Many people consider donuts (also spelled doughnuts) to be among the tastiest desserts in the world. These delectable treats are often purchased from bakeries, but you might want to make your own.
Homemade donuts can be very satisfying, but you have to figure out how to make them properly. Normally, you’d want to use an oven to make them.
What would it be like if you didn’t have an oven that you could use, though? Would it still be possible to make donuts in this situation?
Don’t worry, it’s still possible! Continue reading to learn about the various ways to make donuts at home without using an oven.
1 – Use an Air Fryer
One of the most practical options that you’ll have will be to use an air fryer. If you don’t have an oven, an air fryer will be the next best choice for making homemade donuts.
There are many different recipes that you can find online for air fryer donuts. It’d be best to follow a recipe so that you can get the results that you’re hoping for.
Typically, you’re going to start by making a yeast dough. You activate the yeast by scattering it over some lukewarm milk.
Add some sugar and then stir things around gently. Allow the mixture to sit for ten minutes and you should be able to see the yeast popping.
Keep adding the dough ingredients from the recipe that you’ve chosen. You then want to knead the dough.
It’ll be a lot easier if you have a stand mixer that you can use. You can get this done with a standard mixer, though.
Eventually, you’ll be able to cut out your donuts. You can use biscuit cutters to get the job done.
Shape the donuts and then cut out the holes in the middle. Then make a nice glaze that you can put on them when everything is done.
You’ll be ready to put your donuts in the air fryer now. Follow the recommendations on the specific recipe that you’re using.
2 – Microwave Donuts
You might not have expected that making donuts using a microwave would be possible. This is certainly not the normal way to go about making them, but it can work out pretty well.
Of course, it’d be hard to make lots of donuts using this method. This is only ideal for those who wish to make a few at a time.
You’ll be mixing together ingredients in a mixing bowl to make standard chocolate-type donuts. A simple recipe includes ingredients such as two tablespoons of white sugar, one tablespoon of brown sugar, one large egg, one-fourth of a teaspoon of vanilla, one-fourth of a cup of all-purpose flour, one tablespoon of cocoa powder, and two tablespoons of melted salted butter.
This easy recipe will allow you to make two chocolate donuts in the microwave. You mix everything together and then microwave the mixture on high for sixty seconds.
If you want to get the donuts to have holes in the middle, you can use a glass shot glass. You just spray it with cooking spray and put it right in the middle of the bowl.
Pour half of the mixture into the bowl and then microwave it on high for sixty seconds. Repeat the process for the second donut.
You’ll likely want to make some type of glaze for the donuts, too. This can be easily accomplished using two teaspoons of cocoa powder, two drops of vanilla, two teaspoons of milk, two tablespoons of sugar, and one tablespoon of butter.
Apply the glaze when you’re ready. You’ll be able to eat your easy microwave donuts whenever you want to once they’re cool enough to safely consume.
Getting an Oven Would Probably Be Helpful
It’s true that getting an oven would probably be helpful if you want to make many donuts at once. It’d be much easier to make large baking sheets of them if you had a normal-sized oven to utilize.
If you have an issue with space in your kitchen that prevents you from buying an oven, you could always make them somewhere else. For instance, you could see if a family member or friend wanted to make some homemade donuts with you.
You’ve been presented with options for making donuts at home without an oven. These options just won’t be great for making dozens of them at a time.
Depending on what you want, it might be just fine to use an air fryer or a microwave, though. You’ll just have to make a choice depending on your situation.
Hopefully, you’ll feel better knowing that you can make donuts at home without an oven. It will involve making them in smaller batches, but you’ll still be able to get things done.
Microwave donuts can be very satisfying and fun to make. They aren’t quite the same as the donuts that you can buy at the bakery, but they’re still tasty treats.
Air fryer donuts will be much closer to the real deal. Most people don’t own huge air fryers, though, and this means that you might only be able to make four or so at a time.
If you don’t have enough room in your home for an oven, then probably don’t have enough room for a huge air fryer either. You should be able to find a spot for a modest air fryer, though.
It might be good to look into getting an oven at some point if you can, of course. Even so, just knowing that you can still make delicious donuts without one will be very nice.
If you wish to make different kinds of donuts, it’ll be worthwhile to search for different recipes. You can find various recipes that specifically call for you to use a microwave or an air fryer.
This will make it easier for you to get consistent results. Enjoy your donuts and be sure to share them with those you love.
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.