Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Pioneer Buttermilk Doughnuts

This recipe belonged to Emily Dow Partridge Young, wife of Brigham Young. Because there was not a great variety of foods, when something was made it was generally made in quantity, and the original recipe was double this size. This recipe can be doubled or halved with good results.

Yield: 2 dozen doughnuts
Prep: 15 minutes, plus frying

2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
5 cups sifted flour
2 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp grated nutmeg
1/4 cup melted butter or shortening

Combine buttermilk, eggs, and sugar, and blend well. Beat in sifted dry ingredients, then stir in melted butter. Roll or pat dough on floured board about 1/4 inch thick and cut with a 2 1/2 inch doughnut cutter. Fry in hot fat (375 degrees) until golden brown. Drain & sprinkle with sugar, if desired.

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