Old-Fashioned Yeast-Raised Doughnuts

Total Time:
1 hr 31 min
45 min
1 min
45 min

3 dozen doughnuts

  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup scalded milk
  • 2/3 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
  • 2 packets active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 5 cups sifted flour (approximately)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon mace
  • Vegetable shortening or cooking oil, for deep fat frying
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Melt butter in milk and cool to lukewarm. Place water in a warm large mixing bowl, sprinkle in yeast, and stir until dissolved; add milk mixture and sugar. By hand, beat 2 1/2 cups flour in until smooth; mix in eggs, salt, and spices. Mix in remaining flour, adding a little extra, if needed, to form a soft but manageable dough. Knead lightly 1 minute on a floured pastry cloth; shape into a ball, place in a greased large bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down, roll 1/2-inch thick on pastry cloth, using a floured, stockinette-covered rolling pin. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter and place 1 1/2-inches apart on un-greased baking sheets. Reroll and cut scraps. Cover with cloth and let double in bulk.

Meanwhile, begin heating fat in a deep fat fryer. When doughnuts have risen and fat has reached 375 degrees F, ease 4 doughnuts into fat, 1 at a time. Fry about 2 minutes until golden brown all over, using tongs to turn. Drain on paper toweling.

Note: Never fry more than 4 doughnuts at a time and keep fat as near to 375 degrees F as possible; if too hot, doughnuts will brown before they cook inside.

While doughnuts are warm, roll in topping.

Jelly Doughnuts: Prepare as directed, but roll dough 1/4-inch thick instead of 1/2-inch. Cut in 2 1/2-inch rounds and put 1 teaspoonful tart jelly in the center of 1/2 the rounds. Top with remaining rounds, moisten touching edges slightly, and pinch to seal. Let rise, then fry as directed. Roll in confectioners' sugar while still warm.

Crullers: Prepare as directed, but instead of cutting into doughnuts, cut in strips 8-inches long and 1/2 to 3/4-inch wide; let rise, then twist strips several times and pinch ends. Fry at once and roll in topping while still warm.

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The mace and cardamom make for an odd-tasting donut, nothing like you'll find at your local donut shop. Unless you have exotic tastes, I would not recommend this recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were very easy to make and cooked quickly. My only reservation was too much coriander flavor. I had coriander pods, so I took out the seeds and freshly ground them. Maybe the ultra fresh spice was too strong compared to ground coriander. Next time, I'll reduce the coriander to 1/2 amount indicated and double the mace. Otherwise the donuts were very good...nice texture, very light and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My Friend made these and they turned out great! They tend to store better when you bake them though. This is a must try recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought making yeast doughnuts would be an all day project. I found it was very easy and with very little effort I had wonderful, fluffy doughnuts. I filled some with jelly and my family ate them in one day. item not reviewed by moderator and published