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berliner donut bitten in half and on top of other donuts

Berliner Donuts

These Berliner donuts are a German version of a sweet yeasted dough with no central hole fried in oil and filled with your favorite jelly.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine German
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12 donuts
Calories 308kcal
Author Ryan Beck


  • 1 cup whole milk, warmed (about 105-110°F)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry active yeast
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (500 grams)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • canola oil for frying
  • 10 oz jam
  • ½ cup powdered sugar


  • Pour the warmed milk in the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the dough hook attachment. Add the sugar and yeast and stir to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add the egg, melted butter and vanilla extract and beat to combine. With the mixer running slowly, add the flour and salt and mix for 5 minutes to work the dough. Turn off the mixer and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator overnight or for 8 hours.
  • Remove dough from the bowl and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough out until it is only ½ inch thick. Cut with a 3 inch circular cutter.
  • Place the donuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with kitchen towels and allow to rest for 20-25 minutes as you prepare the oil.
  • Heat oil to 340°F. Add 2-3 donuts at a time and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side. Use a slotted spoon to remove the donuts and place on a wired cooling rack. Repeat with the remaining donuts.
  • Fit a pastry bag with a medium tip and fill with jam. Use a toothpick or knife to poke a hole in the side of each donut. Pipe with jam and top with powdered sugar.


  • The milk needs to be warm but not scolding to help activate the yeast. It should be around 105-110°F.
  • If you don't want the dough to rise overnight, you can use instant yeast and cover the dough, letting it sit at room temperature for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
  • Use a candy thermometer to get the temperature of the oil to 340°F, which is best for frying. Speaking of frying, do not overcrowd the pot or the temperature will drop. The amount of oil really depends on how wide or tall your pot is. You want it to be about 2 inches deep.
  • Don't pour out the used oil in the sink. Let it cool and the pour into an empty container or save and reuse it.


Serving: 1donut | Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g