Every once in a while (no more than once a year) I like to make up a batch of homemade donuts. There is nothing like homemade donuts hot and fresh from the fry oil. We only make them about once a year because we eat so many of them when we do. They are hard to put down! My sister-in-law gave me this recipe which includes the use of mashed potatoes, so the girls and I have nick-named them “spud-nuts”. This batch make a TON of donuts, so invite a few friends over and have a donut frying party!
4 yeast cakes or 3 TBS instant yeast
1 cup, luke warm water
1 cup sugar
1 cup luke warm milk
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup mashed potatoes (i used prepared instant potatoes)
1 tsp salt
6-10 cups flour
Oil for frying
various donut toppings: powdered sugar, chocolate frosting, vanilla frosting, sprinkles, glaze (1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 2-3 Tbl milk)
Combine the yeast, water, sugar, milk and butter in a bowl and set aside. When yeast has started to bubble, add potatoes, salt and flour. Add flour gradually until you get a nice, moist dough. (This is always the trickiest part in any bread dough. Don’t add too much flour or the dough is will be tough. Add just enough so that the dough will pull away from the sides of the mixer forming a ball, but it is still very
“stretchy” and moist) Let rise until doubled.(I always let my yeast dough rise in the oven. I will also put a bowl of hot water in to make it a warm, moist environment.) Roll out to 1/2″ thick and cut into donuts and donut holes.
Heat 2″ of oil to 325 degrees and fry donuts in small batches, until golden brown, turning once. Take out of oil and place on a plate covered with a paper towel. Use topping of your choice