How to Make Doughnuts

With these simple guidelines, fresh homemade doughnuts can be ready for any occasion.

Step 1: Mix ingredients

Combine ingredients as directed in doughnut recipe. Cover and chill dough for at least 2 hours (dough will remain slightly sticky).

Step 2: Roll dough

Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Use a generously floured rolling pin to roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness.

Step 3: Cut doughnuts

Cut dough with a floured 2-1/2-inch round cutter. Use a 1-1/4-inch round cutter to cut the hole for the doughnut. (Or you can use a standard doughnut cutter.)

Tip: Dip the doughnut cutter in flour between cuts to keep the dough from sticking.

Step 4: Fry doughnuts

Fry two or three doughnuts at a time in a deep saucepan filled 1/3 full with hot oil (375 degrees F) for 2 to 3 minutes or until doughnuts are golden brown, turning once. Remove doughnuts with a slotted spoon so excess oil drains back into the pan. Drain doughnuts on paper towels. Repeat with remaining dough.

Step 5: Ice or glaze doughnuts

Cool doughnuts slightly. Coat them with powdered sugar or granulated sugar. Or, if desired, dip tops in glaze or icing. Allow doughnuts to dry on a rack.

Step 6: Decorate doughnuts

If desired, dress up glazed doughnuts with colorful sprinkles or chopped peanuts. Or, instead of adding icing, simply roll doughnuts in powdered or granulated sugar. For a spiced variation, include a dash of cinnamon with the granulated sugar.

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