When I was a kid, my mom would make homemade doughnuts for the first snowfall. They were delicious! Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside with just a hint of a taste that has only come close in a Cider Doughnut.
They are easy to make but they do take some time since you are cooking them a few at a time.
It’s not snowing today but watching my kids make Play-Doh doughnuts gave me the urge to make real homemade ones.
Homemade Old-Time Doughnuts
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
5 Tblsp melted butter or shortening
4 cups flour
4 tsp double-acting baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
In a large bowl, blend the dry ingredients and set aside.
In medium bowl whisk eggs, then slowly add sugar while stirring constantly.
Stir in milk and butter/shortening.
Add dry ingredients a little at a time and blend, being careful not to overwork the dough. If dough is too sticky to handle, chill for 30 minutes.
Heat 2 inches of canola oil to 375 degrees.
Turn dough onto a floured work surface and roll out or pat to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a doughnut cutter or make one with two different round-sized cutters.
Slide the doughnuts into the oil one at a time and cook only a few at a time so they are not overcrowded. Cook 1-2 minutes each side, just to golden brown. Take out and place on paper towels or tea towel to drain.
Monitor the temperature of the oil.
Dust with cinnamon and sugar mixture or powdered sugar in a bowl or paper bag. They are also super delicious just plain!