Saturday, April 04, 2009

Snow and the doughnut recipe...

Robin in the Snow

We were supposed to get just 3-6 inches of new snow, but so far we've got about 8-10 and it's supposed to continue snowing most of the day. There's a whole lot of good, wet mud underneath which I'm grateful for, but oh my, it's hard getting around in this stuff. Thankfully, we are all done lambing and we've got just a handful of heifers left to calve. The mature cows start calving in a week or so and I guess they're just going to have to have their babies in the snow.

After posting "Doughnut Day" I received a request from Cottonpicker for the recipe. I'm glad to oblige you. Enjoy!

Raised Doughnuts
~The Joy of Cooking (with my edits – Jody)

Combine and let stand for 3 minutes:
1 c warm water (not hot)
2 packages dry yeast (4 tsp)
Sift and stir in:
1 c. flour

Cover this sponge and let rise about 30 minutes in a warm place.

Beat in:
1/4 c. butter, melted
1/2 c. sugar
2-3 eggs (added one at a time)
1 t. salt
3 1/2 c. flour (added gradually)

Beat for five minutes. Cover and let dough rise about 1 hour or until double in size. Punch down and then roll out on a well-floured cupboard. (dough will be a little sticky) Roll out to about 1/4" and cut out with round cutter with hole or cut into strips with a pizza cutter. Strips should be about 1" wide by 4-5" long.

Heat Crisco in large pan to about 350*. Before frying strips, twist slightly and gently lay them into grease. Turn when golden and drain on paper towels. Dip into powder sugar glaze or dip into sugar or cinnamon/sugar OR leave plain.

*I double this recipe for my family of seven. We sometimes have doughnut suppers in the spring during calving and lambing. I learned to make the twisted doughnuts after reading the book Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Almanzo’s mom always made doughnut twists because they "nearly turn themselves in the hot fat." ~Jody


  1. What a beautiful picture of the robin. He looks like he's wondering why he came back so early. Thanks for the doughnut recipe!

  2. I loved reading aloud the book, "Farmer Boy" when my dds were young. Every chapter mentioned some yummy sounding food! Such a contrast to Wilder's story, "The Long Winter" which what you appear to be having!

    I love your outlook!


  3. I love your robin picture - I've seen a number of them around here just lately. Their song is so cheery.

    I've never tried making doughnuts - or ever really deep-fried anything. I'd like to give it a try - and I'll definitely use your recipe - I've always remembered that quote of Almanzo's mother - Boy! didn't they eat well?? My boys loved that book - and always me to make pie for breakfast :)

  4. What is the quantity of yeast in one packet? We get dry yeast here in India is a large packet.

  5. Thank you for the recipe. My boys are going to be happy campers!


  6. Thimbleanna, I thought the same thing about the robin's "wondering" look.

    Joyce, Farmer boy was one of our most beloved read alouds. I think it was because the kids could relate to Almanzo's life so well.

    Island Sparrow, my kids love to have pie for breakfast and they do whenever there are left-overs. I don't deep-fat fry much, but I do when it's doughnuts.

    Embellisher, a packet of yeast is approximately 2 1/2 teaspoons. I buy bulk yeast too so I figure about 1 T. per packet.

    Debbie, I hope you enjoy the doughnut recipe.


  7. Oh yummm, thanks for posting. Clarice

  8. Hey Jody---I just came to try n look up your recipe, I am going to try these today (snowing & cold...everyone is miserable...except daddy! ha!) Just wondering if you served anything with your fun doughnut supper in the spring?


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