My Favorite Breakfast Pastry

Rich and delectable old fashioned raised doughnuts served warm makes for a nourishing breakfast or quick snack

Raised doughnuts or yeast doughnuts are among my favorite breakfast pastries. In fact they are my favorite. If you grew up or lived in Liberia you definitely had these rich doughnuts made from scratch coming from grandma’s or mama’s kitchen.

Raised doughnuts are also very popular items on the menus of local Liberia restaurants or food kiosks.

The recipe below is my version of this popular breakfast pastry.

Prep time: 1 hour 45 minutes. Cook time: 30 minutes

Servings: about 26 doughnuts


4 cups all purpose flour

2 packet active dry yeast

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup cooking oil

2 cups warm milk 120 degrees F.

2 quarts cooking for frying (or more)

Granulated sugar for dusting


  1. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, yeast, salt and granulated sugar. 
  2. Add 1/2 cup oil to warm milk. Pour milk/oil combination to flour mixture. Beat with wooden or rubber spatula until soft dough forms, at least 3 minutes. Transfer dough into lightly oiled bowl, same size or larger than mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in warm, dry place until double in size
  3. Turn risen dough onto lightly floured board. Dust hands with flour and knead dough 4-5 times. Dust dough with a bit of flour to prevent from sticking to board.

For Twisted Doughnuts:

  1. Cut dough into desired amount of pieces (at least 36)
  2. Quickly roll each piece into a 6-7 inch string and twist. Place on lightly floured sheet or tray. 
  3. Lightly cover twisted pieces with plastic wrap and place in a warm dry place until nearly double in size.

For Round Doughnuts with Holes:

  1. Roll entire dough into 1/2-1 inch thick circle. 
  2. Cut out circles using  a 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter. Use a pastry hole cutter or empty bottle to cut a hole in middle of circle. Place each circle on lightly floured tray or sheet.
  3. Lightly cover round pieces with plastic wrap and place in warm dry place until nearly double in size.

Cooking and Serving Instructions:

  1. In a large deep skillet or fryer, heat cooking oil to at least 250 degrees F. Drop dough pieces into oil (do not crowd skillet). Turn when golden brown and allow to cook on other side until golden brown. 
  2. Remove doughnut from hot oil and place on paper towel lined tray.
  3. Dust with granulated sugar and serve. 
  4. Optional variation dusting – Cinnamon sugar

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