Is it “donuts” or “doughnuts”? Whatever. These are homemade.

Depending on my mood, I like my donuts plain or fancy. When I’m feeling nostalgic, I spell them as “doughnuts.” Whatever the spelling, and whether plain or fancy, I have to have them with coffee. I’ve come to think of donuts and coffee as things that naturally and logically go together. You know, like Antony and Cleopatra. Or Phineas and Ferb.

When we were still living in the city, around the time that the girls were in pre-school, there was a phase when, almost every night, Speedy would go out on his scooter to buy donuts. There was a Dunkin’ Donuts stand a few minutes away and he’d go there, come home with a box of donuts and we’d go donut crazy. Then, Mister Donut came along, we liked Mister Donut donuts better than Dunkin’ Donuts and we shifted brands. Not long after that came Country Style Donuts with its signature apple fritters and we forgot all about Mister Donut.

We were Country Style Donuts loyalists for a long, long time. We dabbled with other brands like Gonuts Donuts (new flavors like pastillas de leche were hard to resist) and Hot Loops for a while but we always went back to Country Style Donuts. When Krispy Kreme came along, my heart didn’t flutter even a bit. By that time, I already knew that, like anything else, a good donut is not the result of massive advertising and marketing. Good donuts are made, not hyped.

So, what makes a good donut? Sam and I decided to find out a couple of weekends ago. I mixed the dough, patiently waited for it to rise, Sam cut the dough into rings then we fried them. By the end of the process, we learned that good donuts are made with a lot of love, patience and fun. And whole mountain of mess.

The first batch of donuts, I simply rolled in a mixture of sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

The second batch… Well, there was some leftover ganache in the fridge, Sam reheated it until gooey and we started dipping the donuts in the chocolate. Not quite content, Sam took out the sprinkles and started decorating the chocolate-topped donuts with them. She is so creative. Much more so than I am.

Recipe adapted from

Recipe: Yeast-raised donuts


  • 2 and 1/2 tsps. of active instant dry yeast
  • 2 tbsps. of warm water
  • 3 and 1/4 c. of all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. of whole milk
  • 1/4 c. of unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsps. of sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 tsps. of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground cinnamon
  • 4 c. vegetable oil for deep frying


  1. In a small bowl, stir together the yeast and warm water. Leave until frothy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, put the flour, milk, butter, eggs, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Pour in the yeast mixture and mix until everything starts to come together.
  3. Form the dough into a ball. It will be rather sticky but don’t be tempted to add more flour or you will have very dense instead of soft and airy donuts. Place in a clean bowl, sprinkle the top with flour, then cover the bowl with a kitchen towel. Leave to rise until double. Depending on the room temperature and humidity, this can take anywhere from two to three hours.
  4. Sprinkle the work surface with flour. Turn out the dough. Dust your rolling pin with flour (unless you have one of those pretty non-stick models) and roll the dough to about half an in thick.
  6. Using a three-inch round cutter, cut out circles.
  8. Use a smaller cutter to cut out the holes. If you have a donut-cutter, the process would be simpler. We don’t so we just used the multi-sized steel cutter that we have (and which I keep forgetting to take photos of so I can show you).
  10. Lift the dough so that only the cut pieces are left on the work surface.
  12. Sam re-rolled the dough and made donut twists.
  13. Heat the cooking oil. The ideal temperature is 350F but I don’t have a thermometer for that job (the only ones I have are for meat and to measure the oven temperature). To test if the temperature is correct, drop a piece of dough into the hot oil. The dough will sink to the bottom, if it does not rise after a few seconds, the oil is still not hot enough.
  14. If the dough browns too fast within seconds from touching the hot oil, the oil is too hot. Lower the heat and wait a few minutes.
  16. Fry the donuts in batches, two to three at a time, depending on the size of your pan. One minute per side is quite enough. Flip them to brown the other side.
  17. Scoop out the browned donuts and drain on paper towels.
  18. Roll them in plain sugar (or add cinnamon and nutmeg to the sugar for more aromatic donuts) or dip one side in ganache for chocolate-topped donuts.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s), plus rising time

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12 to 15 donuts, plus donuts twists


  1. YoungMomFromBaguio says

    Wow! Thank you for sharing this with us. It looks so simple and easy pala. I’ll try to make this at home and since we don’t have a cutter, gawin ko na lang syang bola-bola. I hope my kid will love this.

    • natzsm says

      Hello Ms. Connie,

      I have been baking (with yeast) a lot these past few months ever since I finished a bread baking seminar recently which has reignited by passion for baking. I started baking when I was in grade 4 which continued all through out high school, college and even up to just five years ago when we had to move from our place in Quezon City to our present place in Makati. Back then, I made mostly cakes and pies and would just occasionally bake with yeast except for no knead items like waffles. Back then, there was only the fresh and active dry yeast.

      Nowadays I am having a very hard time finding ACTIVE DRY YEAST and what I do find is always the INSTANT DRY YEAST which is like rapid rise or bread machine yeast which I am presently using. Although you could substitute them for some recipes by using less of the other, there are recipes calling for a very slow rise which the use of the old fashioned active dry is recommended. I tried using the instant dry yeast once in a recipe calling for a slow rise and even though I already decreased the amount of yeast, the dough rose so fast and over fermented. When I baked the bread, it just collapsed! Hay sayang ingredients!

      Could I asked you where you bought your Active Dry Yeast?


      • says

        Your comment made me check the label. It is rapid dry yeast (let me edit the post). That was the last packet of Fleischmann that I used. Rather hard to find and pricey. I usually get them from Landmark.

      • MCD says

        When I want a long slow rise, I decrease the amount of yeast to 1/4 tsp. (I do use instant yeast) and put the dough in the fridge to rise, usually overnight.

  2. Richard says

    tama….home made doughnut/donuts are the way to go……especially the plain sugared ones

    sold @ Rustans Cubao or your friendly neighborhood bakery

    best cooked fresh from the fryer and rolled in sugar right before your eyes

  3. janice says

    hi ms connie! no need to punch the dough after it rise? and after you cut the donuts you immediately fry? no need to wait for it rise again?

  4. Lizette says

    super duper thanks for this Connie..its actually the thought of having another cooking session to enjoy with my daughter and nieces every weekend that stirs up my interest…second na yun fun of eating since we enjoy eating meriendas so much…
    its been a year since my last visit here…thank goodness i was able to retrieve your link through my company mail
    thanks again!

        • says

          hi connie. Thanks for the donut recipe. My son just loooves them. He asks me to cook almost everyday. If i need a recipe, you site is my place to be.hehehe.. Thank you!

          • Joan Diamse says

            Wow! It’s a good thing that you send me the recipe of doughnuts. You’re a big help talaga Ms. Connie. Surely my kids will love it. Thanks a lot for the delicious recipes that you always sent to me. Im glad that you have a website now, hoping to meet you in person someday, I’m one of your avid fan! God bless!~

          • says

            i bought a mini donut maker and i use that to bake donuts. yun na nga lang, since it is producing only mini donuts at six pieces per baking time of 3-5 minutes, ang bilis maubos. no chance to even roll them in sugar or whatnot.

          • says

            Hi Connie,

            I made a batch of light, satisfying and delicious doughnuts using your recipe, I was given a zeppole recipe which I believe is technically the same thing (?) but your recipe’s ingredients and instructions were easier to find and follow.
            Everyone who had a bite loved it.

            I did make it twice. The first time my impatience kicked in hard and I only let it raise for a little more than four hours, taste wise good — the second time I let it rise for at least 6 hours and it was down right perfect. I should really take note of the humidity warnings and all. Anyhow, I look forward to more recipes, anecdote, stories and photos.
            Thank you.

  5. Cherleen says

    Sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg… I will take note of that next time we buy donuts… My kids will surely go nuts over Sam’s donuts!

  6. mai says

    hi ms. connie =) thanks for sharing.
    one question lng, when you put your to dough to a bowl to rest, you did not put any oil in your bowl or cover your dough in oil? been wanting to make doughnuts but so afraid to try… want it to come out right, ingredients are not that cheap nowadays…

  7. emyM says

    I easily gravitate to any fried dough food that goes well with my hot
    coffee.Malasadas,beignet,funnel cake,churros and different varieties
    of donuts.So lucky that the “Donut Man” is open 24 hrs and stones’ throw away from my workplace.
    I”ve been wanting to make my own version of donut but time
    constraint prevented me for doing so and besides my children
    prefers “branded” cupcakes….grrrrhh.
    Talagang labor of love w/ Sam participating.
    Tell her to make a Voodoo doll donut with a small pretzel sticking
    to the dolls heart…ouch.

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