Raised Doughnuts

These doughnuts are lighter and fluffier than a cake doughnut. It’s well worth the time it takes for the dough to rise!

Serves: 24Hands-on: 45 minutesTotal: 2 hours 45 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 24


  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1⁄2 cup water, lukewarm
  • 1⁄4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup boiling water
  • 1⁄3 cup plus 3 Tbsp. soy milk, divided
  • Egg replacement equal to 2 eggs
  • 1⁄2 tsp. plus 1⁄8 tsp. salt, divided
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. vegan margarine
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1⁄4 tsp. vanilla extract


  • Stir yeast into 1⁄2 cup lukewarm water in a large bowl and set aside for 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, stir shortening and sugar into the 1⁄2 cup boiling water until dissolved. Warm 1⁄3 cup soy milk and add it to the egg replacement, yeast mixture, and the sugar mixture.
  • Mix in 1⁄2 teaspoon salt and 2 cups flour. Gradually mix in additional flour until you have a soft dough. Place dough on a floured surface and knead until smooth, approximately 5 minutes. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and set aside for 1 hour, until doubled in size.
  • Punch the dough down and place on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough to 1⁄2 inch thick and cut out 2- to 3-inch circles with a doughnut cutter or the rim of a drinking glass. Place dough circles on parchment paper and allow to rise for 1 hour.
  • Pour oil into a deep pot and heat to 375°F over medium to medium-high heat. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, turning once, until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.
  • Melt vegan margarine in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and add confectioners' sugar, remaining 3 tablespoons soy milk, remaining salt, and vanilla extract. Whisk until creamy.
  • While doughnuts are still warm, dip in glaze on one side and place on wire racks to cool. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.