Wednesday 28 August 2019

Recipe 90: Eggless Sugar Donuts

I am really close to a 100 recipes in Spices n Secrets. With just 10 more left for a century, I had to start the countdown with something sweet.

I am a lover of donuts but the unnecessary overpricing of these simple-to-make dessert, makes me cringe.

I make my donuts at home and it comes out fool-proof every time.

So, if you fancy a donut, just scroll below for a wonderful easy recipe of vanilla sugar donuts.


  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour/maida
  2. 3/4 cup warm milk
  3. 3 tbsp. sugar
  4. 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  5. 2 tsp. dry yeast (get Yeast)
  6. 1/4 tsp. salt
  7. Extra vegetable oil for deep frying

For Sugar Topping:

  1. 1 cup sugar powder
  2. 3-4 drops vanilla essence (get French Vanilla Flavour)


Portion out 1/2 cup warm milk and add to it 3 tbsp. sugar and yeast.
Cover and let the solution sit for 15 minutes at room temperature.
The yeast needs to activate and you will notice tiny bubbles forming on top of milk after 10-15 minutes. It may take more time if you are living in cold climate.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl add the flour, salt and vegetable oil.
Now pour in the milk-yeast solution.
Knead well.
If required pour more milk.
The dough should be soft but not too sticky and wet.
Smear oil all over the dough and cover the bowl.
Let the dough sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
The dough should double in size.
With clean hands, knock the air out from the dough and knead.
Keep the dough rested again for another 1 hour.
Now uncover the dough and take out a chunk of dough.
Roll out the dough to 1-2 inch thick disc.
With a big round cutter cut out as many donuts as possible.
You can also fry these without cutting out the center and fill them later with thick custard or cream or jam.
Else with a small round cutter, cut out the center of the donuts.
Place all the donuts, on a platter sprinkled with some flour and cover them with a cloth.
Rest them at room temperature for half an hour.
For cooking, heat enough oil for deep frying.
Meanwhile, take a medium size bowl and add sugar powder and vanilla essence.
Mix with fingers the vanilla into the sugar.
Keep the vanilla sugar ready for donuts later.
Now check whether the donuts have doubled in size.
Carefully, lift each donut and fry them in hot oil.
After it turns golden brown on both sides, quickly place them in vanilla sugar.
Shake and coat each donut in vanilla sugar.
Serve hot with coffee or tea!


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