As a child, my husband loved going to his Aunt Kathy’s in hopes that she would be making his favorite old-fashioned potato donuts. These are light and flavorful. They are best served fresh and warm and enjoyed with a cup of hot coffee, tea, or cocoa. You can leave them plain, dust them with powdered sugar, white sugar and cinnamon, or drizzle them with a glaze.
Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Beat sugar and shortening together in a bowl using an electric mixer until creamy. Add milk, eggs, and vanilla extract; stir well. Stir in mashed potatoes. Add flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Stir using a sturdy spoon, as mixture will be thick. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour so that dough will be less sticky and easier to work with.
Lightly flour a countertop and place plastic wrap on top of dough; roll out to desired thickness. Cut into strips or use a donut cutter to make traditional round donuts.
Lower donuts carefully into the hot oil in batches. Fry until 1 side is golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn and continue frying until other side is golden, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining donuts.
Transfer donuts to a wire rack to cool.
Per Serving: 1060 calories; protein 3.8g; carbohydrates 31.9g; fat 103.6g; cholesterol 19.8mg; sodium 258mg.
The quality of the flour can make a real difference to your bread. Different brands do vary. Extra-strong or Canadian flours, which are bet higher in gluten, may give you a best rise than standard dough flours – especially if you’re make wholemeal bread , which doesn’t always getting bigger as well as white bread.
To make this in a breadmaker , add all the ingredients to your breadmaker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
A dough’s first rising can be done in the fridge overnight . This slows down the time it takes to rise to double its size, giving it a deeper flavour. It’s also a great timesaver , as you can start it yesterday , then finish it off the next day.