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When I was a kid, there was only one baker in the whole village and he used to make the best doughnuts in the world. They were fluffy, light, chewy and filled with the most delicious raspberry jam. His doughnuts were perfection on so many levels I just can't put it into words. Creating this yeast doughnuts recipe took me a long time (and lots of attempts!) because I wanted them to have the same characteristics: be soft, slightly chewy and not too sweet.
After a lot of experimenting I succeeded! If you want to make heavenly doughnuts you are in the right place, this recipe is BOMB!
Yeast doughnuts vs. cake doughnuts
Before we start, I need to address the elephant in the room. There are two types of doughnuts: those leavened with brewer's yeast (yeast doughnuts) and those leavened with baking powder and/or baking soda (cake doughnuts).
This is a recipe for yeast doughnuts and there are 3 specific reasons why I choose them over cake doughnuts: they're lighter, fluffier and slightly chewier. So if you're looking for a great recipe to make vegan yeast doughnuts keep reading, you'll thank me later ;).
All you need to make these delicious doughnuts are the following 5 ingredients:
How to make yeast doughnuts
To make soft and light yeast doughnuts it's important to let the dough rise 3 times.
start by mixing the ingredients in a large bowl, when the dough starts to come together knead it until the dough is smooth. Then cover it with a wet dishcloth and leave it to rise for an hour.
Once risen, knead it for a few seconds releasing some of the air incorporated. Then cover it a second time with a wet dishcloth and let it rise for another 45 minutes.
Finally, we the dough into 6 portions and shape them into balls. Then brush them with vegetable oil and let them rise for 1 hour. Once they've doubled in size, the doughnuts will be ready to be deep fried!
How to deep fry doughnuts
Deep frying doughnuts is super easy but you have to be careful. When you fry them the oil temperature should be between 160 - 170°C (320 - 340°F). If the temperature is higher, they will cook too fast in the outside and stay raw in the inside. If the temperature is too low they'll turn out soggy and extra oily.
I recommend using a jam thermometer to check the temperature. If you don’t have one, dip a toothpick into the oil if it starts steadily bubbling, then it's hot enough for frying.
Can I bake the doughnuts?
You can bake doughnuts instead of frying them. Preheat the oven to 180 °C (350 °F) and bake them for 20 minutes. Just be aware, they won't be as moist and chewy as when they're deep fried.
Can I make doughnuts in an air fryer?
You can totally make the doughnuts in an air fryer. Spray your air fryer basket with oil and transfer the donuts to the basket in a single layer. Then brush the donuts with vegetable oil and cook them at 180 °C (350 °F) for about 4 minutes or until golden brown. Fill them with the filling of your choice and serve them straight away!
I filled my doughnuts with two of my favorite fillings: homemade nutella and vegan custard. For the custard I used the exact same recipe I used for the Torta della Nonna but only made ⅓ of the amount.
That said, you can also use any jam/cream you like.
How to store doughnuts
You can either store them in the fridge or freezer (depending on how long you want to store them for).
Fridge: Place doughnuts in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to for 3-4 days. Reheat for a couple of minutes in the oven before serving.
Freezer: Wrap the doughnuts in cling film or place them in an airtight container. This will prevent them from absorbing flavors from other food in the freezer. You can store them in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Allow to thaw completely before serving and reheat for a couple f minutes in the oven before serving.
More Delicious Desserts
- Creamy & Easy Vegan Baked Cheesecake
- The Best Vegan Chocolate Croissants
- Extra Fudgy Vegan Butter Beans Brownies
Have You Tried This Recipe?
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