A Tasty Recipe for Orange Doughnuts

This recipe for orange doughnuts is one of those that are quite easy to make and thus suitable for all levels of experience. You'll just love the wonderful texture, aroma, and flavor of this delicious summer treat!
A Tasty Recipe for Orange Doughnuts

Last update: 17 August, 2021

These orange doughnuts are an adaptation of an Easter treat, but you can enjoy them at any time of the year. They’ll surely fly off the plate faster than you can say “doughnut!”

There are many versions around the world such as the French beignets, the Spanish dona, the Italian ciambelle, or the Dutch oliebollen. The one we’re featuring here today is one of the Mediterranean versions.

Orange doughnuts are a classic

This doughnut is a little different from the traditional recipe. It has a flour base, sugar, and eggs with the unmistakable citric touch of orange and is fried.

Keep in mind that this delicious sweet is high in calories and contains a hefty amount of sugar. So, don’t make them a part of your regular diet.

Indeed, homemade sweets have higher quality ingredients but you shouldn’t eat too many of them. In addition, you must particularly limit their intake if you’re following a weight loss diet or have cholesterol and triglycerides imbalance.

This recipe is great for special occasions so try it if you’re about to have guests over. Just follow the steps below and enjoy a rather tasty treat.


This recipe will yield doughnuts for approximately eight people. Just adjust it to suit your individual needs.

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 oranges
  • A pinch of salt
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 1/2 c. of sugar
  • 2 1/2 c. of flour
  • 1 pack of baker’s yeast
  • 1/2 c. of mild olive oil

You’ll need the following utensils to make these orange doughnuts: a bowl, stick blender, juicer, spoon or spatula, small frying pan, a tray, and blotting paper.

A bright orange.
Indeed, the fruit in these doughnuts makes them more nutritious than other treats. However, you should limit their intake due to their high content of sugar and calories.

Step by step instructions

  1. To begin, add the sugar and eggs to a large bowl and mix them. Then add the juice of the two oranges, the zest, the olive oil, and the pinch of salt. Beat it again to a homogeneous dough.
  2. Next, add the yeast and half of the flour. Stir it with a spoon or spatula and add more flour, little by little, until it’s sort of difficult to mix it with the spoon. It must be homogeneous and quite dense.
  3. At this point, flour a work surface and place the dough on it. Then add the rest of the flour and work the dough with your hands — it’s much easier. Grease your hands with a little oil as it’ll be sticky; the final result should be smooth and softish.
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Now it’s time to shape it. Take enough dough to make a ball of about 2 inches and press the index finger and thumb in the center to make the classic doughnut hole. Then stretch and enlarge it carefully to obtain a ring of dough. Do the same with the rest of the dough.
  6. Now, place a frying pan on the fire with enough olive oil to fry. Be careful not to let it smoke and start cooking the doughnuts in batches of 3 when it’s hot enough. Flip them so that they brown evenly.
  7. Finally, take them out when they’re golden brown, and place them on a tray covered with blotting paper. Let them rest for a few minutes and they’ll be ready to serve.

There are many types of orange doughnuts

This recipe is just the basic one so you can vary some of the ingredients. Especially those that pertain to the flavor, toppings, and even the cooking method.

As we mentioned above, the doughnuts are ready to eat and delicious as soon as they’re fried. As an additional touch, some people like to sprinkle them with sugar and/or some ground cinnamon. In addition, you can always glaze them.

Also, you may bake them to reduce the fat content. Just follow the same steps above but bake them for 13 to 15 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the doughnuts on a baking tray covered with wax paper or a special doughnut mold before baking them to better define the final shape.

Either way, they’ll be delicious as breakfast, dessert, or a snack between meals. They’ll be great with an iced tea, a homemade fruit soda, or a chocolate milkshake.

An assortment of doughnuts.
There are many varieties of doughnuts and you can change the flavors, cooking methods, and toppings.

Things to keep in mind for the best results

This recipe is quite easy, so follow it closely. In addition, there are some ways to keep yourself from spoiling the final result.

The most important part of the process is to be patient when mixing the ingredients. A smooth, well-blended dough is a key to this sweet treat, so make sure to knead it properly.

In addition, don’t let the shape overwhelm you. It shouldn’t be too complicated. Just make a strip with the same amount of dough and join the two ends t0 get the shape if you think making a hole is too hard.

The oil should be hot when you begin to fry, so you must maintain the temperature. This is because the doughnut won’t cook in the center if it’s too high and could also quickly burn.

Finally, don’t freeze the dough if you end up with any leftovers. It’ll be fine in a glass jar or a tin box for about two weeks. Store it in a cool, dry place, and enjoy!

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