies in the kneading and proving process but where does this amazing treat come from?

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The great doughnut debate:

Doughnuts are enjoyed in various forms, however, the origins of these yeast cake-like treats are a debate between New Yorkers and the Dutch. The first publication that references doughnuts was published in 1809 in Washington Irving’s book named a History of New York, while it is also rumoured that the Dutch created the doughnut and their verision is known as “Olykoeks”.

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It was not until a century later that the demand for doughnuts grew exponentially and the first automatic doughnut machine was invented in the early 1900s by a Russian.

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Regardless of who truly invented the doughnut, it is safe to say we love the treat world over. Try this recipe for classic ring doughnuts for the ultimate treat.


5 from 1 vote

Recipe by Robyn Brittow
Course: TreatsCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Moderate




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Doughnuts may seem like something you can only buy from the bakery, but you can make them at home with this step by step recipe.


  • 3 Cups of cake flour

  • 2.5 ml Salt

  • 20 ml of Instant dry yeast

  • 30 ml of Sugar

  • 60 ml of melted butter

  • 250 ml of Warm milk

  • 1 egg

  • 500 ml of oil for deep frying

  • Cinnamon sugar for dusting


  • Sift the flour and add salt and sugar, stir to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and add the butter, milk and yeast.
  • Cover the egg and yeast mixture with a lid and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Once the yeast mixture has foamed up mix all the ingredients together and knead for 10 to 15 minutes until you have a smooth soft ball of dough.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl and allow to rise for 1 hour. once the dough has risen to double it’s size knock it down with your hand.
  • Roll out the dough to 1 cm in height and cut out 18 rounds using a doughnut cutter or glass.
  • Place on a greased baking sheet and cover with a tea towel or cling wrap and allow to rise for another hour.
  • Once the dough has risen, fry the doughnuts in oil until golden brown and cooked through, drained from the oil and coat in cinnamon sugar.
  • Serve warm or cold.

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