She’s a plain Jane. She’s a donut with no fancy frills. No glazing, no sugar coating, she’s a wallflower. The one who feels left out of the crowd. You know, the third wheel. She’s different. Different because of what she is made of. Others say she doesn’t belong because its just not normal.
But what do all those other fancy donuts know? Sure, they have glitter and glitz. Sprinkles and icing and yes, in their own right they are delicious too. But the wallflower, she is special. She doesn’t need all those sprinkles and icings to make her shine. All she needs is one ingredient that is different from the rest. Mashed Potatoes. Sometimes being the wallflower can turn out to be the best thing ever!
1-1/2 cups room temperature mashed potatoes (just plain mashed taters please – no milk or butter added)
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 cups flour (a little more to help with rolling out the dough)
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon
3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
In a large mixing bowl using hand mixer (or you can use your kitchen aid as I did – only use the paddle – not the dough hook) beat the potatoes and sugar until incorporated and the mixture becomes wet. Add eggs, 1 at a time and mix until blended. Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon & nutmeg. Incorporate slowly into the batter. The dough will still be slightly sticky. Turn dough out onto well floured board and gently pat into a circle. Cut with donut cutter and carefully place in grease that has reached a temperature of 350 degrees. When the donut floats to the top of the oil, carefully turn over. Continue to cook and turn donuts until evenly browned. Drain on paper towels until slightly cooled. Dig in and see how amazing the wallflower really can be!