Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Spudnuts! Doughnuts made from potato...and why they are so good!

Growing up only two miles from Grandma's house (which made her one of our closest neighbors), it was always a good day when Grandma made spudnuts. As a child, I remember being momentarily put off by the fact they had mashed potatoes in them. But only momentarily. These beat a regular doughnut any day... and just the thought of them is making my mouth water. So, I thought I'd  share this bit of history and yummyness.

4 cups scalded milk (Take it off the heat just before it boils)
5 eggs (Yep this is going to be a big batch!)
1 cup sugar
1 TBS salt
1 cup lard (This was Grandma's recipe, you can use shortening if you want.)
1 TBS lemon extract
1 cup mashed potatoes!
4 TBS yeast
10 cups flour (Yes, plan this when you have lots of company or when your are feeding the neighborhood.)

Make a sticky dough. Let it rise TWICE. Stir down with spoon.

Use lots of flour for rolling out. Put grease on heat when you first start rolling out dough. Fry the ones you cut first, putting top of spudnut down to begin. (If you need more info here, try Youtube for making doughnuts).

This makes 80-90!

Now for the glaze:

4 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 tsp cream of tarter

Boil to thread stage and keep warm. If it gets sugary add a little water and boil to dissolve crystals. When spudnuts come out, glaze each pan full while the next batch cooks. Drain on racks.

Now go, invite your neighbors or grand-kids over, and enjoy!

What do you remember making with a grandparent or older family member?


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    1. Too bad we didn't all live closer, we could have one big party! :)

  2. That looks good. I don't recall making anything with a grandparent. They all passed away while I was still very young. No real bakers in my family. My mom did make yummy baked beans. She would make me my own personal serving whenever she made a meal that she knew I hated. Very fond memory.

    1. Yum, backed beans--much healthier. :) Thanks for sharing your memory.

  3. Sounds delicious! I've never heard of spudnuts!

    1. Like I said, so good! They have a very nice flavor to them--though don't worry, they taste nothing like potatoes. :)

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  5. I have made yeast rolls using leftover mashed potatoes and they are delicious also. I remember making biscuits with my grandmother when I was little and she would give me a lid off of an Alka Seltzer bottle so I could cut biscuits just for me. She died when I was eleven so I didn't get to help make some of her other delicious food. Thanks for sharing your memory and recipe.

    1. Thanks for sharing your memory as well. That is priceless. :)

  6. These look delicious. The potato is a surprise.

    1. The potato just means they're better for you, right?

  7. This post made me feel nostalgic. Everything is so readily available anymore that people rarely make donuts from scratch. My mom would go through phases where she would make homemade donuts for awhile and then she'd take a break until the next phase. :) I'm not surprised by the addition of potatoes.