Toughness is caused by overbeating the batter. Solution: Put the flour in a separate bowl and put aside. In a different bowl mix everything but the flour.
When you have a nice wet mixture, SLOWLY, gently, pour it into the flour and then GENTLY BLEND it into the flour. DON'T BEAT IT. Use gentle motions to mix it all together.
Flour is usually sifted or comes pre-sifted in order to have extra air put into it to cause it to rise light and fluffy. If you add everything immediately to the flour, you will need to beat it pretty hard in order to incorporate those whole eggs, etc., into the flour. If you beat hard, you are eliminating any extra air in the flour and that's why the donuts become tough.
The best motion is less motion. :-)
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Toughness is caused by overbeating the batter. Solution: Put the flour in a separate bowl...