Desserts, Photography

Mom’s donuts


I love donuts. The one filled with lots of sugar and fried in oil. They are so tasteful but in the same time so not healthy for you. For years now, I made my donuts as light as possible, most of the time baked in the oven with maple syrup or honey.

But, sometimes you need to remember the taste of you childhood. And I did.

My husband saw two days in the row at the TV donuts and told me that he wants to eat donuts. I said no problem, I will make some. We bought a waffle machine and you can make donuts too. He looked at me and said he doesn’t want my healthy donuts. He wants the “normal donuts, the original”.

So, I asked my mom to make them, because you will never cook or bake like your mother. We are used with our parents cooking and baking, that it takes a lot of time to eat different.

My mom made these amazing “normal donuts” and they were great. I ate 10 of them and I was in heaven. I can have a day with white sugar once a few months. It was worth it. So, THANK YOU mom.

I let you enjoy my photographs with my mom’s donuts. I look at the photos and I remember how good they were.

What is your favorite dessert from your childhood?

Have next week a dessert from your childhood. It is a great time to remember the time you were young and free. Add some photos and you will have a great day.



  • 250 ml milk
  • 500 g white flour
  • 150 g sugar
  • 3 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 100 ml oil
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 Tablespoon vanilla-rum extract
  • 2 pouches vanilla sugar


In a small bowl, combine the dry yeast with 1 tablespoon of sugar and ¼ of the warm milk. Mix for 1 minute to dissolve the yeast and let it rest for 5-7 minutes.

In a large bowl place the white flour and make a hole in the center. Sprinkle the salt and pour yeast and the milk mixture over flour.

Add the eggs, remaining sugar & milk, lemon zest, vanilla-rum extract and vanilla sugar.

Mix to incorporate all ingredients with a spoon. Add the oil a little at a time and knead with your hands for about 15-30 minutes, until the dough will not stick to your hands. For a good dough the important thing is to knead as hard as you can.

Cover with a clean towel and place in a warm spot. Allow dough to rise until double in size.

Roll out to be about 1/2 inch thick. Use a glass to make the donuts.

Pour a quart or 2 of oil into a heavy-bottomed pot. Stress on the heavy bottom because this oil gets HOT!!

Cook a couple doughnuts at a time until they’re golden. Let them cool a bit and then just powder sugar on top of them.



106 thoughts on “Mom’s donuts”

  1. Apple pie and custard first comes to mind for me, as well as rhubarb and custard. But I never turned down a doughnut either as a kid, or an adult. Doughnuts aren’t in my diet now though unless they are milk free.

  2. Yum yum yummy! These look so delicious and nostalgic. I am so glad you ate them all up and hope you licked your fingers when you were done. Mum’s baking rules. Thanks so much for sharing. margaret

  3. My mom and grandma made Bavarian version of donuts – with cream cheese and powidl on the top. Beautiful look and delicious taste. Thanks for such yummy memory. I didn’t eat donuts for ages.

  4. OH MY GOODNESS – Donut heaven in your photos! My mum was a good baker, many treats were made, not donuts though. I remember Christmas Cake possibly the best – she cooked it then it lived in the cupboard in the lounge for weeks whilst she ‘fed’ it, then the divine marzipan and icing a little before the big day – and on the day we couldn’t eat too much because we’d usually stuffed ourselves silly with a huge dinner and dates/figs/chocolates!

  5. I had such a doughnut craving the other day and my sweet husband went and got me some Krispie Kreme the next day. After reading your post, I might have to ask him to get more, not that those doughnuts look remotely as good as your mom’s!

  6. I don’t really like the American donuts since I started living in Europe. But when I moved to Strasbourg, it’s a Mardi Gras special in Alsace. And oh my, are they heaven !! I bought a bag full in Paris at my local bakery this past February. A treat. ❤

  7. How about bagels with a twist and making. Make a bagel and layer it with strawberry or blueberry and ricotta or any such cheese mixed with some sugar. It will just berry much make ure day . Pun intended. 🙂

  8. I have not tried making donuts at home before but your photos are very inspiring and the recipe looks simple enough. No time like the present as they say. Thank you for the wonderful idea!

  9. Okay… this story is from a million years ago when I was a child…

    A Jerry Lewis movie was coming on television: The Disorderly Orderly. We LOVED Jerry Lewis. We invited our friend over to watch it with us and sleep over. There were no VHS machines so when it was on, that was when you watched it….

    While we were hanging out watching the movie, my mother came in with the most incredible donuts… soft, warm, glazed… a little oily. Each bite was the food-equivalent of heaven. I’ve tried duplicating them for my kids and they DO like them… but, I’ll never get them the same as my mom did so many years ago…

  10. Years ago I lived in Salem, Mass., and would go to the Coffee Time Bakery where during Lent they would make paczki (pronounced “poonch-ky”), a supremely rich donut that to me was the apex of the donut-maker’s art.

    They were filled with fruit jam and could also be had split and filled with jam and whipped cream. It was impossible to be unhappy while eating one.

    Your photos and your mother’s recipe reminded me of those donuts and the lovely moments I had eating them with my friends.

      1. Um…I figured that much. But any store in particular?That’s not a common item in U.S. grocery stores. It looks like there are several sizes, what size do you use? How many ounces?

  11. Actually, donuts were one of my FAVORITE sweets growing up! It was with my grandpa. My grandparents lived in the country and it was a field trip into town for groceries. Once we arrived, my grandpa would buy a dozen glazed donuts for us to eat while we shopped. Then, of course, those were gone so my grandpa bought another dozen glazed donuts for the ride home. #Donuts #GoodTimes
    Speaking of moms, another sweet treat was my mom’s pound cake! I enjoy donuts and pound cake on a regular basis 😍
    Thank you for sharing your mom’s “normal donuts.” Going to absolutely make!😉

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