These donuts are a family tradition, and I have been doing this recipe for many years with my children and now their children. Coat the donuts in powder sugar, cinnamon and sugar or icing glaze. Chocolate is also a good coating.
- 4 - 5 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of yeast (2 packettes)
- 1 cup warm milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons butter or shortening
- 2 eggs at room temperature, beaten
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Heat milk with butter and allow butter to melt. Milk should be 110 degrees F or a temperature comparable to handwashing temperature.
- In large mixing bowl, combine milk mixture, yeast, beaten egg, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly with mixer.
- Add salt and sugar, mix well.
- Begin adding flour 1 cup at a time until it is mixed before adding next addition.
- Once the dough is soft, smooth and elastic, you wont need anymore flour. Continue adding flour until it reaches this stage. You may not use all of 5 cups of flour.
- Place dough into greased bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hour in a warm place.
- Once dough has doubled in size, punch down and roll into half inch thick disk.
- Using a biscuit cutter, cut circles.
- From those circles, cut the center circle out with a small circle cutter the size of a soda pop top or quarter size.
- Allow all of the cutouts to rise 20 minutes.
- Place a few cut outs in hot oil to fry (deepfryer works best)
- The oil should be set at a temperature of 325 degrees F.
- Turn donuts over in the grease once the bottom side is golden brown and continue cooking until puffed up and evenly browned on both sides.
- Drain on paper towels.
- While still warm, roll them in any sugars you choose or cool completely if filling and frosting them.
Do not cut holes if you intend on filling donuts with jelly or puddings. Leave them round from the biscuit cutter. Use piping bag to fill the centers by inserting the tip into the side, and squeezing out enough jelly to gently swell the donut.
I filled some of my donuts with starwberry preserves and topped with peanutbutter icing!
You may even braid them, knot them or put them in any shapes you choose. The point is to have some good old fashioned family fun!!!