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Dazzling Donuts

Dazzling Donuts

This is my favorite time of the year!  Do you remember that Staples' commercial of the parents skipping because the kids are going back to school? I am not only skipping, I am doing a jig!

Dazzling Donuts

All kidding set aside, I love the thought of having a routine again. However, before the mad plunge into hours of homework, papers and projects and exams we had to one last fun summer fling.

Dazzling Donuts

My boys and I made some delicious and dazzling donuts and I must admit it was the perfect rainy day activity to do with your kids before they start back to school.

Dazzling Donuts

Dazzling Donuts taste just like store-bought Duncan Donuts. Soft and chewy with a delicate vanilla icing to really sink your teeth into. I have to admit that a little grease and sugar on a rare day is quite nice. Please note that you will not find this recipe under the diabetic friendly, cardiac friendly or gluten-free recipe section of Bam's Kitchen. However, ever once in a blue moon making dazzling donuts with your kids, sharing some smiles, laughs and a little flour throwing might be just what the doctor ordered! Dazzling donuts taste perfect with a cup of milk for the kids and maybe a cup of coffee/tea for the parents (big kids)

Dazzling Donuts

Grease and sugar make my coronaries scream. However, from a teenagers perspective, it is just what the doctor ordered. My teenagers had a list of things they wanted to make before they go back to the books. A couple of weeks ago we made Twisted Dogs,,and this week we made dazzling donuts.

Dazzling Donuts

My youngest son said he loves making breads as he loves the therapeutic feeling of kneading the dough. There is nothing more relaxing than watching the yeast bubble in the water, mixing the flour in the wet ingredients with your bare hands and then kneading the dough until it becomes soft and pliable.  You could pay a lot of money on massages, herbal therapy and talk therapy to cure your woes or just make some donuts with your kids.

Dazzling Donuts

Believe it or not I have never made donuts, so this was a fun challenge for both of us. I learned quite a bit along the way. I loosely followed the yeast donut recipe from Alton Brown. I learned that when you instruct your teenager to scald the milk in pan you should stick around so they don't let the milk boil and overflow. I learned that my son really enjoys kneading the dough and working with his hands and has a very creative side. I also learned that this recipe was supposed to make something like 24 donuts but I never counted 24 donuts. Hmm maybe that is because they were disappearing before I had a chance to count them out.



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Dazzling Donuts

By HWC Magazine  ,

August 23, 2013

Dazzling Donuts taste just like store bought Duncan Donuts. Soft and chewy with a delicate vanilla icing to really sink your teeth into.

  • Cook: 2 hrs


milk - 3/4 scalded milk

sugar - 1/3 cup (reserve 1 teaspoon to dissolve the yeast)

butter - 1/3 cup (shortening or lard may be preferred but could not find any in HK)

salt - 1/4 teaspoon

water - 1/4 cup warm (95-105F degrees)

yeast - 1 package dry

flour - 4 -4.5 cups pre-sifted all purpose

eggs - 2 beaten (room temperature)

nutmeg - 1/2 teaspoon

vanilla - 1 teaspoon

oil for frying - deep enough to submerge your donuts in the pot you own.

Sugar Glaze

powdered sugar - 2 cups

vanilla - 1 teaspoon

milk - 6 tablespoons


1Scald milk in pan over low heat (be careful to not let it overflow as that would be very messy) and add sugar (keep 1 teaspoon of sugar aside for the yeast mixture) butter and salt, stir and and allow to cool. Set aside.

2In a bowl combine luke warm water, yeast, and sugar and let sit for at least 5 minutes or until the yeast starts to work and bubbles are appearing.

3Add the sifted flour, nutmeg, eggs, milk mixture and yeast mixture and mix thoroughly. (If you have a dough hook on your mixture that would work fabulous, or just mix by hand or with a fork, slowly until it is all incorporated.)  Start out by adding the flour a little at a time. I used about 4 and 1/4 cups flour until the dough began to come together well. It just depends on the humidity and type of flour you are using. Bring the flour to a ball. Knead the flour for about 3 minutes just until worked through. (Do not over knead as then your dough will be tough) Make the dough into a ball and place in a well greased bowl with plastic wrap over it and allow it to double in size. The rising process should take about 30-45 minutes in a warm place.

4Flour your clean counter and roll out dough about 1/2 inch (about the thickness for cutout cookies). I used a glass cup for the circle and a bottle top for the hole. (If you actually have a donut cutter, that would be great but not needed). Repeat with the rest of the dough until you have cut out all the dough. Save the hole as these a great fried up too.

5Place a tea cloth over your donuts and allow them rise for the second time until they double in size about 30-40 minutes.

6Heat your cooking oil in a pan until it gets up to about 375 F or until your wooden chopsticks start to bubble. I suggest you start out with just one donut or donut hole to check for temperature. If it is too hot it will burn/brown on the outside before the inside has a chance to cook. If the oil is not hot enough it will just absorb al the oil and be very greasy.

7While you are waiting for the oil to get to the right temperature, make the donut glaze. In a medium bowl combine 2 cups of powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Set aside.

8Deep fry the donuts a few at a time until golden brown and reove from oil to set on a paper towel to drain. While the donuts are still warm, dunk the donuts into the donut glaze bath. (If you prefer, make a mixture of sugar and cinnomen and dip the donut into the sugar mixture on all side. Repeat with the remaining donuts.

9Serve donuts with milk, coffee/tea or a delightful glass of cider. Enjoy!


  • Those donuts look really good–homemade donuts are the best! 🙂

  • I am doing a jig along with you BAM! My kids went back this week and its so good to have some peace and quiet! I also like the routine because it keeps stuff organised and under control. Homemade donuts are the best. I’m glad you and the boys had a good time making them. They look wonderful!


  • Oh my goodness! Did I read that these are similar to Dunkin Donuts?! My boys would be thrilled if I made these for a Saturday morning breakfast! I love my routines too. My boys go back to school next week and I think they’re ready, though it will hard for all of us to get up so early.

    It’s nice to be visiting here, Bam. I have some catching up to do on your site. Hope you are well!

  • These look AMAZING!!! Ok, so call me crazy, but I do not want my kids to go back to school. I am so enjoying all of the free time we have!! Oh well, all good things must come to an end…

  • I remember that commercial – it’s quite a fun one! These donuts look great. We’ve made only the baked ones, not the fried ones. But the fried ones have so much more flavor! Gotta do that sometime. 😉 Really fun post! Thanks.

  • Yum! And a lovely story about working on food with family. ^_^

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    These look amazing – and it’s your first homemade donuts? I’m impressed. 🙂

  • What a great job you have made of these Bam. They look so delicious, but even more so that they are your first attempt.

  • oooo… I want to buy a dozen please!

  • i love donuts… yeah a dozen for me too.

  • What a clever idea to cut them out – I spent an age shaping them 🙂

  • They look mouth watering!!! I love donuts…. 🙂

  • Homemade donuts? Magic and with the glaze as well 😀
    I want to devour this!


  • Bobbi, your donuts look amazing, they look so perfect with the glaze! I’ve never made them before, I am totally inspired now! 🙂

  • I can still hear that commercial in my head! These doughnuts look fantastic although I am not much of a doughnut eater, believe it or not. You did a great job for your first attempt.

  • How fun, Bobbi! What a great treat for the boys – not only creating great donuts but lovely memories as well.
    Have a great weekend.

  • These look like such amazing donuts, great job!

  • One of my few (okay many) weaknesses is donut and especially glazed ones like yours. Those donuts are very tempting my friend. Have a great weekend Bobbi! 🙂

  • How lovely to step away from healthy and indulge once in a while, eh? It definitely is just as meditative as yoga or a massage in my world. I have been crazy about donuts since treating myself on the drive home from the lake last week. And the donut of choice was a glazed donut.. just like this one! Your boys are so so very lucky to have a great mom like you, Bam!! xx

  • Buona sera, BAM! These sound really good and I bet they taste far better than anything Dunkin Donuts sells. How great that you and your Teens spent some time together in the kitchen to make them. I’d love to make donuts but it’s dangerous when you live alone. I mean, how many donuts should — not “can” — one person eat? Maybe you could lend me your sons for a few days. We’d make donuts and they could eat all but 2 or 3. I’ll toss in a couple pasta dinners for could measure. Deal?

    • Bams Kitchen

      Bonjourno John! My boys are always available on a rental program. If you ever want to shed a few pounds just give me a ring. I promise you will lose 5 -10 pound in one week with my boys in your home… LOL All kidding aside my boys would be in second heaven at your home. John’s special pasta, they would never want to leave!

  • I don’t even remember when did I last have doughnuts. Your post making me crave for some.

  • I for one am NOT looking forward to starting up school again… Less than two weeks now for me, and I haven’t even had time to take a break this summer! A donut would surely sooth the sting of schoolwork though. Actually, I might need a whole dozen, come to think of it!

  • Deep fried yeasted sweet are so perfect for rainy days! It reminds me of my grandmother’s beignets. They look amazing.

  • Hi Bam,
    Wow, home made doughnuts look amazing. Very impressed!

  • glamorous glutton

    These look wonderful, how fab to be able to make a Dunkin’ Donut at home. GG

  • Oh my my. I am loving these donuts!! When I went to Mexico, I had donuts for breakfast every morning.. so I should lay off the donuts for a while. But when I’m ready, I think I may make these, they look fabulous!

  • So good! There really is nothing like a homemade donut, and they’re totally worth the grease and sugar, in my opinion!

  • With the cronuts craze at the moment a good home made donut like this wont be beaten

  • Oh Bam! These donuts look fantastic! I’ve never made donuts before either but you make them look so easy!! haha. Should most definitely give this a try some time! 🙂

  • Hi Bam,
    Looks like you and your boys had great fun preparing this delicious treat,
    Nothing beats home made donuts anyhow 🙂

  • Ha ha I love reading your post. Glad you had a great time making this with him! I have been toying with the idea of making doughnuts so this recipe comes in handy!

  • Look what you’ve done: now I want to make a batch too! 😀 Yum!

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    I love homemade doughnuts! This sounds delicious Bobbi. I can’t believe this was your first try. Well done!

  • How fun! What a great treat, and I love that your boys enjoy being creative in the kitchen! The glaze topping is my favorite! Yum!

  • Ugh, Doughnuts are heaven. These look awesome.

  • Hotly Spiced

    I love the look of your doughnuts. Congratulations. They’re stunning. They look just like commercial doughnuts except we all know they’re so much better for you. I’d love to try to make these for myself xx

  • Oh these look scrumptious! I remember my mother making donuts & there is just nothing like having one w/a glass of milk while they’re still hot. I’ve never made them myself either but you’ve tempted me.
    I remember the end of summer & wishing for the big yellow bus to show up. Once I told my daughter to go outside & wait for the school bus but then she pointed out that it was only July…

  • I love donut season!! Best thing about this time of year 🙂 Yours look irresistible!!

  • Haha I’ve never heard of a donut season! But these do look completely fantastic; good on you for making your own donuts! Wanted to bookmark this but thought better of it– I’ll end up not being able to stop myself scoffing the lot!

  • Cutting those donuts from the dough would be so much fun !

  • Indeed kneading is the best activity for kids. I do it with my son too! These donuts make me drool. Very well done!

  • I knew the minute I saw the picture that you were going off the gluten-free, sugar-free, lactose-free track, which meant you were cooking something especially for or with your boys. How do you manage to make something so complicated (to me) as donuts into such a simple, easy to follow recipe. Glad to see the boys joining you in your kitchen, BAM.

  • I loooove that Staples commercial! Does that make me a bad parent? I do believe that I love these donuts as much as the commercial 😉

  • Jo

    Ugh! Donuts are one of my downfalls!! lol Yummy!!! I think you saw my easy peasy donuts with the refrigerator biscuits… Om nom nom… These look fantastic!!! xo

  • Uh – yum! Donuts are on my bucket list 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • I’ve always wanted to make my own donuts, now I know how to do it. I can’t wait to try out this recipe. Can’t wait

  • Dazzling is right! Yeast donuts are my fave and your son is so wise…therapeutic is exactly what I feel whenever I’m kneading dough…smart guy!

  • I can’t even think straight.. I need these donuts in my life.. I must have them!

  • Bam, this looks so sinful! I am sure, your kids must have gala time tasting these awesome recipe. Yeast donuts are just one of the best things on Earth!

  • omg, iguess i know how to make a dazzling doughnuts rightnow, i thought it was the oil…..
    btw, did this tricks works if i dipped it when the doughtnuts is in room temperature???

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