How to Fry the Perfect Donut

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Sure it's easy to run to the donut shop and grab a dozen tasty delights.......unless you are me. Simply because there is only one tiny donut shop in my tiny town and it is awful! Sorry to the shop owner but your donuts taste like nothing but over-used oil.

If you have ever experienced something similar you might be wondering how to make delicious donuts at home. It's not a secret that donuts aren't healthy in any way so I wouldn't recommend making these often but it is definitely necessary once in a while and this is how to do it right!!
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Step 1: Prep Work

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Before you dive into donut making you will need to do a little prep work. Some of the steps are optional but mashing the blueberries is not.

Cardamom - You can use store bought ground cardamom but if you grind it fresh you will get a much more intense flavor. Break open the green pods and empty the seeds into a mortar and pestle. Crush until finely ground.

Buttermilk - I usually don't have buttermilk on hand but it is very easy to make. Measure out one cup of milk and add one tablespoon of lemon juice. Let stand 10-15 minutes. Milk will begin to curdle. You can use store bought buttermilk if you prefer.

Blueberries - Using a vegetable masher, mash blueberries.
kiwi233 months ago
Thes are delicious!
mlindysay4 months ago
I am trying your recipe with wild huckleberries we picked in the mountains and freshly crushed cardamom as suggested. I am making these for my birthday instead of a cake. Wow, so fragrent! I am excited!

I have been trying to make doughnuts but am having trouble with the dough disintegrating when I put it in the oil and I don't know why.

acuchetto11 months ago
I wonder about using coconut oil.
wold630 (author)  acuchetto11 months ago

I think any frying oil would work, just keep it at the correct temp!

michael631 year ago
They look so yummy !!!
HMice1 year ago
They look rustic-ly delicious!
wold630 (author)  HMice1 year ago
I do agree they look more rustic than a store bought donut but they are delicious!
HMice wold6301 year ago
It's all part of the charm :D
nalipaz1 year ago
interesting recipe. Thanks.
thayray1 year ago
Won! Der! Ful! They look fantastic!

I'm not so familiar with peanut oil, but in general I much prefer (1) safflower oil or (2) sunflower oil to "canola" ; agree that vegetable/soybean oil is the worst.
wold630 (author)  thayray1 year ago
shazni1 year ago
lovely! you are the queen of deserts!
wold630 (author)  shazni1 year ago
That's very nice, thank you!
Bungoy6011 year ago
Voted for you, LOL
wold630 (author)  Bungoy6011 year ago
Cido551 year ago
Amazing! They look so good! I am scared out of my mind to make donuts...because I know I would eat them all and then want to make them all the time! :)
wold630 (author)  doodlecraft1 year ago
Completely valid fear!! I'm already thinking about the next batch!
sanorita1 year ago
looks delicious
wold630 (author)  sanorita1 year ago
Thank you!
nickal1 year ago
Lol u suck
lolz Shut up hater
DB-Koopa1 year ago
You should go into business and put that other donut shop out. Holy hell those look good.
wold630 (author)  DB-Koopa1 year ago
Not a bad idea, never thought about that! :)
lol... I couldn't agree MORE!

I'd be willing to bet these donuts taste even better than they look!  ;-P~
They look delicious hahahahaaaggahahagagah I want one to appear in front of my face right now yummy
wold630 (author)  cupcake lover1 year ago
If you make them they will be!!!
unclelar1 year ago
would peanut oil work rather than canola oil?They look really tasty and I love blueberries!!
wold630 (author)  unclelar1 year ago
I've never tried using peanut oil so I can't really say. I know it is a good frying oil but my guess is it would leave more of a flavor than canola.
HollyMann1 year ago
Those look delicious!
wold630 (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
Thank you, they are!!!