A Quick Doughnut Recipe – A Taste Sensation – Tried & Tested

Lord Tennyson, said in his Locksley Hall poem, “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love”.

Saturday, 8th June 2013 in Port Elizabeth saw sinister grey clouds scudding in from an angry sea and a chilly wind howling and moaning through the gaps in the doors and up the trouser legs. Rain was beating a tattoo on the windows and trees bent in reluctant submission to the stormy blast.


The sort of weather that makes a chap think of food.

Thus it was that I altered Alfred’s line to, “In grim weather, a young man’s fancy fondly turns to thoughts of food”. And what better food to warm the cockles and generally bring about a cheerful radiance to the countenance, than a doughnut – or six?

The possibility of the inner man needing a little something to quell the crippling fear of the roof lifting off and me ending up with hair like Justin Bieber, galvanised me into action

Thumbing through the recipe books revealed more than one kind of doughnut. The ‘original’ American doughnut recipe calls for yeast and a waiting time, while the French Market Doughnut, using baking powder as a rising agent, is a little simpler and quicker. However, I felt that a little more flavour in the batter was necessary so I changed a few things and I am pleased to report that a most flavoursome batch of doughnuts emerged.

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A pile of delicious doughnuts just waiting to be devoured.

Here then, is a recipe for quick doughnuts that are bursting with flavour.


Metric Measures Cups ‘n Spoons ‘n Things
190ml sugar 3/4 cup
30ml butter 2 Tablespoons
750ml  cake flour 3 cups
15ml baking powder 1Tablespoon
2.5ml salt 1/2 teaspoon
15ml cinnamon 3 teaspoons
15ml nutmeg 3 teaspoons
5ml ground cloves 1 teaspoon
5ml mixed spice or ground mace 1 teaspoon
250ml  milk 1 cup
  • Cinnamon sugar with which to to dust the doughnuts.
  • Nutella or…
  • Melted chocolate or…
  • Apple (Granny Smith is the best – but most apples will do)
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Understandable anticipation should be tempered by a resistance to remove the doughnuts with fingers.


  1. Cream the warm butter and sugar together.
  2. Into another bowl, combine the dry ingredients together through a sieve.
  3. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk.
  4. After mixing well, place on a floured surface and roll out to about 6mm thick.
  5. Using a large cookie cutter and a (clean) plastic two-litre bottle cap (or a small cookie cutter if you are well equipped in the kitchen) cut out the doughnuts and cut smaller holes into each, removing the centre piece to make a ring.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 using up the dough until finished.
  7. Leave rings for about 10 to 15 minutes while you heat up the oil
  8. Fry the doughnuts in deep oil (about 190C) until brown on one side. We gauge a doughnut ready to turn when the inner ring begins to turn brown. Turn them over and brown on the other side (only turn once).
  9. Remove from the oil and place on a plate with kitchen paper (paper towels) to soak up any excess oil.
  10. Apply coatings of delight. This can be cinnamon sugar or melted chocolate/nutella – or whatever tickles your tastebuds.

By now you ought to be feeling profound pangs of remorse at devouring all this sugar coated cholesterol; so how about removing the core of an apple, slicing it up and placing a slice between two doughnuts. It might not be all that much healthier, but it will help to


An interesting variation – a slice of apple between two doughnuts – to appease the conscience.

Now, don’t wait for foul weather or buy doughnuts from the local deli. If you’re feeling energetic, get into the kitchen and rustle up some of these doughnut delights. Let me know how you go.


About Freud Fission Chips

Despite the banality of the name, FFC has led an intensely varied life. Grateful for surviving almost three years as a 'troepie' (soldier for non-South African Readers) in the Angolan war, he determined to wring as much out of life as possible. Currently providing Business Analysis services, trading on the stock market and developing web pages to pay the bills, FFC also dabbles in wildlife, landscape and people photography, writing, and far too many interests for his own good. He has also travelled extensively in southern Africa (working on the sound theory that a moving target is more dificult to hit). These peregrinations also include over 1500kms on foot through some of the worlds most spectacular scenery. It hasn't all been plain sailing, beer and skittles, and endless beds of roses... Chief amongst the prerequisites for surviving Africa, with its mind-bending characteristics, is an appropriate sense of humour.... So, for now, he will be recounting the amusing among the annoying, the frustrating wrapped in the funny and extracting the mirth from the melancholy... Oh yes, there might be some alliteration too.
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2 Responses to A Quick Doughnut Recipe – A Taste Sensation – Tried & Tested

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