Nanny’s Raised Doughnuts

Laura, over at The Spiced Life, is holding a Grandma’s Recipes Event. Thank you Laura for doing this!! I thought and thought this one over. Most of my grandmother’s recipes that I have written down in my own home are her cookies. I decided to call my Aunt Ann and asked her to send me some recipes (as she is in possession of all Grandma’s recipes). She sent me a quite a few, but the one I decided to go with was the Raised Doughnuts. Grandma and Grandpa, who after my children were born, became Nanny & Poppy, loved doughnuts. I remember her making doughnuts when I was young, but when I was an adult, I remember them bringing them home from the store more often. I do remember the favorite was a maple glazed doughnut, so I will be recreating that today, along with some other decorated ones!When I think of Nanny, I think of all the time she and I spent together. I was so lucky to get to have a grandmother who loved to have me around as much as I loved to be near her! I remember getting up early when my dad would take off for work, just to go around the corner with dad and go to Grandmas in the morning. I would go back upstairs and curl up and cuddle with Gram for another hour or two and then we would get up and she would make me breakfast. She always gave us what we wanted, and I usually wanted a egg fried in real butter and toast. Go figure. I can’t eat eggs now to save my life, but back then I loved them! I remember many times being at Gram’s house when she was baking her pies or cookies. There was always something sweet at her house and we always knew where to look to find those sweets. ;o)

Now, the recipe that my aunt scanned and emailed me for Gram’s raised doughnuts is pretty sketchy. Fortunately, I grew up around her and mom both making these…..and I basically “knew” what to do.

Raised Doughnuts
Mae Iris Whitton (my lovely Grandmother!)

1 packet yeast
3/4 cup sugar
1-1/4 cups milk
4-1/2 cups flour
3 Tbsp. shortening (I used canola oil)
1 egg
1/4 tsp mace (she had written you could use nutmeg or cinnamon in place, I went with cinnamon)
1/4 tsp. salt

Now, her directions are spotchy, but I want to put it here as she put it. You might get a good chuckle over it!

Dissolve yeast, 1 tbsp. sugar in milk. After it cools add 1/2 cups lour, beat well, let raise 1 hr in warm place.

Well, if your don’t know how to bake, your not going to have a clue how to make these and do it right! This is what I did:

I scalded the milk and let cool to just lukewarm. Mix in the packet of yeast and 1 tbsp of sugar. Let sit 5 minutes. Add remaining sugar, oil and egg and mix well. Gradually add flour (and I did only use 4 -1/2 cups!). Turn out onto lightly floured board and knead gently until uniform. Let sit and rise for 1 hour.

After doughnuts rise, roll out to 1/2″ thick, cut with doughnut cutter and set aside. Heat oil to temp of 350 degrees. Drop doughnuts into oil. They will sink to the bottom. When they rise to the top, immediately turn over to prevent cracking. Cook doughnuts until browned and drain on a plate covered with a paper towel to absorb and residual grease.

I decided to coat the doughnut holes with cinnamon sugar. Once they are removed from the oil and have sat a couple of minutes, put them in a paper bag with cinnamon sugar mixture and shake to coat.

I also made two types of frosting. I wanted to do maple because it was one of Gram’s favorite flavors but I also wanted to decorate with pastel colors for the “spring” effect.

To make the maple frosting, I took a tablespoon of butter and melted it in the microwave. For the maple frosting I added about 2 tbsp maple syrup, 1/2 tsp mapleine, confectioner’s sugar and enough milk to thin enough to glaze consistency. I then dipped the tops in the frosting and sat upright on towel lined plates to set.

For the Almond flavored glaze I basically did the same thing except I only used 1 Tbsp butter, confectioner’s sugar, 1 tsp. almond extract and milk. I don’t have measurements for the confectioner’s sugar or milk. I usually just dump in enough sugar and milk until it comes to the consistency I want for glazing or frosting.


  1. says

    I was just thinking of getting some KrispyKremes for the girls’ weekend breakfast treat but now I’m thinking making our own will be more fun. Thanks for sharing the recipe. These look totally scrumptious!

  2. says

    I have been wanting donuts now for the past few days and here you go and blog some real beauties! I’ll take a dozen, please!

    Love your Grandmother’s recipe directions. Family food memories are just the best, and so nice to be able to recreate and remember our times with them.

  3. says

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  4. says

    These look delicious! It s nice to have a grandma like this I also enjoyed my chldhood with dranma and grandpa and I also wanted the fried egg in the morning made by my grandpa only :)

  5. says

    What a beautiful post! Your Nanny sounds wonderful. I call my grandma Nanny, too! I’m so glad these doughnuts could bring back such wonderful memories for you. I’ve never actually tried to make doughnuts, but I think I’m going to try your recipe. They sound so delicious!! Yay for your Nanny and her wonderful recipes.

  6. says

    Thank you so much for sharing your Nanny’s recipe! They look absolutely delicious and no doubt taste even better. Isn’t it amazing how store-bought doughnuts have an ingredients list as long as your arm but here, it’s simply 8 very common and pronounceable things? I am soooo bookmarking this!

  7. says

    I have never made donuts, but I love them. I remember my mom making them… I might have to be brave and try them sometime. Your’s do look good. And, yes, I love the old “handwritten” recipes our grandmas had–in shoeboxes too.

  8. says

    I need to find an excuse to make these! I’m not the biggest donut fan, but the donut holes, with cinnamon and sugar, sold me! Yummy!

  9. says

    These are both beautiful and delicious looking! I loved the background about breakfasts at your Grandma’s. Those are some of the best memories. And, now I have a great doughnut recipe to try at last! Thanks for sharing.

  10. says

    I haven’t had a homemade raised donut in years. These look fabulous! And they have me thinking that I need to go and find my mom’s recipe!

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