DIY Donuts: Try a Sweet Spin on the Breakfast Classic

Last Updated June 05, 2015
Artisanal donuts from Vermont

Almost every culture has its version of deep-fried dough balls we know as donuts (think the Polish pączki or French beignet). Professional chefs and pastry artists have become obsessed with both kinds. Menus now often boast gourmet creations, and donut-specific bakeries are opening all across the country with over-the-top, unusual flavors. 

But donuts as Americans know them come in two distinct forms: cake or yeast. The first tend to be more crumbly and dense. Yeast donuts (like glazed donuts and most jelly donuts) have a lighter, chewier texture. In honor of National Donut Day, put one of these unique donut bakeries on your list—or try one of their recipes. 

Goin' Donuts! Artisanal Donut Craze in Vermont

The Green Mountain state is bursting with artisanal doughnuts—here’s where to find them.
|436 Riverside Ave., Burlington, VT, us
|48 Carroll Rd, Waitsfield, VT, us
|111 St. Paul St., Burlington, VT, us
|961B US Route 2, Middlesex, VT, us
|23 Park Street , Underhill, VT, us
|179 Elliot St , Brattleboro, VT, us

Raised Maple Donuts

These decadent brunch treats feature bacon and a whiskey custard. If you prefer, leave out the meat and serve these up for dessert any time of the day.

Barbara Nedd’s Butternut Squash Cake Donuts

Move over, cider donuts. These savory squash circles are perfect for fall.

Wild Flour Bakery’s Jammy Donuts

Be patient, and let the dough rest overnight to develop its flavor and allow the gluten to relax. These can be filled with boundless options of jams, jellies and creams, and they can be finished with...


Check out this list of multicultural fried dough treats, like buñuelos and churros, and start making plans to try each one.
|750 South Highway 17/92, Longwood, FL, us
|1137 Doss Ave. Ste. 1155, Orlando, FL, us
|5810 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando, FL, us
|2512 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL, us
|7400 Southland Boulevard Suite #109, Orlando, FL, us
|1112 E Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL, us
|1414 W 1st St, Sanford, FL, us
|565 West Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, FL, us

Garden Beignets & Crispy Leaves

Garden Beignets & Crispy Leaves
This beignet can’t be too bad for you: The middle is filled with kale.

Whiskey Custard

Use this custard to fill donuts or layer cakes, or simply eat it by the spoonful after it comes off of the stovetop. (I have tried all three and highly recommend each option.)

Rocket 88 Doughnuts Puts Community First

Rocket 88 Doughnut Sign
Farm to counter-top, Rocket 88 Donuts, is the latest craze in Indianapolis and the growing Fountain Square area.