Homemade Old Fashioned Doughnuts

I love doughnuts. 

There. I said it. 

There was a time when a donut was a treat I had once or twice a year. And then I moved into an apartment right down the road from Tim Hortons. Next thing I knew I was buying doughnuts by the six pack. 

So it's surprising that my love of doughnuts hadn't met and married my love of baking until now. 

Honestly, homemade doughnuts have always intimidated me because of the deep-frying. I personally believe that I could live a very full and happy life without ever learning how to deep-fry stuff at home. 

The truth is that I'm clumsy, and big vats of hot oil seem like a recipe for disaster. 

This doughnut recipe has been floating around Facebook lately and, after much nagging, I was finally convinced to make them with the promise that someone else would do the actual frying. 

Since I didn't create this recipe, it seems uncool to copy it on my blog so I will provide the original link here.

The one thing I will say is that I modified the recipe for the glaze for two reasons: 1. Because it looked like it would make WAY too much (and I was right). 2. Because I wanted it to really stick to the doughnuts properly. 

So here is my modified glaze recipe:

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1.5 oz hot water
  • 1 tsp corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1.5 tbs corn starch (this is what makes the icing nice and thick!)

Whisk all that together in a bowl and you have your glaze!

This recipe turned out to be SUPER easy, probably because Old Fashioned Doughnuts usually don't have yeast. There was no need to wait for the dough to rise and no kneading required. If you're intimidated by the idea of making doughnuts at home, definitely give this recipe a try!

What do you think? Have you ever made homemade doughnuts? Do you have any deep-frying tips for this clumsy baker?