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Pink Old Fashioned Glazed Donuts

Stack of pink homemade donuts on a plate
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These easy old-fashioned donuts are pink inside and out! Fluffy homemade donuts made from scratch and covered in a pink marbled glaze.

Ingredients

For the donuts:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dragonfruit powder
  • 3/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For the glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp dragonfruit powder

Instructions

Make the Donuts

Mix dry ingredients. In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, sugar, yeast, baking powder, salt and dragonfruit powder. Set aside.

Combine wet ingredients and add to dry. In a separate bowl whisk together milk, water, egg, and melted butter. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix until a dough is formed.

Knead & let rise. Knead the dough for 3-4 minutes and cover with a kitchen towel. Let it rise for about 2 hours until doubled in size.

Shape the donuts. Turn the dough on a floured surface and roll out to about 1/2 inch thickness. Use a 2.5-inch donut cutter or two differently sized biscuit cutters to cut out the donuts. You should get about 24 donuts.

Prep your cooling area. Line a baking sheet or cooling rack with paper towels. Set aside.

Heat canola oil in a deep pot over medium-high heat. Place a candy thermometer on the side of your pot and add 5 inches of oil. When the oil reaches 345F-350F you can fry your donuts.

Fry the donuts a few at a time. Be careful not to overcrowd the pot. Fry on each side for about 1 minute, being careful not to let them burn. Let drain on the paper towel to soak up the excess grease.

Make the Glaze and Add to the Donuts

Place a cooling rack over a parchment paper lined baking sheet. This is where you’ll set your donuts after they have been glazed. 

Mix ingredients. In a medium bowl, mix the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth, with no lumps of sugar remaining.

Make the colored glaze. Take 2 tbsp of the glaze to a different bowl and add the dragonfruit powder. Mix well.

Add colored glaze to create a marble effect. To create the marble pattern drop 1-2 tsp of the dragonfruit glaze into the plain one and mix. Draw a wooden skewer or spoon through the dragonfruit glaze to make swirl patterns inside the plain glaze.

Glaze the donuts. Carefully dunk each donut face down into the glaze and lift right up. Hold the donuts by the side with the tips of your fingers and let the glaze drip off for a few seconds. After every other donut, add a little bit of extra dragonfruit glaze into the plain one and create new swirls.

Let the glaze harden. Transfer donuts onto a cooling rack above a sheet pan to catch any excess glaze and let sit for about 20-30 minutes.

Notes

If you want to add sprinkles you can do so right after the donuts have been glazed, before the glaze has been given a chance to harden. 

Keywords: pink donuts, old fashioned donut, homemade donuts, glazed donut