One of the things I missed most about Maryland was the FOOD!  I had some fierce super chewy donut cravings.  Don’t get me wrong – Texas definitely delivered when it came to good food as well.  It’s just a different kind of food I missed.  Above all, the crabs!  Second to that is the delicious Italian food found all over Baltimore.  My in-laws were amazing enough to overnight Maryland crabcakes to us in a FedEx ice-packed cooler.  As far as Italian donuts?  I made my own – and they’re JUST as good as I remember in Maryland.

super chewy donut on a yellow saucer plate and purple flower background

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Recreating Super Chewy Donuts at Home

 It’s a very simple recipe.  I found a basic pizza dough recipe and instead of covering it with sauce and cheese, I deep fry hunks of the dough and roll it in sugar.  Oh sweet heavens!  These are the chewiest, most delicious donut!

Special Supplies Needed:

 Pizza Dough (for Super Chewy Donuts):

(from Fleishman’s Best-Ever Breads Cookbook)
3-3.5 C Flour
1 Pkg Active Dry Yeast
3/4 tsp Salt
1 C warm water
2 T Olive Oil
Place 1/4 cup of the warm water in a large warm bowl.  Sprinkle in the yeast; stir until dissolved.
flour in a glass bowl
Add remaining water, salt, oil, and 2 cups of flour; stir well.  Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough.
Knead on a lightly floured surface (or in a mixer with the dough attachment) until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 min.  Cover; let rest on floured surface 10 min.
raw prepared dough
chewy donuts
To make donuts:
Measure about 1/2 cup of sugar into a shallow bowl.  Line a large plate with several paper towels.
Fill a saucepan with 3-4″ of oil.  Using a frying/candy thermometer, heat the oil to 370 degrees.

While the oil is heating, cut and roll the dough into small balls, about the size of a large gumball.  When the oil is ready, use a strainer ladle (or in my case, metal tongs) to place the dough into the oil.


Once the dough is deep golden brown, remove it from the oil and place it on a paper towel.  Quickly toss the dough in the bowl of sugar and enjoy your super chewy donuts!

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23 Responses

  1. I think I'm in heaven!!!!!!!! My baby wants nothing but donuts and considering she just got her tonsils out she can't swallow much but we can certainly drool over these…..mouth watering~

  2. I could be in soooo much trouble. My son and I used to go watch Krispy Kreme's being made after I picked him up from the baby sitter. I love donuts. This would be really fun to do with the kiddos…I grew up on donuts (sad, but true). I am making I'm Tickled Pink a linky this friday…you should link this up…everyone would eat it up!

  3. Who knew it was so easy?! Maybe I'll buy a candy thermometer (I've really been meaning to) and give them a try soon.

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  4. Mornin' Sarah…

    Mmmm…your super Chewy Donuts look and sound fabulous, my friend! In fact, it's nearly 8am and they would be perfect for breakfast! hehe! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us for Sunday Favorites this week…what a treat!!!

    I am now living in Colorado (for the last 10 yrs.)…moving here from South Texas! I know a little about the great Texas food and miss it sorely! I especially miss the great barbeque and great Mexican food!

    Have a fabulous week and thank you again for joining in with the fun of Sunday Favorites! Hope that you'll join us again!

    Chari @Happy To Design

  5. Darn! My first comment didn't go through! Bummer!

    You're zeppoles looj good! I grew up eating them in NYC but have never made them at home. I will now….thanks for sharing.

    Btw, that's very cool that your in laws send you crabcakes!

  6. YOu are gonna laugh at me but I have been craving doughnuts and told Cody I wanted to make some. Then I discovered I had no powdered sugar and the market here was out of it! Seriously?! How could they be OUT? So I had already made the dough and I used the white wheat flour just to see how it came out. We ended up ACTUALLY making pizza and it was really good. haha Today I FINALLY found powdered sugar so I'll have to make another batch of dough. 🙂 hee hee

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