Why Buy Donuts Instead of Making Them


This post was supposed to be a fun take on making Krapfen (those jelly filled donuts you see at Fasching festivals) at home to celebrate Fasching. But I’m going to level with you, things took a turn. Wondering where I went wrong? That question will be haunting me nightly as well, but I suspect it was with having the idea to make jelly filled donuts from scratch. So I beg you not to try this.

But, if the idea is just too irresistible, here’s how to disappoint yourself and your family with what promised to be a sweet and seasonal treat:

Ingredients and Tools

ingredients baking Kelly Why Buy Donuts Instead of Making Them© Kelly Lauer
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (That’s a lot of flour. How many of these am I making?)
  • 1 1/2 oz fresh yeast (Again, that’s a lot of yeast?)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp lukewarm milk
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 5 tablespoons of room temperature butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • German preserves (Rosehip is traditional but any jam will do. I used apricot.)
  • Injection tool (This meat injector should work right?)
  • Candy thermometer

 Preparation

yeast and flour baking Kelly Why Buy Donuts Instead of Making Them© Kelly Lauer

In a bowl combine yeast, 1 tbsp sugar and 3 tbsp lukewarm milk and let sit for 15 minutes when yeast activates (will be foamy).


In a stand mixer with a dough hook, mix active yeast in with flour and add remaining milk, sugar, egg yolks, pinch of salt, and butter. Or, forego the mixer and just use your hands. It’s going to be a disaster either way. Mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball.

Balled dough baking Kelly Why Buy Donuts Instead of Making Them© Kelly Lauer

Allow the dough to rise in a warm place until it’s doubled in size (30-60 minutes). Check back on the dough and marvel at the fact that it has actually doubled. Text your mother to tell her what a genius baker you have become. You’ll regret this later but your ego needs you to acknowledge these little victories.

rising dough baking Kelly Why Buy Donuts Instead of Making Them© Kelly Lauer

While dough is rising, start the dishes. Wonder why you started this project. Curse yourself for using so many bowls. Think about how you’ll be rewarded for this menial labor with fresh donuts. This is a lie.

Flour your counter liberally. Make a mental note to clean the kitchen floor after this. Roll out the dough into ¾ inch thickness and cut into circles using 3 inch biscuit cutter or cup.

rolled out dough baking Kelly Why Buy Donuts Instead of Making Them© Kelly Lauer

Allow the cut-out dough circles to stand for a further 10 minutes covered with a dish towel. Text mom again with pictures. Life is going great! You could turn this into a business!

cutting out circles baking Kelly Why Buy Donuts Instead of Making Them© Kelly Lauer

Pour the oil into the pot. Begin to wonder why you haven’t ever invested in a deep fryer. Remember that fried food is really bad for you and making it more accessible is not a positive life choice. Consider one of those air fryers that you’ve heard about. Those are healthy right? Pause and go Google air fryers. Check shipping time. Close browser window and look back at recipe. Sigh deeply and return to this project you started. It’s too late.

oil baking Kelly Why Buy Donuts Instead of Making Them© Kelly Lauer

Using your thermometer, heat the oil to 370 degrees F in a deep-fryer or pot. Lower a couple of donuts at a time into the hot oil and fry until the puff up and turn golden brown. Fry three and see that it’s not looking right. Remove the fried clearly not donuts from the oil with a (wooden or metal) slotted spoon and allow to drain on paper towels.

Lower stove to medium. Try two more. Nope. Start forming dough into balls because maybe that will help? No. This is beyond help. Text mom aggressively. Choose from the following: “Wait. This is a mess.” “What happened?!” “What did I do to deserve this?” “$30,000 in student loans and I’m obviously not at all prepared for this ‘real world.’”

baking Kelly Why Buy Donuts Instead of Making Them© Kelly Lauer

Allow these messes to cool then fill them with jam using a decorating syringe with a long thin needle. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar because it will probably hide a lot of flaws. Sprinkle more because these are all flaw.

Look in fridge for a bottle of wine. Uncork. Guzzle (you’ve got enough dishes in front of you, no sense in dirtying another).

Author’s Profile: Kelly is a DOD wife, devoted dog-mom, a mediocre cook, a whiskey aficionado and an avid traveler who’s exploring the Kaiserslautern area with dog and husband in tow.

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