Thursday, November 6, 2008

Who wants a recipe?

And so we have a new President-elect. This calls for donuts. (celebrate or commiserate. whichever.)

One thing I never told you: these donuts are actually called SPUDnuts. As in potato-nuts. Because you have to put potatoes in them. And they are really good. Don't know why I withheld that little piece of info from you. Probably because I didn't want to have to explain (kinda like a politician there) what a spudnut is. So much easier to just say that my mom makes the best donuts. But, spudnuts are the same- only better- than your regular, run-of-the-mill donut.

And now, without further ado, I give you my mom's famous spudnut recipe:


3 cups warm milk (not too hot or it will kill your yeast)
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup shortening
2 scant Tablespoons salt
1 1/2 cup mashed potatoes (can be instant- but real is better---use your Thanksgiving leftovers)
1 tsp. lemon extract
1 tsp. nutmeg
4 eggs
3 Tablespoons dry yeast
10 cups flour

Combine dry ingredients and cut in shortening. In a separate bowl beat eggs. Form a well and pour in wet ingredients. Mix together. Let raise twice. (actually, once is fine)

Roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut donuts and let rise until they double in size.

Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown.

1/4 cup milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
(add cocoa if you want a chocolate glaze)

Mix together and dip donut completely in glaze and let excess drip off.

That's it. No big secret. And so you have election time/ Halloween spudnuts. Go forth, change the world with your spudnuts. But, here is a little secret: if you want to save the world, you have to save the cheerleader.

oh, and Sunday is my birthday


Julie said...

Thanks for the recipe! There used to be a place on the Oregon coast that was famous for Spudnuts. I never got a chance top try them, so I'm very excited to try your recipe. Thanks again!

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

Love new recipes, thank you :)

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

P.S. I just signed up to follow your blog I love it :)

Wizzard MoM said...

Save the cheerleader eh? You must be a Heroes Fan!!! That's too funny.

*MARY* said...

What a coincidence, Sunday is my un-birthday. I think I'll make these spudnuts to celebrate.

uniquelynat said...

love the little plug for your birthday there. nice and subtle. those really are the best donuts ever. we have the best mom.

Chris said...

oh yah. thanks for the birthday reminder (kidding!).

Sarah said...

Looks yummy. TOTALLY love Heroes! I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Julie & Scott said...

So how many does it make? Okay, random reader on your blog. I know :) I hate it when people suprise people comment on my blog. But you are really too funny. I use to work at Connect in Provo - we now live in Casa Grande, AZ.

Mechelle said...

yay! thank you for the recipe, I'll have to try it for thanksgiving when the family is here.


Elizabeth said...

Can't wait to try them- I don't even need an excuse to make yummy things! Thanks for the recipe!

Shannon said...

Thanks so much. I can't wait to try them. Neither can my family, though they don't know it yet.