Thursday, May 31, 2012

Freezing Donuts

Ok, so my kids enjoy donuts and so does my husband for that matter. Heck, I think everyone likes donuts now and then. The thing is they are like $6.99 a dozen (or more) and I have to drive 25 minutes one way to get them. I can't do that on a regular basis, but I can make them at home for a fraction of the cost and have them whenever I want.

Donuts take time to make and if you're going to heat up a big pot of hot oil you might as well get as much use out of it as you can. Make up a double, or triple, recipe and have delicious donuts anytime you want. How can you do that? I freeze them. Yup, I freeze them. And you know what? They turn out almost as good as fresh when they are defrosted. It's an easy quick fix and it makes everyone's tummy happy.

Would you like to freeze donuts too? I can help you with that.

Make your donuts from whatever recipe you like. I use several different donut recipes, depending on what kind of donut we want. I think raised donuts, Apple Fritters and cake donuts all freeze and defrost well.

After your donuts are cooked, glazed (I've never frozen any variety besides plain glazed, so I'm not sure how chocolate or maple would do. I suspect that they would be fine though. Someone will have to try it and let me know :)) and completely cooled, wrap each one in plastic wrap. Put the plastic wrapped donuts onto a large cookie sheet and freeze! By freezing them solid before putting them into bags you"ll keep them from getting squished and help them keep their shape. After they are all frozen, pop them into a freezer bag and put them into the chill chest. If you are really worried about them getting stale or off tasting, you could double up on the freezer bags, but I've never had any last long enough in the freezer to worry about.

To defrost, take them out the night before and pop them into the counter, or microwave for a few seconds or pop into a toaster oven for a minute or so on bake. It all just depends on if you want it hot or if you want it room temperature.

So there you have it. Make up a big batch of donuts (at least a double batch) and freeze those babies for later. Your family will thank you!


Gina said...

I just found your blog. I love this idea! I LOVE homemade donuts, but you're right. They are time consuming and I usually have lots leftover! I will try your recipe and try freezing them. Because, I LOVE ME SOME DONUTS!

Your blog is great!

Gina said...

Do you have your raised donut recipe posted?

Charley Cooke said...

I'm so glad you are enjoying your time on the blog! I have 2 different raised donut recipes posted right now:


To make plain raised donuts, I use the recipe from the apple fritters, leaving out the chopped apples. Mix, let is raise, punch down and roll out. Cut your donuts and then let them raise again for about 30 minutes before frying. Hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

Can you freeze Crème Filled Donuts?

Charley Cooke said...

You can! Just defrost in the fridge :)