How To Make Nigerian Doughnut

Nigerian doughnut is a beloved sweet treat that both kids and adults find delicious. Preparation of doughnut in Nigeria has dozens of variations, starting from the ingredients and finishing with the cooking method.

If you’re wondering how to prepare doughnut at home, it’s best to start with a simple doughnut recipe that is guaranteed to help you succeed. Find out how to make doughnut in Nigeria right now!


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1. Nigerian doughnut recipe ingredients

Before you find out how to make Nigerian doughnut, here is a list of ingredients for making doughnut you’ll need.

  • Flour – 250g
  • Whole milk – 75ml
  • Sugar – 25g
  • Butter – 100g
  • One egg
  • Yeast – 2tsp
  • Salt – 1/4tsp
  • Vegetable oil for frying

You’ll also need to decorate your doughnuts after frying. For this doughnut recipe and method it’s best to use melted butter and icing sugar, although, if you’re looking for new ideas on how to prepare doughnut, you can also cover them with sugar icing, cinnamon, sprinkles, coconut, or nuts.

2. How to make Nigeria doughnut

Every home cook wants to know how to make soft fluffy doughnuts because there are many mistakes that can result in tough, unappetizing doughnuts. Luckily, this tutorial will teach you exactly how to make soft doughnuts. Follow these steps:

  1. Let’s start with a tutorial on how to make doughnut dough from scratch. Use a small bowl to heat up the milk and combine warm milk with the sugar, letting the sugar completely dissolve.
  2. In a larger bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, salt, and yeast. Make a well in the center of the boil and slowly put the milk, mixing everything with a spatula. At this stage, you can add up to 1/2 cup of water if the paste is too thick.
  3. Melt the butter, whisk an egg, and add those ingredients one by one into the batter, using your spatula to mix it.
  4. Add some more flour until the dough is soft yet stretchy. Start kneading the dough on a workstation lightly dusted with flour. When the dough has achieved the right elastic consistency, shape it into a ball, put in a bowl and cover with a cloth. Leave for 30 minutes.
  5. In 30 minutes the dough should roughly double in size. Knead the dough once again.
  6. Dust the workstation with flour and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough until it’s about 1,5-2cm thick.
  7. Take a large and small cookie cutter and cut the dough into the signature O-shaped doughnuts. You can use cups, bottle caps, or any other round objects instead of cookie cutters. Leave the cut doughnuts to rise for 30 more minutes.
  8. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan and fry the doughnuts. It’s important for the pan not to be overfilled with dough, otherwise, the temperature will drop and the doughnuts won’t achieve the right look and consistency.
  9. Scoop the doughnuts out of the oil and drain them on a paper towel. At this point, you can decorate the doughnuts by dipping them in melted butter and sprinkling icing sugar on them or using your other preferred decoration method.

This is what the most common cooking process for doughnuts looks like. If you’re wondering how to make doughnuts in the oven to avoid deep-fried foods, you can easily adapt this recipe for baking and get the same fluffy doughnuts without all the extra oil.

3. Other ways to cook doughnuts

You’ve just learned the traditional Nigerian doughnut recipe, but what if you have any food allergies or are missing some of the ingredients for the doughnuts? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

How to make doughnut without egg? If you can’t use an egg in your recipe, you can omit it – the dough will not be as rich and will lose some of its appealing yellow cover, but it’s still possible to cook delicious egg-free doughnuts.

How to make doughnut without yeast? Cooking with yeast is terrifying for many inexperienced cooks, but with this tip on how to make doughnuts without yeast and milk, you can cook yeast-free doughnuts that still taste great! In this case, you will need to use baking powder to achieve the classic fluffy doughnut texture.


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