Prep 20 mins
Cook 5 mins
Nothing beats a fresh doughnut! This thrifty recipe comes from the New England chapter of the United States Regional Cookbook, Culinary Arts Institute of Chicago, 1947. Chilling time not included in preparation time.
- 5 cups flour
- 7 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups mashed potatoes
- 3 eggs, well beaten
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1 cup milk
- oil, for frying
- Sift first three ingredients together.
- Beat potatoes, eggs, sugar, melted butter together; add nutmeg and milk and stir.
- Add sifted ingredients and stir until just blended; chill.
- Preheat the oil to 375F in a large saucepan or stockpot.
- Place about 1/3 of the dough at a time on a lightly floured board, sprinkle surface lightly with flour and roll to 3/8" thickness (the dough should be just stiff enough to handle; the softer the dough, the more tender the doughnut).
- Cut with a doughnut cutter dipped in flour.
- Fry until golden brown.
- Drain on paper towels for a few seconds; roll in granulated or confectioners' sugar, if desired.
These don't taste like the ones made with yeast, but they are good in their own right and quite a bit easier. The only problem I had with them is that they smelled strongly of baking powder, but they tasted fine. The dough was also sticky and I was worried about handling it too much, so I patted each doughnut out by hand.