Selfish Mama {Recipe: Homemade Yeast Doughnuts}

Homemade Yeast Doughnuts (donuts)

I’m not always the most giving mom. I mean, I know that there are people out there who would do anything for their kids… who want the best of the best for them. Of course, I want what’s best for my kids and I want them to do well in life and to succeed. I love them dearly and I would do almost anything for them. Almost…

When it comes to food, I just can’t seem to sacrifice the best for them. The best piece of steak would be gobbled down and not appreciated for it’s flavor by a 4 year old. My 9 year old is only concerned with how much he can get into his mouth in the shortest amount of time… he barely even tastes what he puts in there.

Homemade Doughnut Holes enjoy Homemade Yeast Doughnuts and Donut Holes at home!

Why am I sharing this with you today? Because when it comes to doughnut holes from our favorite Daylight Donuts shop up the road, I always peer into each bag before handing them out and save the best of the best for myself. The doughnut holes that are perfectly cooked… not too done, still warm, and soft and fluffy. Most mom’s would probably give those to their kids, taking the doughnut holes that aren’t as stellar. But, I’m selfish and if I am going to spend any calories on doughnuts, those little gems need to be the best of the best to make it worth it!

My kids and I decided to make Homemade Yeast Doughnuts and doughnut holes this past weekend. They helped with cutting the dough and dunking the doughnuts into the glaze. Luckily, almost every single doughnut was the best of the best, so I didn’t have to be selfish mama. We could all enjoy soft, tender, warm doughnuts and doughnut holes without my inner struggle regarding my un-willingness to sacrifice the best doughnut holes for my kids.

Homemade Yeast Doughnuts - Dine and Dish

Homemade Yeast Doughnuts & Doughnut Holes for the Bread Machine ABM

Homemade Yeast Doughnuts
  • 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • ¾ cup lukewarm milk
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
  • For the glaze:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  1. Place the first 8 ingredients into your bread machine in the order recommended in the users manual (Mine suggests all liquid first, sugars next, flour and yeast last). Turn on and set to dough cycle setting.
  2. Once the dough cycle is complete, turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out to ½ inch thickness. Using a floured doughnut / biscuit cutter, cut into desired shapes.
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in hot water one tablespoon at a time until the icing is somewhat thin, but not watery. Set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Slide doughnuts into the hot oil using a wide spatula. Turn doughnuts over as they rise to the surface. Fry doughnuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from hot oil, to drain on a wire rack. Dip doughnuts into the glaze while still hot, and set onto wire racks to drain off excess.


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  1. says

    Learning to make homemade doughnuts was on my list of things to do this year, and your recipe looks perfect! Thanks so much for sharing. (And I’m with you, my 4 year old would never appreciate the “best bite” haha)

  2. says

    Wow these doughnuts are awesome! Here is a picture of the doughnuts I just made

  3. says

    HA- Kristen. This totally made me laugh- because we do the same thing. I always thought I was the only mom out there that would save the best of certain things for myself. Now I feel better & I am going to enhance that even more once I make these doughnuts. :)

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  4. Jill Lowell says

    Just finished making these for our Christmas morning treat. They were everything you said and more. Thank you for posting and sharing the recipe!!!

  5. Pat Wogan says

    I remember when you used to make canned biscuit donuts at home….and once in a while I would come home to smoked ceramic tile behind the stove where the oil got a wee bit too hot and caught on fire…The soda box was in the cabinet to the left of the stove. Anyway, practice makes perfect and your donuts look like perfection!


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