Quick and Simple Donuts recipe

This simple donut recipe can be made up in advance and you can simply cut the donuts to shape and fry them before rolling them in sugar. The dough will last for a few days in the fridge if wrapped properly.
For a tasty twist on the traditional sugar-coated donut, try adding a little cinnamon to the sugar before rolling the donuts in it.


  • 500g plain flour
  • 250ml milk
  • 75g sugar
  • 75g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Vegetable oil to fry


  1. Sieve the flour and baking powder together into a large bowl.

  2. Add the butter and rub it into the flour with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar.

  3. Beat the egg into the milk, then make a well in the flour mixture and pour the milk mixture into it.

  4. Mix together to form a soft dough, then put into the fridge until ready to use.

  5. Roll the dough out to 1cm thick before cutting into the shapes of your choice.

  6. Fry the donuts in 180C oil for around 30 seconds, then turn them over and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove from the fryer and drain on kitchen towel to remove excess oil.

  7. Whilst still warm, roll in granulated sugar.

Icing sugar shouldn't really be used to roll donuts in as it is more likely to just melt into the donut; instead, use granulated sugar. A lovely idea would be to use vanilla sugar - sugar that has been stored with a vanilla pod. This recipe serves 6.

Recipe Details:

  • Author: Laura Young.
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Quick and Simple Donuts Review by Rodger on 25th May 2014:


Quick and Simple Donuts Review by Yasmine on 13th May 2014:

This was ok, but I wouldn't recomend them. In my view didn't come out the way I expected them.

Comment by Tiara on 8th March 2014:

Really easy to make, but I am really bad at making dough and this one seemed to be a bit loose. Hope it tightens up after fermentation.

Comment by Elaine - Dublin on 28th October 2013:

I made these yesturday. Did exactly as recipe said and they didn't cook in the inside. Very disappointing as it was my sons birthday. They looked great but you couldn't eat them. What did I do wrong?

Reply by Gary Rhodes on November 1st, 2013:

Your oil was probably too hot.

Quick and Simple Donuts Review by Bradley on 11th August 2013:

Tasted great, very easy to make.

Quick and Simple Donuts Review by Emma on 25th July 2013:

Just done these for the kids! They love um thanks so much so easy to do!

Quick and Simple Donuts Review by Laura on 2nd July 2013:

The sugar didnt stick very well, i used caster sugar... do you know why this is? Also how deep does the oil need to be that you fry the donuts in?
Other than that though it was a really good recipe!

Quick and Simple Donuts Review by Sally Smith on 6th April 2013:

Our were soooooo amazing better than everyone else :D

Comment by Hollee and Casey on 17th March 2013:

It's really easy to make and it smells really good.

Quick and Simple Donuts photo by Kathleen
Quick and Simple Donuts Review by Kathleen on 8th March 2013:

They are really lovely. My family were mad about them. Only complaint was, i didn't make enough. I used caster sugar instead of icing sugar.

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