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Simple Homemade Donuts (Fried)

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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Servings 8
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by: TBSP Kitchens
Updated Nov 20, 2017
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  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 3/8 cup milk (3 oz.)
  • 2 tbsp shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar (and extra for putting on donuts)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour, sifted (extra may be needed)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying (or use canola oil, which is healthier)

For Chocolate version:

  • Increase sugar to 3/4 cup
  • Add 1/2 cup cocoa powder to dry ingredients
  • OR add 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted, to butter/sugar


  • 1
    Stir vinegar into milk and let stand for a few minutes until thick.
  • 2
    Cream together sugar and shortening (and add melted chocolate if using that).
  • 3
    Add eggs and vanilla and stir until blended.
  • 4
    Sift together flour, salt, and soda (and cocoa if using that). Stir into sugar mixture, alternating with milk mixture to incorporate both thoroughly. ( I had to add about 1 1/2 cups extra flour to get a dough consistency myself.)
  • 5
    Roll dough out thick, about 1/3 inch and cut into doughnut shapes with a doughnut cutter. I used a large cup for the donuts and a narrow shot-glass for the holes. Roll excess dough into small balls and flatten to make more donut
  • 6
    Heat oil until it makes noise ( about 375°F ) and fry doughnuts.

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More About This Recipe

  • This recipe proves that preparing homemade donuts is way easier than you may have thought. Don’t be put off by the addition of vinegar- it’s what gives the donuts a rich, buttermilk-like flavor. Sifting the flour, salt, and soda is also an important step as it makes them lighter and easier to incorporate with other ingredients.
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