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Simple Homemade Donuts (Fried)

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Simple Homemade Donuts (Fried)

These old-fashioned, no-rise, deep-fried rings of rich, buttermilk-like bread are a simple, but special treat. Get creative with icing and other add-ons. Or just go crazy and make them chocolate! 8 - 10 donuts and 9 - 13 donut "holes"

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 0


tbsp white vinegar
cup milk (3 oz.)
tbsp shortening
cup sugar (and extra for putting on donuts)
tsp vanilla
cups flour, sifted (extra may be needed)
tsp baking soda
tsp salt
oil for deep-frying (or use canola oil, which is healthier)
Chocolate version:
sugar to 3/4 cup
Add 1/2
cup cocoa powder to dry ingredients
add 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted, to butter/sugar


  • 1 Stir vinegar into milk and let stand for a few minutes until thick.
  • 2 Cream together sugar and shortening (and add melted chocolate if using that).
  • 3 Add eggs and vanilla and stir until blended.
  • 4 Sift together flour, salt, and soda (and cocoa if using that). Stir into sugar mixture, alternating with milk mixture to incorporate both thoroughly. ( I had to add about 1 1/2 cups extra flour to get a dough consistency myself.)
  • 5 Roll dough out thick, about 1/3 inch and cut into doughnut shapes with a doughnut cutter. I used a large cup for the donuts and a narrow shot-glass for the holes. Roll excess dough into small balls and flatten to make more donut
  • 6 Heat oil until it makes noise (about 375°) and fry doughnuts and
  • 7 Serving suggestions: while warm, dust powdered sugar over doughnuts, roll in sugar or a mix of cinnamon and sugar, or cinnamon and powdered sugar, or coat with a simple glaze of confectioner's sugar mixed with a tiny bit of water. Add some strawberry or cherry syrup to your simple glaze, a bit of cocoa, maple syrup, food coloring, or flavoring.

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