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Creating the Perfect Pon de Ring: A Guide to Crafting the Irresistible Japanese Donut


Pon de Ring, a delightful and unique Japanese donut, has been captivating taste buds around the globe. This mochi-like treat has a distinctive ring shape with eight connected balls, which not only makes it visually appealing but also fun to eat. Made with a combination of wheat and tapioca flour, the Pon de Ring boasts a chewy, mochi-like texture that sets it apart from traditional donuts. Follow our step-by-step guide to create your own scrumptious Pon de Rings at home!


For the Donut:

  • 1 1/4 cups (150g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (90g) tapioca flour (also known as tapioca starch)
  • 2 tsp (8g) baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1g) salt
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) whole milk
  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

For the Glaze:

  • 2 cups (240g) powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) whole milk
  • 1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract
  • Food coloring (optional)


  1. Prepare the Donut Dough: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate large bowl, combine the granulated sugar, eggs, milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract, mixing until smooth. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until a soft dough forms.
  2. Chill the Dough: Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until firm enough to handle.
  3. Shape the Pon de Rings: Once the dough is chilled, divide it into 16 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball, then flatten it slightly. Arrange eight balls in a ring shape on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, connecting them by pressing their edges together. Repeat with the remaining balls to form a second ring. Cover the rings with plastic wrap and let them rest for 15 minutes.
  4. Fry the Donuts: In a deep, heavy-bottomed pot or deep fryer, heat about 3 inches of vegetable oil to 350°F (180°C). Carefully lower one donut ring into the oil using a slotted spoon or spider strainer. Fry for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Remove the fried donut from the oil and let it drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with the second donut ring.
  5. Prepare the Glaze: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. If desired, divide the glaze into separate bowls and tint each with a few drops of food coloring.
  6. Glaze the Pon de Rings: Dip the top half of each cooled Pon de Ring into the glaze, allowing the excess to drip off. Place the glazed donuts on a wire rack set over a baking sheet to catch any drips. Allow the glaze to set for about 15 minutes before serving.


With this simple yet detailed guide, you can now create your own mouth-watering Pon de Ring donuts in the comfort of your home. Impress your friends and family with this delightful Japanese treat, perfect for breakfast, dessert, or a midday snack. The chew

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y, mochi-like texture and sweet glaze are sure to win over everyone's hearts, making the Pon de Ring a new favorite in your culinary repertoire. Don't hesitate to experiment with different glaze flavors and colors, or even try adding your favorite toppings for a personalized touch. The possibilities are endless with this versatile Japanese donut!

Tips for Perfect Pon de Rings

  1. Consistent Dough: Ensuring your dough has the right consistency is crucial for achieving that perfect chewy texture. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more all-purpose flour; if it's too dry, add a small amount of milk.
  2. Proper Frying Temperature: Maintaining the oil temperature at 350°F (180°C) is essential for even cooking and preventing the donuts from becoming greasy. Use a deep-frying thermometer to monitor the temperature and adjust the heat as needed.
  3. Fry in Small Batches: To prevent overcrowding and ensure even frying, cook the donut rings one at a time. Overcrowding the pot can cause the oil temperature to drop, resulting in unevenly cooked and greasy donuts.
  4. Customize Your Glaze: Get creative with your glaze by using different flavors and colors. Try incorporating matcha powder, cocoa powder, or fruit purees for a unique twist. You can also add sprinkles, crushed nuts, or other toppings to the glaze while it's still wet to add texture and additional flavors.
  5. Storage and Reheating: Store any leftover Pon de Rings in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. To reheat, warm the donuts in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for 5-10 minutes, or until heated through.

By following these tips and our step-by-step guide, you'll master the art of making the perfect Pon de Ring donut in no time. Bring a taste of Japan to your kitchen with this delightful treat and enjoy the satisfaction of creating this irresistible, chewy, and uniquely shaped donut. Happy frying!

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