This is an old family favorite, handed down for years, the outside of the doughnut is crisp and the inside is light and chewy. This does make a HUGE batch, first timers may want to half it. These are worth the effort.

Robyn

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
80
Yield:
80 -100 doughnuts
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Ingredients

80
Original recipe yields 80 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small saucepan, cover peeled potatoes with water. Bring water to a boil and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Let cool and mash.

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  • Scald the milk and add the sugar, shortening, 2 cups mashed potatoes and salt. Mix well.

  • In an upright mixer with a dough hook attachment. Add the potato mixture, flour, lemon juice, lemon zest, water, yeast eggs and nutmeg. Mix until well mixed, dough will be a bit sticky. Cover and let rise until doubled in size.

  • Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface and cut with a doughnut cutter. Place the cut doughnuts on a greased baking sheet, cover and let rise until doubled in size.

  • In a hot fryer or deep fry pan heat shortening or canola oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Carefully place 2 to 3 doughnuts in pan. Turn when lightly golden. Lift out when done and drain on paper towels. Glaze or roll in sugar.

Nutrition Facts

86 calories; protein 2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 12.1g 4% DV; fat 3.2g 5% DV; cholesterol 14.7mg 5% DV; sodium 39mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
08/10/2008
Shouldn't be too critical when the recipe calls for fresh potatoes to be cooked and then mashed. Hard to specify how dry they should be. This is much like using sourdough, when the recipe author has no idea how thick my starter might be. One makes adjustments as needed. I found it necessary to add some flour even in a climate with less than 20% humidity average. If you're a novice, be prepared to add flour to make the dough workable. This is part of the joy of baking; if it was easy, everybody would be doing it! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/24/2008
I am not an avid cook or baker but I love spudnuts and have been trying to find a good recipe for a while. I tried this recipe word for word and it is written terribly. Not knowing I needed to put the yeast in the water first I followed the recipe and it said to enter everything at once. Obviously my dough did not rise. As others have said also my dough turned into a potato soup opposed to something I could ever "roll out". If you are planning on making these you need to be super experienced to be able to read between the lines and understand what you're really supposed to do instead of just being able to follow instructions. Read More
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12 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 4
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  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
08/09/2008
Shouldn't be too critical when the recipe calls for fresh potatoes to be cooked and then mashed. Hard to specify how dry they should be. This is much like using sourdough, when the recipe author has no idea how thick my starter might be. One makes adjustments as needed. I found it necessary to add some flour even in a climate with less than 20% humidity average. If you're a novice, be prepared to add flour to make the dough workable. This is part of the joy of baking; if it was easy, everybody would be doing it! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/24/2008
I am not an avid cook or baker but I love spudnuts and have been trying to find a good recipe for a while. I tried this recipe word for word and it is written terribly. Not knowing I needed to put the yeast in the water first I followed the recipe and it said to enter everything at once. Obviously my dough did not rise. As others have said also my dough turned into a potato soup opposed to something I could ever "roll out". If you are planning on making these you need to be super experienced to be able to read between the lines and understand what you're really supposed to do instead of just being able to follow instructions. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2003
I had to add more flour than recommended to make the dough workable. They are very good doughnuts. I'll make them again. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/25/2004
What is with this recipe?? I ended up with a nice product but only after having to more than double the amount of flour and not adding the water. Had I followed the recipe to the letter I would have ended up with dough soup! Very bad instructions very badly written! If you are not an experienced cook don't bother with this recipe. It would be great if it had been written properly. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/21/2003
Excellent!! Had to add quite a bit more flour but they turned out as described Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2010
These are excellent! You do have to double the flour but anyone who has worked with dough will figure that out in a heartbeat. I've added the yeast directly to the mixture as well as dissolving it in water first and it turned out great both times. In my opinion it's worth trying again if it doesn't work out the first time especially if you love homemade spudnuts. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/02/2009
I agree with the other cooks. This recipe is poorly written. The equation of dry vs wet ingredients is not equal. I too had to double the amount of flour so that it was on longer potato mush!! It never would have risen! It was still sticky as directed in the recipe. We'll see if they work out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2011
my mom use to make these as i was growing up but with a shorter version. resipes you generaly always regulate the flour you put in. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/27/2017
For those who actually FOLLOW THE RECIPE AS WRITTEN the first time: This recipe is woefully wet. Experienced cooks (not me) will recognize this and add flour or more wisely cut out some of the liquid - like cut the milk and water amounts in half. After adding a lot of flour the donuts turned out with good structure and texture. However the added flour washes out all the flavor from the sugar and nutmeg. Again highly recommend cutting the liquids in half. Read More
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