Dutch Oven Glazed Donuts

Two sets of donuts on a paper towel, two are glazed and two are glazed with chocolate sprinkles.

Even outdoors you can enjoy wonderful snacks like these Dutch oven glazed donuts which are a perfect treat around the campfire. You can have them for breakfast, as a midday snack, or enjoy them in the evening for dessert. They are fun to make and absolutely delicious to eat. 

This recipe uses the dough and cookie cutter method to get the donut shape. They are then deep-fried to cook through and finished with a simple glaze. If looking for some extra flavor or color, feel free to add sprinkles to the glaze before it sets.

Deep frying is not as scary as it first seems although does take a little planning when doing it outdoors, compared to other cooking methods. From the safety side remember that oil is flammable. Be careful you monitor when cooking over the fire or on a camp stove which may create higher heat than similar cooking methods at home.

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Four golden brown cooked but not yet glazed donuts sitting on a chopping board.
Once deep fried the donuts are a golden brown on the outside and cooked all the way through, if not cooked in the middle the oil may be too hot.
Two donut shaped pieces of dough being placed into oil in a Dutch oven.
Gently lay the donuts into the hot oil to avoid splashing and burns which can happen if they are dropped in.
Two donuts deep frying in oil in a Dutch oven.
Don’t overcrowd the oil, leave enough space for the donuts as overcrowding can lower the oil temperature, making the donuts greasy.
Four raw donuts sit on a chopping board.
The donuts are cut out with two cutters to create the characteristic ring shape.
A cooked donut being dipped into the plain glaze.
The whole donut or just one side can be glazed. The easiest way is to dip the whole donut.
Two sets of donuts on a paper towel, two are glazed and two are glazed with chocolate sprinkles.
Donuts can be glazed or you can add sprinkles to them for added color, texture, and flavor.

Dutch Oven Glazed Donuts Recipe

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Two sets of donuts on a paper towel, two are glazed and two are glazed with chocolate sprinkles.
Even outdoors you can enjoy wonderful snacks like these Dutch Oven glazed donuts which are a perfect treat around the campfire.
Preparation 20 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Ready in 35 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
CourseDessert
DifficultyExperienced
MethodDeep Fry
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Ingredients

Donuts

  • 3 cups oil, for frying e.g. canola
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • chocolate sprinkles (optional)

Equipment

  • Dutch oven
  • mixing bowl
  • Rolling Pin
  • cookie cutters

Directions

Donuts

  • In a Dutch oven, heat 1-inch of clean oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • While the oil is heating, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, sugar, melted butter, and milk.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and fold together until no streaks of flour remain, but try not to over mix.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface with a rolling pin to about 1/4-inch (1/2cm) thickness. Use a 3-inch (7 1/2cm) biscuit cutter to cut out six circles. Use a smaller cutter (a piping tip works) to cut out the middles.
  • Once the oil is hot, carefully slide three donuts into the oil. Fry for 15 to 20 seconds on the first side, then flip. Fry the other side for 15 seconds, or until golden brown, and then remove from the oil. Let rest on a paper towel lined cooling rack so the excess oil drips away. Repeat with the remaining donuts and donut holes.

Glaze

  • While cooling, whisk together the confectioner's sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a shallow dish. Dip the donuts in the glaze, then serve.
  • If desired, add chocolate sprinkles to the glazed donuts while the glaze is still wet.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 239mgCalcium: 22mgVitamin A: 93IUSugar: 19gFiber: 1gPotassium: 43mgCholesterol: 36mgCalories: 1164kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 72gPolyunsaturated Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 9gFat: 114gProtein: 3gCarbohydrates: 35gIron: 1mg

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