This farmhouse-style yeast donut recipe is easy to make and well-loved by everyone in the family. Making donuts isn’t difficult; it just takes time for the dough to rise. Please don’t try to rush the recipe though. That pillowy donut needs a delicate touch.
Farmhouse Yeast Donut Recipe
1 3/4 cups warm milk
5 tsp active dry yeast
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1/3 cup coconut oil or lard (shortening can be substituted)
4 3/4 to 5 1/8 cups all purpose flour
Add yeast to warm milk, and allow it to proof (become foamy) for 5 minutes. Then add sugar and salt, stirring gently.
In a mixing bowl, pour warm milk and yeast mixture, the eggs and attach the dough hook. Turn on the mixer and add flour, 1/2 cup at time. You are looking for a super soft dough, that pulls away cleanly from the sides. I have used between 4 3/4 to 51/8 cups flour-depending on the humidity
Place soft dough into greased bowl and allow it to rise in a warm place for 1 hour
Punch down and pat out dough into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle. It is important to never re-roll yeast donut dough or it will be tough.
Cut out donuts with a donut cutter and gently move them to a floured baking sheet to rise again until doubled (30 minutes on the warm stove)
Heat your oil in a fryer to 350 degrees and gently place your donuts in. I can fit 2 but 3 donuts would be too close and they would stick.
Fry for about 3 minutes or less-they should be lightly browned. Flip and fry for a minute more and remove to a rack to drain.
If you want to glaze them, Combine the following in a saucepan:
1/2 stick of butter (no substitutes)
2 cups powdered sugar
1/8 cup of water-use your judgement.
Melt butter over medium heat, being careful not to brown it. Add sugar and stir. Once sugar has absorbed the butter, drizzle in some water and stir to make a thin glaze.
Dip the donuts in this glaze (I find that it must stay on low heat or it becomes grainy)
Immediately drain glazed donuts on a rack and enjoy!
I cut out holes in some of my donuts and fry both pieces or add no holes and fill these with jelly. Jab each donut with a cake decorating bag and fat tip, filled with jelly. Squeeze in a tablespoon of jelly and you are done! I glaze these on one side and serve.