Happy National Do(ugh)nut Day!

This June 1st is National Donut Day! Or, as some of us prefer to call it, Doughnut Day. Why we shortened that word to five letters, I'll never know, but nevertheless, this is a day for great celebration. 

Doughnuts are wonderful creations that can range from light and fluffy to dense and moist, depending on the type. But, most people have to go out to a bakery that makes doughnuts to be able to eat one. Below is a list of doughnut cookbooks to help you make them at home, using the equipment you probably already have in your kitchen. This list contains books I have personally tried out and successfully made doughnuts with, so if I can do it, you should be able to as well. Happy doughnut making!

Do(ough)nut Cookbooks to Try for Home Baking

List created by Dhruti Bhagat

Here are a few cookbooks designed to help you learn how to make doughnuts at home without having to get any special equipment or know anything about baking.

From this book, I made both the curd-filled and the chocolate cake doughnuts, which came out great. This book also has recipes for vegan and gluten-free doughnuts, so I would recommend it if you are working with dietary restrictions.

I've only tried the espresso cream donut recipe here, but they turned out rather well, and they have a recipe for a croissant donut that I have had my eye on trying for a while. One great feature of this book is that is tells you how to bake cake donuts in addition to frying them. It also lists out the time needed for each recipe and separates out how much of that is active. For those cutting down on sugar, this book does contain recipes for sugar-free donuts, which is great.

I tried the honey cornmeal doughnut in this book, and it was pretty fantastic. The thing I enjoy most about this book is the unique flavor combinations it has, because that's something I am always interested in.

The nice thing about this book is that it has a section on doughnut-making techniques and provides ways for you to tell if your dough has developed enough. The book also includes chapters dedicated to glazes, fillings, doughnuts around the world, and creative doughnut combinations. I ended up trying the old-fashioned doughnut recipe, which I was delighted to see this book had in its arsenal.

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