Donuts for Michelle

My friend Michelle asked a while back for a tutorial on my homemade donuts.  Well, I finally got around to making them.  Alert: this may create an intense desire to make these things!

Raised Donuts

1 cup sugar
1 cup shortening
3 teaspoons salt
4 eggs
1 quart milk, warmed
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/3 teaspoon mace or nutmeg
3 packets yeast

Cream sugar, shortening and salt together.  Add eggs and mix.  Add lukewarm milk, flavoring and yeast that has been dissolved in 1 cup warm water.

(I used fresh nutmeg).  Add enough flour to make a dough a little softer than bread.
(I kneaded it on the counter to incorporate enough flour as the mixer bowl wasn't big enough).
Let raise twice its size.
Punch down dough.
Roll out 1/3" thick.
Cut into desired shapes and let raise until double.
Put in hot grease, turn, let brown again.  Remove and drain.  Glaze.  (It's important to let the grease be hot enough--- about 375 degrees--- test it by sticking a piece of dough in.  If it sizzles immediately and rises to the surface, then the oil is hot enough.)

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup warm water (1 tablespoon at a time)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon Karo syrup
maple flavoring or cocoa powder, optional

These are fun boxed up in wax paper and delivered to neighbors or friends!


Summer At It's Finest
I apologize for no picture. See, we're spending the Summer in Boise and I didn't bring my camera charger, so I'm stuck with only about ten minutes of camera-time.
Also, as my life is crazy right now (we're helping work on my parent's new home in Boise) and between house and apartment-hopping, I don't have regular access to the Internet. So, I just wanted to check in, my blogging world friends, and say I'm still here and I will be posting regularly come August.
P.S. Michelle, I haven't forgotten your request for a donut tutorial. I will post on that when I get back to my own digs. Or, maybe I can convince Whitney to photograph while I make donuts. Check back.