May 21, 2012

Potato Doughnuts

Okay, these really are scary!
Clog your arteries time.  But, oh are they Good! :)
Make them at your own peril.
I will not be held responsible.  *Wink*

Want the recipe?
For the once-every-ten-year doughnut feast??
You know you do!

My growing up years are speckled
with memories of fabulous food.
My Mom is a fabulous cook.

And so it went.

Potato doughnuts were a treat.
We didn't have them often.
But, when we did.  We did.

I remember the kitchen being taken over by
doughnuts hot from the cooker.

Oh. Dear. Me.
I cut the recipe in half and there were still about 4
dozen doughnuts to contend with!  And again...

Oh. Dear. Me!!

Don't worry. We shared.  I froze some ~
Although, they really are best hot off the press...think ~ Krispy Kreme. :)

~ The Ingredients ~

2 Tbsp (or packages) Yeast
1 cup warm Water
2 tsp Sugar
4 Eggs
3 cups Milk ~ scalded
1 cup Butter ~ softened
1 cup Sugar
1 Tbsp Sea Salt
1 tsp ground Nutmeg
1 cup well mashed Potatoes
(previously cooked and cooled)
8 cups Flour
Oil for deep frying (I used Canola)

~ The Method ~

Proof your yeast in the warm water with the 2 tsp sugar
dissolved in it for about 10 minutes.
It should foam up. That's how you know it will
do the job in the dough.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, pour the scalded milk
with the softened butter and mix until melted.
Stir in the 1 cup of sugar until dissolved.
Using a whisk, mix in the eggs, sea salt, nutmeg,
mashed potatoes, and the foamy yeast mixture.

Add in 4 cups of the flour and stir in the remaining 4 cups
a cup at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Knead in enough flour to make a soft dough.

Set in a warm place and cover with a clean cloth.
Let the dough rise double.  It may take an hour or so.

Once doubled in size, punch the dough down.

It will be very soft and slightly sticky.
Lightly flour your counter and roll out to about
half the desired thickness you want your cooked doughnuts to be.
Cut into doughnuts and let sit on the counter
until risen to nearly double in size.

This will likely take another hour.

In a wide heavy bottomed pot, heat about four inches of oil to 375 degrees F.
Use a candy thermometer for an accurate reading.
Or, use your deep fryer if you have one! :)

Carefully slide a few doughnuts into the oil and flip over with tongs when golden brown.
They don't take long ~ 10-15 seconds per side.
Careful you don't burn them or yourself!  Hot oil is HOT!

Set out cooling racks with paper towels spread on them
for the doughnuts coming hot off the press!
The paper towels will soak up any unwanted extra grease.

Remove doughnuts from the hot oil
with tongs and set on the paper towels to cool a little.

While still warm, toss a few at a time in a bag partially filled with icing sugar.
You could also use your favourite glaze after they are completely cool.
Call the masses...there will be enough for a crowd!
Oh, and be sure to enjoy!

Many Blessings, Camille


Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Hailey saw the pictures and says to me, "Please just make these, Mom". How fun! Thanks for sharing :)

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Oh how wonderful! I'm praising God for your family! May our Lord Jesus direct your life and use you in His mighty way, Calvin. God Bless!

Heather said...

Oh.Dear.Me. is right!

Lois said...

It's my fault for viewing this at 8:00 am!! My friend's mother used to make potato donuts that were fabulous. When I tried her recipe, they never turned out as good. Oh, and I like to think homemade donuts are extremely healthy; it's the storebought ones that aren't good for you! (Wink back!) :)
Blessings to you on this fine day.

Camille said...

Dear Jackie ~ Yes, do make them! LOL! :) And, thank you for rejoicing with us on Calvin's baptism my friend. We are so thankful to the LORD for HIS Grace in the lives of our children...HE is so gracious, isn't HE? :)

Dear Heather ~ Have you begun eating sugar again? Maybe start with these. LOL! :)

Dear Lois ~ Isn't that always the way? Things taste better when they are made for you...I think my Mom's turned out better than mine. Oh, and yes, homemade is always better for you...even doughnuts...LOL! :)

Blessings to you all!

Anonymous said...

These look SO good! I will need to make these soon, and I am already looking forward to a "once-every-ten-year" doughnut feast! :) Thanks for posting this recipe!

Have a wonderful day!

Love, Tabea

Camille said...

Dear Tabea ~ Thank you for stopping by again and for your sweet comment. Perhaps we will have a *feast* together sometime. :)

Camille XO