How to Make Doughnuts
Serves: 16
  • 9.5 Tbsp milk ( I used 2% or low fat)
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp sugar ( I used granulated white)
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg, grated
  • 2 cups plus ½ cup all purpose flour or maida (UPDATE 8/7/14: I realized that dough was very wet so you will need to add ¼ to ½ cup more flour in addition to the 2 cups.
  • Oil for frying
Orange juice & saffron syrup
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar ( I would suggest starting with 4 Tbsp and slowly making your way while tasting it so can adjust sweetness as per taste)
  • Pinch of good quality saffron
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
Thumbs Up Syrup
  • 1 cup thumbs up or any other black soda you prefer
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  1. Add milk and water in a pan and warm it up. In a bowl, take butter and to it add the milk-water mix. Stir it until butter melts. To it add honey and yeast and let it sit for 5-10 mins so the yeast becomes active and it looks foamy. Before adding yeast, make sure the milk mix is warm. If not, warm it up little more.
  2. Now to the foamy milk mix add egg, sugar,salt,nutmeg and half of flour. Mix it using hands or using a stirrer or in a mixer. Once it is all mixed, add the remaining flour and keep mixing until the dough starts to pull away from the walls of the bowl around 5 mins. Place the dough in an oiled ball and cover. Let it sit for 1-2 hours until dough rises to double.
  3. Place the dough on a floured surface and roll it to ½ - 1 " thickness. Using a cookie cutter or mouth of glass, cut rounds. To make holes in the center, I used a smallish bottle cap. Let the rounds sit for another 30 mins to an hour to rise.
  4. Heat oil in a deep pot. Once hot, add a little piece of dough for checking. If it immediately comes up, it means oil is hot enough. If not than wait little more. Add 2-3 doughnuts at a time and fry them until golden brown.
  5. Keep them aside and let them cool.
  6. Once doughnuts are cool, dunk them in the syrups and let them for around 15 minutes. Enjoy with hot black coffee.
Orange juice & saffron syrup
  1. Add all the ingredients in a small pot and keep it cooking until it becomes thick and luscious.
Thumbs Up Syrup
  1. Add all the ingredients in a small pot and reduce it down until it becomes little thick.
Doughnut dough recipe by Alton Brown and adapted via "howsweeteats".
Recipe by Naive Cook Cooks at