Bon Appetit recently published a delicious recipe for cake donuts made with Greek yogurt, which they called “yonuts.” The yogurt gives them just a little tang, and they are quite simple to make. You can probably have warm donuts for breakfast in about half an hour.
So, their recipe is
- 2 ½ tsp baking powder
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 Tb melted unsalted butter, cooled
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 5-6 cups vegetable oil for frying (peanut or canola)
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- Pinch of salt
- Zest from ¼ lemon
- ¼ cup water (or less)
- Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl
- Mix the egg yolks, yogurt, melted butter together with a whisk
- Mix in the granulated sugar and vanilla extract.
- Slowly add the flower mixture and mix with a whisk, or eventually a wooden spoon. The batter will be a bit stiff.
- Roll out the batter on a flour board or floured parchment. You may need to flour the top side, too.
- Cut out the donuts using a donut cutter, or a circular cookie cutter. In the latter case, we found you could dig out the donut hole with a cookie scoop. Dust off any excess flour before frying.
- Heat the oil to 350˚ F (use a thermometer) and cook the donuts 3-4 at a time. BA suggests 2 minutes per side, but we found that a bit too long. We recommend 1 to 1 ½ minutes per side. Turn them when they are brown.
- Drain the donuts on a wire rack until cool.
- Meanwhile, mix the powdered sugar with water until it is thin enough to dip the donuts in, but don’t overdo it. Mix in some zest from ¼ lemon.
- Dip both sides of each donut in the icing and let them dry briefly. Eat at once.
We ate them as soon as we could. This recipe makes 9-10 donuts. They are still pretty good the second day. You should probably rewarm them in the microwave for 15 seconds or so.