Old fashioned donuts have always been my favorite. They have that rich and crisp exterior with a sweet cakey center that I absolutely love. To “spice” them up a bit, I create these chai spiced old-fashioned donuts to add an extra kick of flavor to a classic treat.
What is an old fashioned donut?
Old fashioned donuts are a type of cake donut. While cake donuts have a consistent spongy texture, an old-fashioned donut has a soft center and a thick and slightly crunchy exterior.
It also takes less time to make an old fashioned donut because it relies on a chemical leavener, like baking powder, instead of yeast. No need to wait hours for your dough to rise or praying you didn’t kill the yeast in the process.
Above all, old fashioned donuts are typically made with sour cream. They can also be referred to as sour cream donuts. This gives them a super dense and moist texture as opposed to a light and fluffy yeast donut.
Spices needed for chai spice
Fun fact: Chai means tea so when you say “chai tea” you’re really saying “tea tea”. I am very guilty of saying that myself!
But due to its meaning, chai is typically made up of warm spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Fennel seeds and black pepper can also be used to give the chai more of a kick.
For this recipe, I kept it simple and used cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger.
How to fry donuts at home
This is something that both intimidated and frustrated me for the longest time. In my kitchen, I have an electric stove top which is basically the enemy of frying. It takes forever to reach the temperature you need but once it gets there, it jumps up 50 degrees higher than you need it to!
Luckily, my many trials of brunt and oily donuts can be your gain.
Fill a large and deep pot with about 3-4 inches of canola or vegetable oil. Make sure it’s deep enough so that the donuts can float.
Place a deep frying thermometer on the pot but don’t let it touch the very bottom as this will read much hotter than the actual oil.
Heat the oil on medium-high heat until it reaches 350F. Right when you hit that temperature, place in 2-3 donuts which will cause the temperature to drop a bit.
Don’t adjust the heat at this point! This is where I always cranked up the heat to make up for the dip in temperature which would cause my oil to get way too hot.
After frying for a minute or so on both sides, take the donuts out and wait for the temperature to reach 350F again and repeat.
It’s that easy! As long as you don’t adjust the temperature, you’ll have perfectly fried donuts every time.
2 ways to coat your old-fashioned donuts
I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do the classic glazed or the sugared donut…so I did both!
For the first option, I made a simple chai glaze (ooohh I almost typed chai tea!). It’s made with steeped chai and powdered sugar. It’s more common to use a glaze on old fashioned donuts because it settles into all of the cracks to give it that classic look.
The second option is a coating of sugar and a chai spice mix. Make sure to toss the donuts in the sugar while they’re still warm so that it sticks to the sides.
You could make a third option and drizzle the glaze over the sugar coated donuts. The ultimate chai spiced old fashioned donut!
Make sure to tag me @butternutbakery on Instagram if you make these chai spiced old fashioned donuts. I love seeing my recipes come to life in YOUR kitchen! To pin this recipe and save it for later, you can use the button on the recipe card, the buttons above or below this post, or on any of the photos above. Happy baking!Print