Pennsylvania Dutch doughnuts
Traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday, six weeks before Easter.
Makes 4 dozen doughnuts
Soften yeast in warm water. Let stand 5-10 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon sugar and 3 cups sifted flour to the milk, stiring until smooth. Stir in the yeast. Cover; let rise in a warm place until doubled.
Stir in eggs, butter, remaning sugar, salt, nutmeg, and enough flour so mixture can no longer be stirred with a spoon (a soft dough), Cover, let rise until doubled.
Punch down dough and divide into two portion. On a floured surface, roll out each portion about 1/2 thick. Cut dough with a doughnut cutter. Cover dough and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
Fry in dep fat heated to 370°F. Fry 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly browned; turn doughnuts to brown evenly. Remove from fat and drain.
~Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook, 1967
Page created Anne Pemberton May 25, 2003. Edited Tue, June 3, 2003 . AP.