Fried Yeast Donuts Recipe

We’re going to be sharing more yeast recipes this year so here’s a fun Donut recipe made with yeast.

Donut on plate-Amari blog recipes

Hope you love it!

Fried Yeast Donuts
  1. Wheat Flour        – 6 cups
  2. Instant Dry Yeast – 1 Tablespoon
  3. Margarine     or Butter      – 1/2 cup
  4. Sugar                  – 1 cup
  5. Salt                     – 1/4 teaspoon
  6. Water                  – 3 cups (lukewarm)
  7. Vegetable Oil      – 3 cups


  1. Put the yeast in a small bowl, add a pinch of sugar and about 2T of lukewarm water to activate the yeast.Give it at least 3 to 5 minutes until it’s bubbly & sludgy. If using instant yeast – this step is not a must.
  2. In a large bowl, Add the flour, sugar, salt and mix together, ( fusing instant yeast, add it in at this point). Add the butter/margarine into the dry ingredients and rub them together until well mixed.
  3. Add the yeast mixture with 1 cup of lukewarm water and mix the dough. Gradually add the water until your dough is of good consistency – not too wet or dry (soft and firm).
    Donut dough
  4. Apply a little vegetable oil on both of your hands and grease your dough to avoid it getting dry while proofing.
  5. If you have a proofer, put the dough in the proofer and it should double in size in about 30 minutes. If you don’t have one, you can make-shift one, or just cover the bowl with a dish towel and leave it in a warm area for about an hour until the dough doubles in size.
    Dough in a proofer box
  6. Remove the dough from the bowl and on a floured work surface; start kneading it. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, then divide the dough into 3 sections.
  7. Take each section and using a rolling pin, roll it out about 1/2 inch thickness and cut out donut pieces using a donut cutter. If you don’t have one, you could use a utencil or bowl that is a large circle and a small circle. After removing the donut pieces, roll up the left over dough into a ball and roll it out and cut out pieces again.
    Donut Cutter
  8. Grease and flour a baking sheet pan and place the donut pieces on it, make sure to leave enough space for the donuts to rise. Place them in a proofer or let them rise the second time until they are a preferred size.
    Raw Yeast donuts rising - Amari Blog Recipe
    2nd Proofing of donuts
  9. In a large frying pan or wok, heat up the vegetable oil to a medium temperature (make sure it’s not too hot, it will burn the donuts before they cook inside).
  10. Start frying the donuts, pick up the raw donuts one at a time with a flat floured spatula to maintain the shape.
    Fried donuts on a plate_Amari Blog recipes
    Fried Donuts

Fry all the donuts and place them on a tray lined with paper towels or grease-proof paper. Let them cool and you can serve them plain or coat them with cinnamon sugar (mix sugar – 1/2 cup & 1T of cinnamon powder). You can also glaze them with royal icing, glaze or chocolate Ganache.

Enjoy ^_^!

Donuts dipped in Chocolate glaze – so yummy!

Want to learn how to make local pastries such as Donuts, Mahamris & Meat Samosas practically? Sign up for our Local Pastries 1-Day class. Click on this link to get more details and find out the next date for the class

We also have online Yeast and Puff pastry classes where we also teach how to make Donuts. Click here for details.

Published by Maureen Kamari

Amari Baking Center offers baking classes to those who want to learn how to bake. We train our students using Cookswell original charcoal ovens. We also offer basic business start-up training for those who want to start small baking businesses. We do groups vocational training anywhere in East Africa as well. We hold classes in our home-based bakery workshop located on Ndwaru road in Riruta, Nairobi; off Naivasha road, next to Pelida School. We use original Cookswell charcoal ovens to bake and train our students due to their efficiency, effectiveness and economy. They are the best option for anyone starting a small baking business on a budget.

8 thoughts on “Fried Yeast Donuts Recipe

  1. I m very lucky to be found your blog. You give me a lots of new idea on making Fried Yeast Donuts.very happy to read your blog n copying your recipes. Thank u so much. I love baking n trying to be a good Baker.


  2. I love your recipes.I will be glad to have your pastry recipe book and costing booklet.uwant to start my small cake and pastry me with your cost soft copy iwish you have you tube lessons for pole who are far away am akenyan in tz.

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    1. Hi there, thanks for the feedback ^_^ There are 5 recipe booklets available; please go to the menu section and click on “Books” – you’ll find details on recipes in each booklet and cost of the e-book versions please. Thanks. We’re working on online classes; they’ll be available from next year.


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