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Moroccan Donuts on a plate

Sfenj (Moroccan Donuts)

This recipe for sfenj Moroccan donuts features light, airy, and spongy dough deep-fried to perfection and sprinkled with sugar. Perfect with a cup of coffee!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Moroccan
Keyword donut recipe, moroccan donuts
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 20 donuts
Calories 96kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin



  • Stir the yeast and sugar into the water and let the mixture sit for a few minutes until all the yeast is dissolved.
  • Combine the salt with 1 cup of flour in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add in the yeast and water mixture. Mix the liquid into the flour until it turns into a thin batter. Cover with a cloth and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  • Using an electric stand mixer, gradually stir in the remaining flour until you get a soft dough. Knead the dough until smooth and elastic.
  • Cover the dough with a towel again and let it sit for an hour, or until it doubles in size.
  • Place the dough on a floured surface and stretch it into a long log. Divide the log into 20 even pieces.
  • With your finger, punch out a hole in the middle of one of the dough pieces. Repeat until all the dough pieces have a hole in the center.
  • Heat the oil until it begins sizzling over medium-low heat. Drop the donuts in one-by-one into the oil, cooking until golden on each side.
  • Lift the donuts out with a skewer and place them on a paper towel lined plate. Toss the donuts in sugar when they are still warm.
    Moroccan Donuts fried and tossed in sugar on a plate


Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg