When someone says "donuts," the first thing that comes to mind is the classic Simpsons donut—an airy, fried dough ring with colored glaze and sprinkles. But the term "donuts" encompasses almost any type of fried dough. So those fried twists, long johns, munchkins (aka donut holes)—those are all donuts. This fried donuts recipe is no exception.
Inspired by Canadian BeaverTails, this super easy recipe makes long, rectangular, puffy pieces of fried dough. It only needs four ingredients and comes together in just 20-30 mins tops. Unlike traditional donuts, these don't use yeast, which explains why it finishes in half the time. Instead, it gets its rise from a large amount of baking powder.
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 2-3 cups water
- neutral oil, for frying
- homemade coco jam, for serving
- powdered sugar, for serving
Add flour, white sugar, and baking powder to a bowl. Whisk until well combined.
Add water and mix in with a wooden spoon. Start with 2 cups of water, then gradually add the remaining 1 cup if needed.
Turn out onto a table and knead for about 2 mins or until a smooth dough forms. Let dough rest for 30 mins.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a wide pot to 350F.
Divide the dough into 4 pcs. Take one piece, then roll and stretch it into a large, thin oval, no thicker than 1/4 in.
Carefully lower the dough into the oil and fry until puffed and lightly golden. Flip halfway through, about 3 mins per side.
Remove from oil and place on a paper towel or a cooling rack. Repeat the process until all doughs are fried.
Serve with desired toppings, either a generous smear of homemade coco jam or cover hevily with powdered sugar.
Serve per piece or cut into slices.
You can use any toppings you'd like: chocolate spread, peanut butter, fruit jams, etc.
If you want tiny pieces, you can divide the dough into 8-16 pieces before shaping or cutting them into smaller slices.