Fried Yeast Donuts Recipe

Here’s an easy Donut recipe made with yeast.

Fried yeast donuts

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, ( if using instant yeast, add it in at this point). Add the butter/margarine into the dry ingredients and rub them together until well mixed.
  3. Apply a little vegetable oil on both of your hands and grease your dough to avoid it getting dry while proofing. Proof the dough for about an hour or until double in size. You can use a proofing machine if you have one; or you can cover the bowl with a damp cloth (wet with hot water). This will create a warm & moist space for the dough to rise.
  4. 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.
    • 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 utensil 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
    • Grease 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 in a warm place; the second time until they are a preferred size (i.e. double in size).
    • 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).
    • Start frying the donuts, pick up the raw donuts one at a time with a flat floured spatula to maintain the shape.
    Roll out the dough and cut the donut shapes
    Cut out shapes and proof a 2nd time

    Fry all the donuts (P/S: You can fry at least 1 or 2 minutes each side; depending on how brown you want them. Deeper color; 2 – 3 minutes each side). Place them on a tray lined with paper towels or grease-proof paper. You can also place them in a colander. 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, plain Sugar glaze or Melted Chocolate.

    Donuts decorated with melted Milk Chocolate and Sprinkles

    Enjoy ^_^!

    Donuts dipped in Chocolate glaze – so yummy!

    Want to learn how to make Breads and other Yeast pastries such as Donuts, Meat Pies & Buns practically? Sign up for our Breads, Cookies and Pastries class. Click on this link to get more details of the class

    We also have an online Beginner Yeast pastries, Cookies & Puff pastry class where we also teach you how to make Donuts & other pastries as well. Click here for details.

    Watch the video tutorial we posted on our YouTube Channel below:

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    Baking with Amari offers learning experiences in form of short baking and cake decorating classes. We have a baking workshop at Discounts Arcade, Shop no. 51 on Ngong road (Adams Arcade area next to The Green House), in Nairobi that offers baking & cake decoration learning experiences for those who want to learn what bakers and cake decorators do in a practical/hands on Bakery kitchen. We have both online and practical/physical classes. We also offer baking business start-up training and group mentorship as well via our Baking for Profit Program. We also sell locally tested baking recipe books (soft copy & printed books).

    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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