By Kevin Williams
Homemade doughnuts are common in Amish kitchens, an easy,sweet staple to start the day or to celebrate an occasion. I remember once visiting an Amish home in rural Michigan (It was Valentine's Day) and the Amish woman had made heart-shaped glazed-doughnuts which were on a wooden rack (much like the photo pictured here) dripping hot glaze. She offered me one and wow, oh wow, they were amazing. I wish I had had my camera with me at the time,because the heart-shaped treats would have made a great photo.
These are some doughnuts I sampled at an Amish benefit. They are a fluffy glazed doughnut with bulk added to them by incorporating mashed potatoes into the ingredients. As you can image, I sampled plenty of these puppies also. Yum!
Today - June 5 - is National Doughnut Day. Unlike many food "holidays", this day is actually deeply steeped in tradition. Read more about Doughnut Day here.
- ½ c. shortening
- ½ c. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 6½ c. flour
- 3 egg yolks
- ½ c. mashed potatoes
- 2 c. scalded milk
- 2 cakes yeast
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Blend shortening into sifted dry ingredients
- Combine egg yolks with potatoes.
- Add to dry ingredients.
- Add yeast to cooled milk.
- Gradually blend into other mixture.
- Let rise for 40 minutes.
- Cut and let rise again.
- Roll dough ⅜-inch thick.
- Fry in hot fat until each side is golden, about 1 minute on each side.
- Mix glaze ingredients in a bowl and then dip hot doughnuts into the glaze and cool.
This brings back memories, my mom used to make us mashed potato doughnuts, mmmmmm
I have never tried to make donuts but I have an Aunt that will be 99 in December and we used to have a lady that made then and they were wonderful and this sounds pretty easy although I have been cooking it seems like forever I just tried my first strawberry pie and it looks like a disaster but I am going to serve it anyhow. So now I am going to try donts.
Good luck with them, Janet. Thanks for stopping by!