Total Time
40mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is the recipe my MIL made when I was a child. My SIL, who was a friend from my childhood as well, used to bring these to school for her birthday treats. Our classes always looked forward to 'her' birthday each year! One year I had the privlege of being asked to walk home with her during lunch to help carry them back for the afternoon milk break and birthday treats. Her mom, my future MIL, threw in an extra and said it was for me as a reward for coming with Trudy to help carry them back. After we returned to school, Trudy 'found' someone else she decided she wanted to be her new 'best friend' and decided that she was going to give 'my donut' to 'that' friend instead of me...needless to say, there was no way I was going to let her get away with 'that'! I am sharing this recipe as a result of a request on the boards. This is still the best homemade doughnut recipe that I've come across and I've tried quite a few of them, but always return to this one! Hope you enjoy it as much as my family does... :-)) I've never timed any of the process of making these, so I really don't have a clue. My family also likes to have me cook the center cut-outs as little doughnut balls too. The amount you will get from this recipe will depend on the size of the doughnut cutter(s) you use (I have several sizes). I've never counted; my family begins digging in as soon as they start coming out of the hot grease. I do know that this recipe makes a lot of doughnuts! My MIL has made them for years for the annual family reunion potluck.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Scald milk; cool to lukewarm.
  2. Soften yeast in warm water (and proof by allowing to set for 10 minutes, watching for bubbling to begin to occur); add to milk.
  3. Cream the shortening and sugar together.
  4. Add eggs and beat.
  5. Add salt to milk and yeast mixture.
  6. Alternately add flour and creamed shortening, sugar and eggs mixture.
  7. Stir until smooth.
  8. Cover and let stand until double in bulk.
  9. Roll 1/2 inch thick on lightly floured surface.
  10. Cut and let rise until double in bulk, again.
  11. Fry in deep fat fryer until light brown on each side.
  12. Remove and place on paper towels to absorb excess oil (into the paper towels, rather than the doughnuts).
  13. Change paper towels frequently.
  14. While still warm: Glaze with powdered sugar glaze.
  15. If you prefer, they can be put into a sack with dry powdered sugar, crystal sugar or brown sugar and shaken gently to coat, or frosted with one of your favorite icings and sprinkles or nuts.
  16. When completely cool and glaze or frosting has set, store in an airtight container.
  17. They can also be frozen for later use (eliminate as much air as possible).
  18. If frozen, when ready to serve, remove from freezer, place on microwave-safe dish, cover with wax paper and run on defrost cycle until warmed through.
  19. They will be almost as fresh as when you first made them!
Most Helpful

Cindy, you are a genious! I've just finished these and they are perfection! They sure do make A LOT of donuts. It took about 5 hours including waiting for the dough to rise 2 times. I refreshed the oil about every 10 donuts and I fried 3 at a time. I don't have a deep fryer so I just used a lot of oil in my deep frying pan. I made plain glaze, chocolate glaze and a cinnamon sugar coating. I hated trying to take the munchkins out of the oil. I should have used a big slotted spoon. This was a lot of fun to make on a Sunday. I'm amazed I actually did this. Thank you so much! I've been talking about this all day on the message boards. One thing, you should specify putting the yeast into the water. I just assumed that's what you do with it.

Kiss*My*Tiara November 10, 2002

These were great! made them for breakfast and they were so yummy and just sweet enough. We just dipped ours in a sugar/cinnamon mixture. I froze some and have been having them at work and they thaw nicely. Thanks for another keeper recipe.

Tara April 23, 2003

Just wanted to update my previous review " These were the best doughnuts I have ever made - I have tried a lot of recipes and will be keeping this one. I made them with the exact ingredients but altered the mixing method a little. I creamed the shortening and sugar in my KitchenAid with the wire whisk, then added eggs and mixed well. Then added warm milk, salt and 2 c. flour, mixed till well blended. Then dumped in remaining flour and the yeast/water mix. Put on dough hook and kneaded. For a glaze I melted 1/2 cup butter, mixed in 3 cups icing sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, and enough hot water to make a runny but not watery glaze. Probably about 1/2 cup water but I didn't really measure." I've since made these several times and they are excellent!! Thanks so much for a great keeper.

Toadflax August 11, 2005