No Yeast Soft Donut Recipe (2024)

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My delicious homemade No Yeast Soft Donut Recipe is so quick and easy to make. Just mix, shape, fry and glaze. Oh and don't forget to eat them too 🙂

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This is truly my all time favourite, easiest donut recipe EVER !!!

I love working with yeast recipes, but there are times when you really want a quick tea time treat. Then this is a perfect recipe for moments like those.

There is no kneading or waiting for the dough to rise.

I do have a really great yeast donut recipe as well if you would like to try that out. Just click here to get the recipe.

However, if you want a quick and easy recipe then that is okay too because I have you covered with this No Yeast Soft Donut Recipe.

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Since this is a yeast-free recipe, the texture of these donuts will be different compared to the yeast donuts.

Instead of the airy bread-like texture, you get with yeast donuts, these are of a more fluffy soft cake-like texture. When fried it is soft on the inside with a crispy crust on the outside. So irresistibly delicious.

If you prefer a softer outer crust then glaze the donuts while still hot. As it soaks in it will create a softer crust.

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Delicious sweet toppings

  • Roll the warm donuts in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar
  • Dip in warm melted white, dark or milk chocolate
  • Add a bit of fun with colour sprinkles over the chocolate
  • Drizzle glaze over the donuts as I have done with this recipe.

These donuts are really easy to make with basic ingredients and no kneading required.

WET INGREDIENTS

Start by melting the butter in the microwave or stovetop. Once melted, remove from the heat and add in the oil and milk. Mix until combined and set aside.

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DRY INGREDIENTS

In another bowl, sift the flour and baking powder and Stir in the sugar and salt.

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COMBINE WET AND DRY INGREDIENTS

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the melted butter mixture.

Using a spoon, mix until combined. Add a tablespoon of flour to the dough if you feel that it is too sticky.

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FORM A SOFT DOUGH, CUT AND FRY

Gather the mixture to form a soft dough. Do not knead the dough.

Press out the dough to about ½ inch / 12mm thickness and cut out using a donut or cookie cutter.

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In a deep-frying pan or pot, heat up oil to deep fry the donuts.

To check whether the oil is hot enough, fry a little bit of dough in the oil. You will know when the oil is ready if the dough turns a golden brown and floats to the top.

Carefully drop the donuts into the oil. Allow the donuts to fry for about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.

Transfer the cooked donuts onto a plate lined with paper towels.

Glaze the donuts while still warm ( optional)

To make the glaze, mix 1 ½ cups / 170g powdered / icing sugar with 2-3 tablespoons of hot water.

Whisk well until silky and smooth and dip one side of the donuts into the glaze. Place the glazed donuts onto a wire rack. Allow excess glaze to drip off the donuts.

These donuts are best eaten immediately or preferably on the same day that it has been prepared.

So give these a try the next time you want a quick and easy comfort dessert...really easy and so delicious.

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No Yeast Soft Donut Recipe

My delicious homemade No Yeast Soft Donut Recipe is so quick and easy to make. Just mix, shape,fry and glaze. Oh and don't forget to eat it too. This is truly my all time favorite, easiest donut recipe EVER.

Course cake / dessert

Cuisine American

Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes minutes

Total Time 20 minutes minutes

Servings 20 donuts

Ingredients

US Customary - Metric

FOR THE DONUTS

    WET INGREDIENTS

    • ¼ cup butter
    • ½ cup milk
    • 2 tablespoons oil plus extra for deep frying

    DRY INGREDIENTS

    • 2 cups all purpose or cake flour or plain flour
    • ½ cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt

    FOR THE GLAZE

    • 1 ½ cups powdered / icing sugar
    • 2-3 Tablespoons hot water

    Instructions

    TO MAKE THE DONUTS

      WET INGREDIENTS

      • Melt the butter in the microwave or on the stovetop. Once melted,add in the oil and milk. Mix until combined and set aside.

      DRY INGREDIENTS

      • In another bowl, sift the flour and baking powder and stir in the sugar and salt.

      COMBINE THE WET AND DRY INGREDIENTS

      • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the melted butter mixture.

      • Using a spoon, mix until combined. Add a tablespoon (9g) of flour to the dough if you feel that it is too sticky. Do not knead the dough SEE NOTE 1

      FORM A SOFT DOUGH, CUT AND FRY

      • Turn out the dough onto a floured surface. Press out the dough to about ½ inch / 12mm thickness and cut out using a donut or cookie cutter.

      • In a deep frying pan or pot, heat up oil to deep fry the donuts. To know when it's hot enough, fry a little bit of dough in the oil. You will know when the oil is ready if the dough turns a golden brown and floats to the top. carefully drop the donuts into the oil. Allow the donuts to fry for about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.

      • Transfer the cooked donuts onto a plate lined with paper towels.

      • Glaze the donuts while still warm.

      TO MAKE THE GLAZE ( THIS IS OPTIONAL- USE ANY TOPPINGS OR FROSTING YOU PREFER)

      • Mix powdered / icing sugar with 2-3 tablespoons of hot water. Whisk well until silky and smooth and dip one side of the donuts into the glaze. Place the glazed donuts onto a wire rack .Allow excess glaze to drip off the donuts.

      • These donuts are best eaten immediately or preferably on the same day that it has been prepared.

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      Notes

      1. Work lightly and gently with the dough. Overhandling and kneading can cause it to crumble and break during frying.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1donut | Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

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      No Yeast Soft Donut Recipe (2024)

      FAQs

      What is the secret for soft doughnuts? ›

      There's only one way to make doughnuts even softer and fluffier and that is by scalding some of the flour. Scalding is a technique used to not only make bread softer, but also to make it stay soft for longer. You can use it for pretty much any recipe you like.

      What can I use instead of yeast for donuts? ›

      What Substitutes for Yeast?
      • Baking Soda and Lemon. If you are lacking yeast in your pantry or dry goods storage, try combining baking soda and lemon juice. ...
      • Baking Powder. The ratio to replace yeast with baking powder in a recipe is 1:1, making it much easier to substitute if you have baking powder on hand. ...
      • Whipped Eggs.

      How do you soften donut dough? ›

      1. The key to soft and light doughnuts lies in the dough itself. Here are some tips to help you achieve that:
      2. **Yeast:** Use fresh, active yeast. If using dry yeast, ensure it's not expired. ...
      3. **Kneading:** Knead the dough sufficiently. ...
      4. **Resting:** Allow the dough to rise.
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      How to make donuts without a form? ›

      Take a square piece of foil and place it over one of your fingers. It needs to be large enough to cover the bottom of each cup in the muffin tin. A 5″×5″ square seemed to work best for me. Fold the foil around your finger, gently folding the sides up, to create a mold.

      Why are Krispy Kreme doughnuts so soft? ›

      The secret ingredient, mashed potato, gives the donuts moistness and tenderness. It's rumored potato is in the secret Krispy Kreme recipe too! The first Krispy Kreme shop was opened in 1937 in North Carolina by Vernon Rudolph, who used his uncle's yeast-raised donut recipe.

      How are Krispy Kreme doughnuts so soft? ›

      Yeast-raised: Krispy Kreme donuts are yeast-raised, which gives them a softer and fluffier texture compared to cake donuts, which are denser.

      Do all donuts need yeast? ›

      Yes, you can make homemade donuts (also spelled “doughnuts”) without yeast. Though they may not be as fluffy as the brioche-style donuts you get from your local donut shop, they will have a tender, cakey crumb that satisfies the same craving. Some of the most popular donut varieties are traditionally yeastless.

      Will dough rise without yeast? ›

      Instead of using yeast to make the bread rise, quick breads rely on other leavening agents like baking soda and baking powder to get height. "Quick breads, like banana bread, zucchini bread, and cornbread are delicious and easy alternatives to yeast-based bread and can satisfy cravings in a pinch," says Tyler Lee.

      How to make yeast at home? ›

      How to Grow Baker's Yeast
      1. Step 1: Combine Equal Parts Flour and Water. Measure ingredients by weight! ...
      2. Step 2: Mix Well. Stir everything together until there are no more clumps of dried flour. ...
      3. Step 3: Let Sit. Let sit for 24 hours at 70°F. ...
      4. Step 4: Feed Your Starter. ...
      5. Step 5: Switch to 12 Hour Feedings.

      Why are my homemade donuts so dense? ›

      Yeast. Yeast is a tiny yet magical organism that helps doughs of all kinds rise. Without yeast, your doughnuts might resemble dense disks rather than fluffy rings. There are a variety of types of yeasts available for purchase, and some bakers even capture native yeasts to create their own unique doughnut dough.

      Why are my donuts not fluffy? ›

      To make light and fluffy donuts, make sure that your dough is properly risen by allowing it to rest in a warm place until it doubles in size. Also, avoid overmixing the dough as it can lead to a denser texture. Handling the dough gently and not overworking it will help maintain the desired fluffiness.

      What happens if you let donut dough rise too long? ›

      If the bench time is too long, volume could be lost in the proofing process; the donuts will shrink during frying; the texture will be coarse; and the flavor will not be up to your standards. Always let the dough rise on the bench for approximately 45 minutes before proofing.

      What makes an old-fashioned Doughnut? ›

      Old-Fashioned Doughnuts are basically cake doughnuts that have been fried. This gives them a slightly crunchy outer shell, that's usually lacquered with glaze or dusted with sugar. The inside tends to be less dense than the cake of your typical powdered doughnut and less airy than a Krispy Kreme-style glazed.

      Can you make donuts in a cupcake pan? ›

      Ever want to make donuts but don't have a donut pan? No problem! All you need is a cupcake pan and some regular old tin foil! Cut the foil into a 4 x4 square and bend gently around your middle finger.

      Can you use a muffin tin to make donuts? ›

      We've got donuts on the brain. But sometimes you just don't want to leave the house, even if it is for a perfect, sugary treat. Thank goodness for this recipe from Cook's Country. You just pop the dough in a muffin tin -- no special equipment needed for these fantastic crowd-pleasers.

      Why are my donuts not light and fluffy? ›

      To make light and fluffy donuts, make sure that your dough is properly risen by allowing it to rest in a warm place until it doubles in size. Also, avoid overmixing the dough as it can lead to a denser texture. Handling the dough gently and not overworking it will help maintain the desired fluffiness.

      What is the secret ingredient in Krispy Kreme donuts? ›

      What is the secret to Krispy Kreme Donuts? The secret to Krispy Kreme doughnuts is of course the sweet glaze, and this is achieved by bathing the doughnuts in a glaze of icing sugar, vanilla extract and milk, for a thicker glaze increase the quantity of icing sugar by a few spoons.

      What are the soft donuts called? ›

      Malasadas. These Portuguese-style doughnuts are popular in areas settled by the Portuguese, specifically in Hawaii. They're leavened with yeast, giving them a light and fluffy texture. Once they have been fried, Malasadas are then rolled in sugar.

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