When was the last time you tasted the perfection of a warm, homemade donut? If the answer takes you back to your grandmother’s kitchen, consider reliving the sweet memory by making a batch of your own.
The best donut is slightly warm, tender and fresh, shared with a friend over a cup of hot coffee. Making donuts yourself guarantees they’ll be at peak freshness when you want them. And a kitchen filled with the scent of homemade donuts and fresh coffee provides the perfect setting for a chat with old friends or a heart-to-heart with a loved one. These treats are easier to make than you think. Yeast donuts need to rise and cake donuts need to chill. But once the oil is hot and the dough is cut, the incredible first bite is just minutes away. Each batch makes enough to share. Put willing hands to work rolling and hand-cutting dough, corralling donut holes as they bob in oil, timing and turning dough as it puffs into golden pastries and dipping donuts in glaze or sugar. All that’s left is putting out hot coffee. Check out our suggestions for each delectable donut variety.
Written by Jill Johnson | Photographed by Tobin Bennett