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Homemade Doughnuts

Jeremy Ford's Homemade Doughnuts
Jeremy Ford's Homemade DoughnutsTODAY


  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup warm water, about 110 degrees
  • cup buttermilk
  • 6 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • Oil, for frying
  • Jam or chocolate spread, to fill the donuts
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

Chef notes

With this easy overnight recipe, it's possible to enjoy doughnuts at home that are fresh from the fryer. Fill the fluffy doughnuts with your favorite jam or enjoy as is with a good cup of coffee. 



Combine yeast, sugar and warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk and let sit for a few minutes until the mixture looks bubbly.


Add the buttermilk, flour and salt. Using a dough hook attachment, mix on low-medium speed until the dough begins to form a ball.


Once the dough starts to come together, begin adding the butter, about a tablespoon at a time. Allow the dough to completely incorporate the butter.


After you have added all of the butter, allow the dough to continue to mix until it comes cleanly off the sides of the bowl.


Place the dough in a greased bowl and top with plastic wrap or a damp towel. Allow the dough to proof in a warm area for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.


After the dough has proofed, remove the dough from the bowl. Punch the dough down and fold into itself three times. Shape back into a ball. Place the dough back in the bowl and top with plastic wrap. Now, place the dough in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, but preferably overnight.


Once the dough has been refrigerated, remove it from the bowl. Lightly dust your work surface, rolling pin and the surface of the dough with bread flour. Roll out the dough to 3/4-inch thickness. Using a ring mold or the rim of a glass, punch the doughnuts out into circles.


Allow the cut dough to sit out, covered with plastic wrap or a damp towel, for about 30 minutes or until the dough comes to room temperature.


In a large, heavy-bottomed sauce pot or fryer, add at least 2 inches of oil. Heat to 350 degrees. Line a sheet tray with paper towels.


Fry the doughnuts, a few at a time depending on the size of your pot, making sure not to overcrowd. Fry until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes per side. Once the doughnuts are golden brown, place them on the paper towel-lined sheet tray.


After frying the doughnuts, fill them with your favorite jam or chocolate spread. Dust with powdered sugar. Serve.