Sugar 'n' Spice Doughnuts

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Makes 24 doughnuts
Katrina Giard, North Hero, Vermont
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The sugar ‘n’ spice doughnuts will fill your kitchen with the scents of cinnamon and nutmeg and everything nice.

As with most doughnuts, these are deep fried from a flour dough. You can simply heat vegetable oil in a deep pan over medium heat.

Adapt the spices as you wish.  For example, if you would like more “spice” flavor, add clove whenever you add cinnamon (1/4 teaspoon for the donuts and 1/8 teaspoon to the coating). 

Or, if you only want a “cinnamon and sugar” coating, just mix 2 tablespoons of cinnamon with the sugar.

Enjoy your fresh, delicious hot donuts! What a treat!

3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 cups sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
vegetable oil, for deep-frying

In a large bowl, cream the shortening with 1 cup of sugar, then beat in the eggs. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk, stirring into a soft dough. 

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured board to a 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with doughnut cutter.

Heat the vegetable oil in a deep pan over medium heat. Add enough oil so that the doughnuts will float in the pan as they cook. When the oil is hot, (about 375°F), carefully lower the dough into the pan and fry for about 3 minutes on each side, turning only once. Cover a cookie sheet with paper towels and place the doughnuts on the sheet to drain.


3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Combine the remaining sugar and the spices in a small, clean bag.  Put the warm doughnuts into the bag, a few at a time, and shake until coated with the sugar and spice mixture.

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