I used to make these with Mom as a little girl. She would make dozens a week and give to neighborhood kids. I would coat them with that ooey good frosting. I recently won a blue ribbon with this recipe. It was also featured and put in newspapers all over the U.S. Then it was voted as 1 of 100 top recipes to be put in the 2011 Members Choice cookbook. They are like eating a flavored cloud. So light and fluffy. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
- ½ cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees F/40 to 45 degrees C)
- 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- ¾ cup milk, lukewarm
- ⅓ cup vegetable shortening
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 2 quarts vegetable oil for frying
- 1 tablespoon warm water
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Pour 1/2 cup of warm water into a small bowl, and stir in the yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Allow the yeast mixture to stand until it forms a creamy foam layer on top, 5 to 10 minutes.
Place milk and vegetable shortening into a small saucepan over medium-low heat and cook until the shortening has melted and the milk has tiny bubbles around the edge. Remove from heat.
Place 1/4 cup of sugar and the salt into the work bowl of a large stand mixer and pour the milk and shortening into the bowl. Mix on low speed just to dissolve sugar; and allow mixture to stand until warm.
Beat in the yeast mixture, eggs, and 1 cup of flour on low speed until smooth. Gradually beat in remaining flour to make a soft dough.
Continue beating the dough on low speed until dough leaves the sides of the bowl, 2 to 3 minutes.
Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface and knead until smooth and elastic, 2 or 3 more minutes.
Form the dough into a ball and place into a large greased bowl. Grease the top of the dough, and cover the bowl with waxed paper. Set the bowl into a warm place; let the dough rise until doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Punch down the dough and roll out on a floured work surface to 1/2 inch thick. Cut doughnuts out of the dough with a 3 1/2-inch round doughnut cutter with a 1-inch smaller cutter in the center. Let the doughnuts rise on the work surface until very light and fluffy, 40 minutes to 1 hour.
Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Gently pick up and drop the doughnuts into the hot oil, working in small batches of 2 or 3 at a time, and cook until the doughnuts are light golden brown, turning once, about 2 minutes.
Drain the doughnuts on paper towels to absorb oil.
In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of warm water and vanilla extract, and stir in the confectioners’ sugar to make a glaze. Spread a thin layer of glaze over the warm doughnuts.
Prep time: 1 hr / Cooking time: 15 mins / Total time: 3 hrs
Serving: 24 / Yield: 2 dozen doughnuts