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Baked Yeast Donuts

I like donuts. They’re one of those guilty treats you have once in a blue moon that just make things a little fun.


I don’t really like making donuts. I enjoy dealing with the dough but frying them is a whole other story. It’s too much of a hassle, and I’m too cheap to waste a whole bottle of oil on a few fried treats.

That’s where the baked yeast donut comes in! This recipe doesn’t require any special pans or tools, like most baked donuts do. I found these also have a taste that fried don’t does, where other baked yeasted donut recipes I’ve tried do not. I have been working at getting this recipe a long time and I hope you enjoy it!

Baked Yeast Donuts



2 cups plain flour

1 1/ 2 cups cake flour

6 tbsp sugar

1 packet yeast

1/ 2 tsp sea salt

1 cup buttermilk

2 eggs + 1 yolk

3 tbsp unsalted butter (soft)

2 tbsp grape seed oil (or canola)

Extra butter for dipping


3 cups icing sugar

1/ 2 cup milk

1/ 2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla


1. Combine all wet dough ingredients in a bowl or measuring jug. Add the yeast and let sit for ten minutes.

2. In a large bowl combine all remaining dough ingredients, then incorporate the wet ingredients. Knead with a dough hook, or by hand, until a smooth dough (between five to ten minutes).

3. Place dough into a greased bowl and let rise at least one and a half hours, and up to three hours.

4. Roll dough out to be about half an inch thick and cut into circles at about 2 1/ 2 inches in diameter. Cover and let rise 30 minutes.

5. Lightly grease a baking sheet and preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

6. Melt the extra butter you have for dipping by putting it into a microwave safe container and heating it up in ten second bursts.

7. Poke a hole into each dough round, dip into the melted butter and place on prepared baking sheet. Leave a few inches between each donut.

8. Bake donuts for 10-15 minutes (flipping halfway through), until the donuts start turning a light golden color.

9. Prepare the glaze while letting the donuts cool. Combine all glaze ingredients and pour over the cooled donuts.


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