Sugar Donut Balls Recipe

Here’s a great recipe for making scrumptious sugar donut balls at home. I love the vanilla, lemon and rum flavours. Serve dusted with icing sugar and apricot jam on the side.

Plain sugar doughnut balls

Easy Sugar Donut Bread Balls Recipe


  • 130g butter, soft
  • 60g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 500g plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 7g dried yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp rum
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 200g milk
  • Peanut oil for frying
  • Apricot jam with a little rum
  • Icing sugar

Plain doughnut ball halves

How to make the donuts

  1. Whisk the butter and sugar in a bowl until creamy
  2. Add the egg and the egg yolks bit by bit – whisk well
  3. Sieve in the flour
  4. Add the remaining ingredients (vanilla sugar, lemon zest, yeast, rum, vinegar and milk)
  5. Combine well and knead for 5 minutes
  6. Place the dough back in the bowl
  7. Cover the bowl and leave the dough to roughly double in size (it took 2 hours for me but the time depends on the room temperature)
  8. Roll the dough into a thick sausage shape and divide into 18 pieces on a floured work surface
  9. Shape each piece into a smooth ball, rolling it between your hands
  10. Place the dough balls on a floured work surface
  11. Cover with a tea towel and cling film or a plastic bag to prevent them from drying out too much
  12. Uncover for 30 mins at the end of the second rise so a thin skin can be formed
  13. Heat the oil to 160°C – 170°C
  14. Carefully slide the donuts into the oil (top side down) then cover the pot to allow the steam support the rise
  15. Fry covered for 1.5 minutes, check and if they have turned golden brown, carefully turn them and fry for another 1.5 mins (without the cover)
  16. Turn again and fry the top side for another 30 seconds
  17. Place on some kitchen roll and leave to cool for 30 minutes
  18. Serve with icing sugar and apricot jam

Homemade doughnut balls