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Chinese Donuts

This Homemade Chinese Donut recipe is exactly like the ones you get from the Chinese buffet dessert table but made from scratch.

These donuts are so crazy delicious! I mean, who doesn’t love a delicious donut?? Hubs just loves those Chinese Buffets! I can always get him to go shopping with me if I mention we are going out for a Chinese buffet. He also is crazy about those Chinese Donuts. To be honest with you, so am I. Wait, do you say doughnuts or donuts? Well since these are made with dough, I should be writing doughnuts, well either way, you know what I mean.

It’s just pure decadence so how could they not be incredible? Hubs and I discovered a way to make them even more indulgent in the best possible fashion – they happen to taste fabulous with ice cream!

This recipe takes a biscuit dough variation and deep fries them, finishing with a generous sugar coating. All the recipes I found online for homemade Chinese donuts use premade refrigerated tubes of biscuit dough, but I wanted a homemade from scratch version and I’m thrilled with what I was able to come up with!

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The exterior crunch is marvelous, and the inside is soft, tender, and fluffy like a cross between a biscuit and a doughnut.

A quick recipe note, make sure that the donuts are cooked all the way through before coating with sugar. Use a cake tester or toothpick to check. During my last little batch of frying donuts the oil had dropped in temperature without my noticing and those ones ended up a little doughy in the middle.

Use both hands to work it into a nice large ball. Do not flour surface. 

Take the total weight of your dough and divide by twelve.

Cut the dough into small chunks the weight of your divided by twelve. Work it in a circular motion between the flat work surface and the palm of your hand until each donut is rolled and compact. If you do use flour here use a very tiny amount on your hands.

Place the frying oil into an small pot and heat it to 350 degrees approximately between a 2 and 3 on the stove. It’s best to have a deep frying thermometer that will read the temperature of the oil. Fry no more than two donuts at a time not to crowd the pan.

Remove the donuts from the oil when they a golden brown in color. Place them on a baking rack to cool slightly. The total cook time for your donuts is about 4 minutes.

Before the donuts are completely cooled roll them in the two cups of sugar and set back on the rack.

Chinese Donuts

Chinese Buffets are known for a standard set of dishes. You are always going to see Wonton Soup, Pineapple Fried Rice, Chicken Fried Rice, Asian and Pineapple Ribs. For some reason, often by the fried wontons, you are going to find these donuts. These donuts are delicious and very easy to make.

How long do Chinese Donuts last?

They are fresh and taste best the day they are made. This recipe makes 12 to 15 donuts.

HELPFUL TOOLS

  • Cookie scoop – the PERFECT tool to drop the dough into the oil with… plus it’s great for cookies and meatballs!
  • Piping tip – I love using this tip in either a piping bag or regular ziplock for filling the donuts with raspberry sauce.
  • Cooling rack – This is great for placing the donuts to cool after you’ve fried them.  It lifts them off the counter so they don’t get soggy on the bottom.
  • Wire Spider – the BEST tool for removing fried foods from the hot oil!

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Chinese Donuts
Yield: 12-15 Donuts

Chinese Donuts

Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

Chinese Donuts, just like what you will find at the Chinese buffet tables, are so easy to make at home and sweet treat for brunch or anytime.

Instructions

Add lukewarm milk to a mixing bowl and sprinkle your yeast on top.

In 5 minutes bubbles will start to form on the surface.

Once this happens add your eggs, 2 teaspoons sugar, salt, flour, and butter.

Ina bowl of a stand mixer with dough hook knead the ingredients for 10 minutes or until they form a smooth, tacky dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

If your dough is too wet, add flour 1 teaspoon at a time until it is the proper consistency.

Turn the dough onto a flat surface.

Use both hands to work it into a nice large ball. Do not flour surface. 

Once you formed a ball, place it in a lightly greased bowl with olive oil and cover it with plastic wrap.

Let the dough rest for an hour and a half until the ball has doubled in size. 

Take the total weight of your dough and divide by twelve.

You will yield 12 to 15 donuts.

Cut the dough into small chunks the weight of your divided by twelve. Work it in a circular motion between the flat work surface and the palm of your hand until each donut is rolled and compact. If you do use flour here use a very tiny amount on your hands.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set all the donuts on it. Cover and let the dough rise again until doubled in size about one hour.

Place the frying oil into an small pot and heat it to 350 degrees approximately between a 2 and 3 on the stove. It's best to have a deep frying thermometer that will read the temperature of the oil. Fry no more than two donuts at a time not to crowd the pan.

Remove the donuts from the oil when they a golden brown in color. Place them on a baking rack to cool slightly. The total cook time for your donuts is about 4 minutes.

Before the donuts are completely cooled roll them in the two cups of sugar and set back on the rack.

Nutrition Information

Yield

15

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 202Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 27mgSodium 87mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 1gSugar 27gProtein 3g

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Linda

Thursday 13th of June 2019

These are my favorite. When I go to the Chinese Buffet I gotta get well just a few. :) Thank you for sharing.

Nettie

Monday 17th of June 2019

They are my favorite as well!

Miz Helen

Wednesday 12th of June 2019

Congratulations! Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and thank you so much for sharing it with us. Your post will be pinned to our features board and hope you have a great week! Miz Helen

Nettie

Monday 17th of June 2019

Thank you so much for the feature!

Farrah

Friday 1st of March 2019

I've never tried making these on my own but I've always loved em'! Thanks so much for the recipe!

Nettie

Friday 1st of March 2019

Thank you for stopping by, hope you enjoy the recipe Farrah.

Nettie

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