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Berliner Donut Recipe

Course Cakes, Dessert
Cuisine German
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12 Donuts
Author Marita


  • hand or stand mixer
  • kitchen thermometer
  • piping bag with thin, long, about 7 mm round nozzle


  • 200 ml milk 6.7 fl oz, lukewarm
  • 70 gr butter 2.4 oz - at room temperature
  • 500 gr flour 17.6 oz - Germany type 405, UK plain flour, US pastry flour
  • 40 gr sugar 1.5 oz
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 7 g instant yeast (1 packet or 2 teaspoon)
  • 3 egg yolks

For the filling

  • 250 g jam see article for tradiional fillings.

To fry

  • 750 ml vegetable oil such as sunflower oil. Alternativley use vegetarian lard


  • Mix the sugar and yeast into the lukewarm milk. Leave to stand for 10 minutes. The yeast should start to bubble.  
  • Add the flour, butter, vanilla sugar, salt to a bowl. Pour over the yeast mixture and knead to a thick dough with a stand or hand mixer. Add the egg yolks one by one. Then knead the dough for about 5 minutes. 
  • Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl (prevents the dough from sticking) and cover it with a kitchen towel. Leave to rise for about 60 minutes. 
  • Knead the risen yeast dough with your hands on a lightly floured surface. Then divide the dough into 12 even pieces. (For me they were approx. 60 gr/ 2oz each). 
  • Roll each dough into a ball. Using a circular motion with the palm of your hand, gently roll the dough on a floured surface to create a ball shape. The ball shape can also be created by rolling the dough between the palms of both hands using the same circular motion. The dough balls will enlarge during the final rising period.
  • Place the balls on a lined baking tray and cover with a tea towel. Leave to rise for a further 30 minutes. 
  • Place the oil into a large pot and heat up. I recommend using a thermometer and leave the heat to rise to 170°C or 338°F. If you don’t have a thermometer then wait until the oil forms bubbles on a wooden spoon and then turn down the heat. It is important that you don’t cook your donuts too hot, as otherwise, the dough will not cook evenly.
  • Fry each donut for approximately for 3 minutes on each side. 
  • Remove them with a slotted spoon and pat them dry on a kitchen towel to absorb the remaining grease. Leave to cool down for at least 20 minutes before filling. 

Filling the donut

  • Fill a piping bag with the jam of your choice. If your jam comes with bits, run it to a sieve, as otherwise the pipe will get blocked. The piping tip needs to be long and narrow. (around 7mm). Dust each doughnut with some icing sugar before serving.