Old-Fashioned Homemade Doughnuts

Here’s another great old recipe I found. This one is from 1921 and is for cake type doughnuts. These are a little heavier than your typical cake doughnut, but they have a delicious flavor, are great for dunking in your favorite cup of joe, and are so easy to make.

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  • 3 tbsp shortening
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder

In a medium mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar together.

Beat egg with a fork and add.

Add milk and whisk until lumps are gone.

Add nutmeg, salt and baking powder, and stir well.

Add flour and stir well.

You may have to knead it a little to get all the ingredients well combined. Then turn dough out on floured surface, form into a ball and flatten with your hands.

Using a rolling pin, roll out to about 1/2 inch thick.

Cut doughnuts out using a cutter.

After cutting, take dough remnants and form into a ball, then roll out and cut remaining doughnuts.

Heat oil in dutch oven to 375 degrees on a candy thermometer. Fry doughnuts until light brown on undersides. Turn carefully, and continue frying until other side is light brown. Adjust burner setting accordingly to maintain a 375 F temperature while frying.

Remove carefully from oil with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels.  Then roll in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon( no exact measurements -just whatever you like).

These are good with hot tea or coffee.

And because this is not a lightweight fluffy doughnut, but a robust old-fashioned-go-toss-a-bale-of-hay and plow-the-north-40-before-noon doughnut, go ahead and dunk ’em. They can take it.


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10 Responses

  1. Stephanie says:

    Those tiny round doughnuts look so cute 😉 This recipe is simple and good. Will try one day. Thanks for sharing Suzanne! Love your photos.

  2. Oh, my. Those look just like the ones Mama and I used to make, except hers were made with buttermilk. I’ve got her recipe here somewhere. It was my job to shake the fried donuts in a bag with the cinnamon and sugar!!!

  3. Julie says:

    Oh, thank you and YUM! We had a farm stand in my hometown that made these kind of donuts. They had plain, sugar-coated, and cinnamon-sugar-coated (my favorite!). Definitely be making some of these!

  4. Sally Bishop says:

    My dad and I went on a donut making quest. We made several different recipes and ate donuts till we were sick but had a great time together.

  5. AnnaKate says:

    My goodness those look tasty! I love your description of the doughnuts’ personality.

  6. Darlene says:

    You have some wonderful recipes thanks for sharing. I will be back to read a lot more of your blog

  7. Frosty says:

    oh these look so yummy.. I do believe i need to try your recipe..

  8. sara cochran says:

    OMG I made these for my husband tonight, they are out of this world. Quit talking about making them and get in the kitchen ladies!!!! You family will thank you later!

  9. Teresa Throop says:

    Hi there! I was hoping you would tell me what type of oil you use to fry the doughnuts? I’ve been keeping an eye out for a long time for an old fashioned recipe just like this! I came across your site while looking at flaky biscuits recipes. Your recipes and photo presentations are really delightful and first rate. Thank you for them! P.S. the biscuits were delicious! And the peanut butter and chocolate pudding cake is so much fun and so tasty! Again..THANK YOU Teresa Throop

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