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Old-Fashioned Cake Doughnuts

No recipe image available.Enjoy these old-fashioned, deep-fried cake doughnuts, rolled in granulated sugar, powdered sugar or cinnamon-sugar while they're still warm.

Recipe Ingredients:

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (optional)
1 cup buttermilk
Vegetable oil for frying
Granulated sugar, powdered sugar or cinnamon and sugar for garnish

Cooking Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the shortening and sugar together on medium speed until well blended; add the eggs, vanilla and lemon zest (if using); beat until well mixed.
  3. Alternately stir in the flour mixture with buttermilk to the creamed mixture, stirring only until just mixed. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  4. Preheat oil in a deep-fat fryer or Dutch oven to 375°F (190°C).
  5. On a lightly floured work surface, roll dough to about 3/8-inch-thick. Cut out doughnuts using a floured cutter.
  6. Fry doughnuts until underside is golden brown, turn and brown the other side. Lift doughnuts out using a slotted spoon and drain on paper toweling.
  7. Put granulated sugar, powdered sugar, or cinnamon and sugar into a paper bag. Place warm doughnuts in bag and shake to coat well.

Makes 36 doughnuts.