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Plain Doughnuts

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Photo: Diana Rattray
Old-fashioned doughnut recipe with nutmeg and a little cinnamon. A recipe for delicious homemade doughnuts.
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  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk


Mix together the shortening, sugar, and egg yolks. Into another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. Stir into the first mixture alternately with 1 cup milk. Stir until dry ingredients are moistened, handling dough as little as possible. Roll dough to about 3/8-inch thickness on a floured cloth covered surface. Let rolled out dough stand for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat deep fat to 370°. Fat should be at least 1 1/2 inches deep. Fat is ready when a doughnut center browns in about 1 minute. Keep temperature as steady as possible. Cut doughnuts out with floured 2 1/2 or 3-inch doughnut cutter.

Fry doughnuts in the hot fat, turning carefully with a wooden spoon handle when the first crack appears. Continue cooking and turning until browned nicely. This will take about 1 1/2 minute total frying time. Drain doughnuts on brown paper or paper towels. Makes about 2 dozen doughnuts.

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 5 out of 5
VERY GOOD!!, Member patra24

I have been making alot of doughnuts,,and failing,,,,So the search was on,,came across this recipe,,and said here i go again,,got ingred..out,,my husband was like OH BOY!! by the time I was done it was 9pm,,made a choc glaze..the1/4 cup of warm milk,2tbl spoon of corn syrup,,2 tea vanilla,,4oz of bittersweet choc,,chopped,,and after all melted,,add 2 cups C.sugar..so as I was saying success,,phew!!My husband had 2,,and said they were awesome,,and believe,,u,,me,,he tells it like it is,,so I will save this recipe for sure..TY..

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