Basic Yeast Doughnuts

Preparation info

  • Makes about


    , 3 ″ doughnuts
    • Difficulty


Appears in

The Doughnut Cookbook: Delicious Recipes for Baked and Fried Doughnuts

The Doughnut Cookbook

By Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen

Published 2016

  • About

These airy, fluffy, slightly—and pleasantly—“stretchy” doughnuts are a mainstay of the American doughnut shop. Also known as raised doughnuts, they turn up in a variety of shapes: rings, disks, twists, and logs.


For the Dough

  • 1 cup warm whole milk (110-120°F)
  • teaspoons instant yeast
  • 3


Pour the warm milk into a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast on top, and stir gently. Let stand in a warm spot until foamy, 5-10 minutes.

Transfer the yeast mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the shortening, egg, sugar, salt, and cups of the flour and bea