Adapted from The Spruce Eats
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup water (110º f)
2 cups all-purpose flour (plus 2 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon salt
Vegetable oil (for frying)
Topping Ingredient, honey, warmed if desired
Instructions for the dough:
In a measuring cup add yeast and sugar to warm water. Stir until dissolved. Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt.
Add yeast water to water and stir with an oiled wooden spoon until a dough like consistency forms. Cover and place in a warm area and allow to rise for 1½ hours or until doubled.
Preheat vegetable oil to 375º F.
Spoon a tablespoon amount of dough into the hot oil and allow to cook for about 2 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Repeat. Drain on paper towels.
Drizzle honey over the doughnuts and serve immediately.