Cinnamon Donuts

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3/4 cup milk

2 x 7g packets dry yeast

1 cup caster sugar

pinch of salt

4 1/2 cups plain flour

220g butter, chilled and cut into small cubes

3 eggs, lightly beaten

2 teaspoons cinnamon

vegetable or light olive oil


1. Heat milk over low heat until just warm.

2. Remove from heat and pour into a jug.

3. Add yeast, 2 tablespoons caster sugar, and salt.

4. Whisk with a fork until well-combined.

5. Allow to stand for 10 minutes.

6. Sift flour into a large bowl.

7. Add butter and rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add 1/4 cup caster sugar, stirring until well-combined.

8. Make a well in the centre.

9. Add yeast mixture and eggs.

10. Mix until well-combined.

11. Drop mixture onto a floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes. Place dough into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Stand in a warm place for 45 minutes.

12. Combine remaining caster sugar and cinnamon on a plate.

13. Knock down dough and turn onto a lightly floured board.

14. Cut dough in half and knead each piece for 5 minutes.

15. Roll one piece out to 1 1/4cm thick.

16. Cut 8cm circles with a biscuit cutter. Using a 4cm round cutter, cut out centre of each circle to form donuts. Continue with remaining dough.

17. Half-fill a frypan with oil. Heat over medium heat until oil is hot.

18. Add 2 to 3 donuts at a time, cooking for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden.

19. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

20. Toss donuts, one at a time, in cinnamon sugar until well-coated.

Bon Appetit!

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