A perfect hands-on project for anyone reading ‘Homer Price‘, making doughnuts is fun, messy and results in a delicious treat. As a matter of fact this recipe is so wonderful, you should read ‘Homer Price’ to your children, just so you have an excuse to make these doughnuts.
Our children have had beautiful results with this recipe.
- 4 envelopes active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 3 cups lukewarm milk
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 4 eggs
- 2/3 cup shortening
- 10 cups all-purpose flour
- 8 cups peanut oil (or veg oil) for frying
- 2/3 butter
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 TBL vanilla
- 1/2 cup hot water (as needed)
- Mix yeast with warm water and let rest for 5 minutes or until foamy.
- Mix together yeast mixture, milk sugar, salt, eggs, shortening and 4 cups of flour. Stir with a wooden spoon for several minutes then add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough no longer sticks to bowl.
- Knead for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic.
- Place dough in greased bowl and let rise until double. Dough is ready if you touch it and the indentation remains.
- Turn dough onto floured surface and roll out to 1/2 inch thick. Cut doughnuts. (We use a coffee cup with a large rim and the cap of a spice container.)
- Grease a tray and allow cut doughnuts to rise, covered, on tray until double.
- Make glaze by melting butter in saucepan.
- Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Remove from heat.
- Stir in hot water one tablespoon at a time until icing is thin, but not watery.
- Heat oil in deep-fryer or large skillet. Slide doughnuts into hot oil. Turn as they rise to the surface. Fry on each side until they are golden brown.
- Remove from oil and drain on a wire rack.
- Dip doughnuts in glaze while still hot and set on wire racks to cool.
Eat and enjoy with your kids!