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"grandmother's" Doughnuts Recipe

Grandmother's Doughnuts Recipe

History:
The origin of this traditional doughnut recipe can be traced back to our beloved grandmother. Over the years, this recipe has been passed down through generations, bringing joy to countless families. With its simple yet delightful flavors, these doughnuts hold a special place in our hearts and remind us of the love and warmth of our grandmothers.

Fun Facts:
- Doughnuts have been around since ancient times. The early recipes were more of a bread-like consistency and were usually deep-fried or baked.
- The first recorded mention of doughnuts in American literature was in Washington Irving's "History of New York" in 1809.
- National Doughnut Day is celebrated on the first Friday of June each year in the United States, started as a way to honor the Salvation Army volunteers who handed out doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.

Now, let's dive into the recipe for Grandmother's Doughnuts:

Ingredients:
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoonfuls butter
- 1/2 grated nutmeg
- Pinch of salt
- 2 eggs, beaten without separating yolks from whites
- 1 cup sweet milk
- 4 cups flour (or 1 quart)
- 2 generous teaspoonfuls of baking powder
- Extra flour for rolling and dusting
- 2/3 lard and 1/3 suet for deep frying
- Pulverized sugar for dusting

Instructions:

1. Cream together the sugar, butter, grated nutmeg, and salt in a mixing bowl until well combined.

2. Add the beaten eggs and sweet milk to the mixture. Mix thoroughly.

3. In a separate bowl, combine the unsifted flour and baking powder. Sift the mixture twice.

4. Gradually add the sifted flour and baking powder mixture to the batter, stirring continuously until the dough thickens.

5. Sprinkle extra flour onto a clean, flat surface or bake-board. Turn out half of the dough onto the floured surface.

6. Roll out the dough to a thickness of about half an inch. Use a round cutter with a hole in the center to cut out the doughnuts.

7. Heat the deep-frying fat by combining 2/3 lard and 1/3 suet in a frying pan. Heat the fat until it reaches the correct temperature for frying the doughnuts.

8. To test the oil temperature, drop a small piece of bread into the fat. It should brown while you count to 60.

9. Carefully drop the doughnuts into the hot fat, ensuring they are completely submerged. Fry them until they turn a rich brown color.

10. Once the doughnuts are cooked, remove them from the hot fat using a slotted spoon or tongs. Let them drain on coarse, brown paper to remove excess oil.

11. Allow the doughnuts to cool completely, then dust them with pulverized sugar for added sweetness.

12. Store the doughnuts in a covered stone jar to keep them fresh and maintain their delightful texture.

Note: It is important to have the dough at a consistency that is soft enough to handle but not too sticky. Adjust the flour quantity as needed while preparing the dough.

These classic Grandmother's Doughnuts are best enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee or tea, creating a comforting treat perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a delightful snack any time of the day.

Similar Recipe Dishes:
- If you enjoy making doughnuts, you might also love trying out other delightful variations such as glazed doughnuts, jelly-filled doughnuts, and old-fashioned cake doughnuts.
- Beignets, a French-style doughnut, are another delicious treat worth exploring. They are often dusted with powdered sugar and pair well with a café au lait.
- Churros, a popular Spanish dessert, are long, crispy doughnuts traditionally served with a rich chocolate dipping sauce.
- Zeppoles, an Italian pastry, are deep-fried dough balls served with powdered sugar or filled with sweet fillings like cannoli cream or Nutella.

So, get your apron on, gather your ingredients, and let the spirit of your grandmother guide you in creating these delightful doughnuts. Enjoy the process and savor the delicious taste of this treasured family recipe!

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