I started a tradition that wasn't really ment to be a tradition, but when you are mennonite and do something once that went over well and everyone liked it HAS to become tradition......."awe come on mom, we did it last year". So hence a new tradition has begun . Each child is allowed to invite their friends, cousins, second, third cousins,whom ever they wish. The first year that we did it my sister in-love and I didn't know how many the recipe would make so to be on the safe side the mennonite in us came out and quadrupled the recipe. After all we wanted to make sure there was plenty. CAUTION..........unless you want to feed the massess of 500 or more DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT quadruple the recipe. We made hundreds, fried for hours, we were covered in a thin layer of grease ourselves.......lol. We invited more families, then more families, then people from church, neighbours. They ALL got eaten. Doughnuts need to be eaten fresh. Set an afternoon to the side, set up a coleman stove out side so your house doesn't smell like a deep fryer, invite the people you love (remember you love them so don't make them more than once a year, for the sake of their health :-}), and just enjoy. I must say that fun was had by all. Oh by the way I only doubled the recipe this time, I am sure the teenagers ate a dozen each. The boys anyway. It made about 200.
Raised Doughnuts (orginally from the Mennonite Cookbook)
1-tbsp of quick rise yeast
1 cup water
2 cups scalded milk
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening ( I used oil)
About 6 cups flour.
Add dry yeast to 3 cups flour, salt and sugar. Scald milk, add 1 cup water, oil and beaten eggs. Mix in enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for about 5 minutes. Let rise approximately 1/2 hour. Roll into 1/4-1/2 in" thick. deep fry until golden brown. Carefull that the oil doesn't get to hot, usually cooking on medium heat to medium high is enough. Glaze while warm in following glaze.
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
Bring to boil, take off heat and add
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup icing sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
- Whisk in gredients together, keep on a low element.
- Dip the warm doughnuts into the glaze and place on parchment lined cookie sheets to dry.