Fried Donut Recipe – Old-fashioned no yeast

  • Author: Heather Harris
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 24 donuts 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: fry
  • Cuisine: American


The best fried donut recipe, no yeast, old-fashioned from scratch homemade donuts made just like Ma Ingall’s!



  • 2 pounds lard, or other traditional fat of choice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Heat the fat in a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium low heat. You want the oil to reach 375 degrees F on a thermometer.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together sour cream, egg, salt, and baking soda.
  3. Add flour to the bowl and mix to combine. Knead for one minute to form a smooth dough.
  4. Roll dough on a floured surface to 1/4″ thick. Cut into 1/2″ wide strips.
  5. Twist each strip, then bring the ends together and form a circle. Pinch ends tight.
  6. Drop carefully into the hot fat and allow to brown and cook 2 minutes.
  7. Remove from oil, and lay on paper towel to drain. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately.


If the donuts take more than 3 minutes to brown, the fat is not hot enough. If they brown in less than 2 minutes, the fat is too hot.

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