These are some of the easiest and tastiest from-scratch donuts! These homemade donuts can be prepared and air fried in a matter of minutes!
You do not need to be a master baker, to make donuts, they seem to intimate because you are used to going to the local or chain donut shop and ordering a perfect box of donuts. All uniformly made and frosted. The dough can be prepared ahead of time, and just covered in the refrigerator, so if you are running late or looking for something to prepare for a special occasion, donuts could still be served.
They make an excellent breakfast for any person, young and old. I used to surprise my kids on holidays, so on Thanksgiving, they would get Thanksgiving Donuts, Christmas, they would get Christmas donuts, etc. It was an easy and fun way to start any holiday morning.
When you are dealing with donuts, you come into contact with yeast. Here are some tips for working with yeast.
- The best place to store yeast is in the freezer.
- The water temperature does not matter, warm water works best, not hot water.
- Stir the yeast and the water together, so that the yeast is activated. All of the yeast needs to be dissolved.
- If you want to truly activate the yeast, add a teaspoon of sugar, which will make your yeast bubble up.
- The best temperature for yeast to rise is about 70 degrees F, to 80 degrees F.
- The ratio of yeast to flour is 1 tablespoon for 3 to 6 cups of flour.
There are two types of dry yeast, (Regular) active dry yeast and Rapid-Rise Yeast. The only difference which the name suggests is that the Rapid-Rise yeast rises in 1/2 the time. So, most that are sold today are rapid rise. I always purchase a large bottle, because as stated above, if you store it in the freezer it will last infinitely.
All dough needs time to rise. So, I usually put a kitchen towel over my bowl of dough and let it rise. You only need a second rising if you use regular yeast.
A donut cutter is one of the few tools that you will need, they come in hand with all sorts of pastry baking. So, grab a sturdy set and it will come in handy throughout your baking, in the years to come.
One of the greatest fines that I found for the air fryer, was this silicone donut mold, which is regular size. What I did was cut them out, so they would fit into the air fryer basket.
This is the mini silicone mold, which comes in handy.
When you go about glazing your donuts, the best way to get the glaze to stick is to glaze the donuts, when they are still warm. If you have a cooling rack, as you glaze them, just place them on them, and they add your decorations.
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- 1 box cake mix
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
Start by making your donut mix, in a large mixing bowl, mix all of the donut ingredients together.
Pour your batter into the silicone donut molds, and place them into the air fryer basket, St the time for 6 minutes at 320 degrees F.
Repeat with the remaining batter, and let the donuts cool, before you frost them.
Then make the glaze, in a small mixing bowl, mix the glaze ingredients together. Then frost the donuts, you can add some sprinkles for some decorations.
Plate, serve and enjoy!