Old Fashion Yeast Raised Doughnuts

Old Fashion Yeast Raised Doughnuts


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Stored airtight, these doughnuts keep fairly well. They're best, of course eaten straight from the deep fryer.

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Necedah, WI

Time needed

30+ min preparation + 2 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

36 Doughnuts


  • 1/4 C. Butter
  • 2/3 C. Scalded milk
  • 2/3 C. Warm water (105 – 115 F)
  • 2 pkg. Active dry yeast
  • 3/4 C. Sugar
  • 5 C. Sifted flour (about)
  • 2 Eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Mace
  • Shortening (or cooking oil) for deep fat frying
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 C. Superfine sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

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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 of 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 place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down, roll 1/2” thick on pastry cloth, using a floured stockinette covered rolling pin. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter and place 1 1/2” apart on an ungreased baking sheets. Re roll and cut scraps.
Cover with cloth and let rise in a warm spot about 25 minutes until doubled in bulk. Meanwhile, begin heating fat in deep fat fryer.
When doughnuts have risen and fat reaches 375 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 375 F as possible, if too hot, doughnuts will brown before they cook inside.)
While doughnuts are hot, roll in topping.

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