Doughnut or Donut: dessert eaten as Snack


Doughnut or donut is a type of fried dough confection or dessert food. The doughnut is popular in many countries and is prepared in various forms as a sweet snack that can be homemade or purchased in bakeries, supermarket, food stalls, and franchised specially vendors.

Doughnuts are usually deep fried from a flour dough, and typically either ring-shaped or a number of shapes without a hole, and often filled, but can also be ball-shaped (“doughnut holes“). Other types of batters can also be used, and various toppings and flavorings are used for different types, such as sugar, chocolate, or maple glazing. Doughnuts may also include water, leavening, eggs, milk, sugar, oil, shortening, and natural or artificial flavors.

doughnuts decorated with chocolates and sprinkles
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Types of Doughnuts-

The most two common types are the ring doughnut and the filled doughnut, which is injected with the fruit preserves, cream, custard, or other sweet fillings. Alternatively, small pieces of dough are sometimes cooked as doughnut holes. Once fried, doughnut may be glazed with a sugar icing, spread with icing and sugar on the top, or topped with powdered sugar, cinnamon, sprinkles or fruit.

Other shapes include rings, balls, flattened spheres, twists, and other forms. Doughnut varieties are also divides into cake and yeast-risen type doughnuts. Doughnuts are often accompanied by coffee but can also be paired with milk.

different types of doughnuts
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Shapes of doughnuts-


Ring doughnuts are formed by one of two methods: by joining the ends of a long, skinny piece of dough into a ring, or by using a doughnut cutter, which simultaneously cuts the outside and inside shape, leaving a doughnut-shaped piece of dough can be cooked and served as a “doughnut hole” or added back to the batch to make more doughnuts.

There are two types of doughnuts, those made from yeast-based dough for raised doughnuts, or those made from a special type of cake batter. Yeast-raised doughnuts contain about 25% oil by weight, whereas cake doughnuts ‘ oil content is around 20%, but they have extra fat included in the batter before frying.

ring shaped donut
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After frying, ring doughnuts are often topped. Raised doughnuts are generally covered with a glaze (icing). Cake doughnuts can also be glazed, or powdered with the confectioner’s sugar, or covered with cinnamon and granulated sugar. They are also topped with cake frosting and sometimes sprinkled with coconut, chopped peanuts or sprinkles.

glazed doughnuts
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Doughnut holes are small, bite-sized doughnuts that were traditionally made from the dough taken from the center of ring doughnuts. Traditionally, donut holes are made by frying the dough removed from the center portion of the donut. Consequently, they are considerably smaller than a standard donut and tend to be spherical. Similar to standard donuts, donut holes may be topped with confections, such as glaze or powdered sugar.

holes of donut
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Other shapes

There are many other specialized doughnut shapes such as old-fashioned, bars or a rectangular shapes, or with the dough twisted around itself before cooking.

different shapes of donut
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Here, I have shared one the the easiest and simple recipe to make donuts or doughnuts. They look amazing and delicious. Almost every kid loves to eat it. Donuts can be served chilled or at room temperature as well. It goes well with milk or coffee or you can have it as a snack. DONUTS ARE ONE OF THE BEST DESSERTS MADE IN AMERICA.

different types of donuts
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Preparation Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Serve: 14-15 servings


For donut

  • Plain flour- 1 1/4 cup
  • Hot milk- 1/2 cup
  • Sugar- 6 tablespoon
  • Butter- 3 tablespoon
  • Yeast- 1 teaspoon
  • Milk powder- 2 tablespoon
  • Oil- for frying

For filling of donut

  • Custard powder- 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar- 1/4 cup
  • Milk- 1 cup

For decoration of donut

  • White chocolate- 500 gm
  • Dark chocolate- 500 gm
  • Cream- 200 ml
  • Butter- 2 tablespoon
  • Sugar confetti- as per requirement
  • Desiccated coconut- as per requirement
  • Roasted almonds- as per requirement

Directions for making Doughnut-

Making of dough

1.Take a bowl, add 1/4 cup of hot milk and 2 tablespoon sugar. Mix well and then add 1 teaspoon instant yeast. Mix well and let it rest for 5 minutes.

in hot milk add sugar and yeast. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
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2.Take a plate or bowl and add plain flour to it. Now add 4 tablespoon sugar and milk powder. Mix the dry ingredients. Add yeast milk and start kneading the dough.

mixing flour, sugar, milk powder and yeast to make a dough
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3. If you need add more hot milk and knead the dough. Knead the dough for atleast 7-8 minutes then add butter and knead the dough again. If you think the dough is quite sticky then dust it with some plain flour and knead once more.

add some hot milk and butter and knead the dough once more. Make a soft dough.
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4.Now place the dough in a bowl, cover it with a cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes.

cover the dough with a cloth and let it rest for about half an hour.
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Making filling for the donut

1.Take 1 tablespoon custard powder in a bowl and add 1-2 tablespoon milk and make a paste of it.

make custard paste by mixing custard powder with milk.
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2. Now add 1 cup milk and 1/4 cup sugar in a pan and heat it. Once the milk is about to boil start adding the custard paste to it.

heat milk, add sugar.mix them and start adding custard paste. mix well to avoid lumps
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3.Let the mixture of custard and milk boil. Make a smooth and creamy paste of it. Let it cool before adding it to the donuts.

boiling the mixture of custard and milk. Make a smooth paste.
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Making donuts

1.After 30 minutes take the dough and roll it into a sheet of half inch in thickness. Now cut it with the help of donut cutter. Now let them rest for about 5-6 minutes.

roll the dough into sheet and cut the doughnut with the help of doughnut cutter.
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2.Heat oil in a pan. Add donuts into the oil and fry them on medium flame till golden brown.

Frying of the doughnut.
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3.After frying all the doughnuts take a syringe and fill it with the custard paste. Take a donut and fill it with the custard with the syringe. Filling of doughnut with the custard will make soft from inside.

filling doughnut with custard with the help of a syringe.
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Decoration of donuts

1.It’s time for decorating the doughnuts. Take a pan, add 200 ml of cream, 2 tablespoon butter and 500 gm of dark chocolate. Heat it till a boil comes and then switch off the flame. Mix well and make a smooth chocolate ganache. Now melt the white chocolate with the double boiler method.

in a pan add cream, butter and dark chocolate. Let it boil and then mix well to make chocolate ganache.
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2.Coat the doughnuts with the layer of white and dark chocolate and sprinkle desiccated coconut and sugar confetti (colorful balls or silver balls) on it. You can decorate the donuts, the way you want to.

decorating doughnut
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3.Donuts decorated in different types:

doughnut decorated in different styles.
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  • While adding custard paste in the the milk make sure you add it spoon by spoon and not all at once.
  • Use instant yeast for making this recipe and not dry yeast.
  • While adding yeast in the milk, your milk should be hot. Cold milk will not rise the yeast.
  • If your yeast does not rise in the milk, don’t proceed further and make a new batch of milk and yeast. Do not proceed with the same milk or the donuts won’t rise while frying.
  • If you don’t have a donut cutter, you can use a glass and bottle cap for it. Use glass for cutting the large circle and bottle cap for making a hole.
  • While frying the donuts, do not add too many donuts at once instead fry 3-4 at once.
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