Easy Doughnut Recipe

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If you're anything like me, you probably try to stay away from doughnuts. You know, because they're not really good for the waistline. And you can't just have one. Don't even get me started on doughnut holes. It is much too hard to keep track of how many of those get gobbled up in one sitting. So it's just better to keep them out of my life altogether.

But every once in a while, I get a craving. And it's usually the kind of craving that I have to gratify immediately. There is no going to the doughnut shop. This must be taken care of now.

When I get a craving for doughnuts, I don't have time to bother with a doughnut recipe that involves yeast. I cannot wait several hours for the dough to rise. By then, the craving will have dissipated, so what's the point?

If you want to whip up a quick batch of doughnuts with ingredients that you probably have on hand, try this easy doughnut recipe. There's not much wait time, they're simple, and they certainly satisfy the craving.

Note: These only make doughnut "holes," since you make them by dropping spoonfuls of dough into the hot oil. Scroll down to find out the best toppings for your homemade doughnuts.

Easy Doughnut Recipe for National Doughnut Day

What You Need
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup 2% or whole milk
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
more vegetable oil (for frying)

What To Do
Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Whisk in the sugar. Then, mix in the oil, milk, egg and vanilla. Fill a heavy saucepan or dutch oven about halfway with vegetable oil. Heat it until you see little fizzy bubbles form when you insert the handle of a wooden spoon into the oil. At that point, drop spoonfuls of the dough into the oil. Don't crowd them; allow them to float and bob around. Fry, turning once, until they are golden brown on all sides. Remove the doughnuts from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on brown bags or paper towels.

Doughnut Glaze and Topping Recipes/Ideas

Now that you've made some amazing doughnuts, you probably want to dust them with a layer of sugar. You can give your local doughnut shop a run for its money with these easy toppings.

Powdered Sugar
Sift it over the doughnut holes after they have rested on towels for several minutes and the grease is no longer wet.

Cinnamon and Sugar
Mix equal parts cinnamon and sugar in a bowl. Toss the doughnuts in the mixture while they are still warm.

Honey Glaze
While the doughnuts are still warm, drizzle honey over them.

Hazelnut Glaze
Smear hazelnut spread (like Nutella) on your doughnuts while they are still slightly warm.

Lemon Glaze
Whisk 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 1 TBSP lemon juice. Drizzle the glaze over the doughnuts and sprinkle with poppy seeds.

Maple Bacon Topping
Whisk 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 1-2 TBSP maple syrup. Spoon over doughnuts, and sprinkle crispy crumbled bacon on top.

Of course, you can also eat these doughnuts warm and plain. They taste best the day you cook them, but if you happen to have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They won't last more than a few days.

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