Recipe courtesy of Gourdough's Big. Fat. Donuts.

Funky Monkey

This is not a Gourdough's donut but a good substitute for home use.
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 24 hr 45 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Inactive: 24 hr
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 24 servings
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1 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast

1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F)

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

7 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup shortening

4 cups vegetable oil, for frying

1 banana

Butter, melted, for drizzling on bananas

Honey, for drizzling on bananas

Cinnamon, for sprinkling on bananas

Sugar, for sprinkling on bananas

Cream cheese icing, for spreading on donuts

Brown sugar


  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water in a large bowl. Whisk in the evaporated milk, sugar, salt and eggs. 
  2. Add 4 cups of the flour and beat with an electric mixer or in a stand mixer until smooth, and then add the shortening and beat until smooth. Add the remaining 3 cups flour and beat until smooth once again. Cover and refrigerate 24 hours. (If pressed for time, you can chill as little as 3 hours.) 
  3. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F. Preheat the grill to medium heat, 300 degrees F. 
  4. Roll the dough out 1/8-inch thick. Cut out donut shapes using the top of a drinking glass and cut out the holes using a butter knife. Fry the donuts, turning frequently, about 5 minutes, and then drain on paper towels. If the doughnuts do not pop up, the oil is not hot enough. 
  5. Slice the banana into 1/4-inch-thick pieces and place on the grill. Liberally pour an equal mixture of butter and honey on the banana pieces and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. As the bananas cook, the sugar will start to caramelize. Grill both sides until golden brown, but do not burn. 
  6. Fully coat the donuts with cream cheese icing, top with the hot caramelized banana pieces and sprinkle with several tablespoons of brown sugar.