2 Tablespoons Yeast
¼ cup warm water
1 cup milk
¼ cup lard or shortening
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 cups flour
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Scald the milk, add the shortening, sugar and salt. Let this cool to lukewarm.
Add the beaten eggs, vanilla, dissolved yeast and flour.
Let rise until light. Roll dough out on a floured surface to about 1/3 to ½ inch thick. Cut with a doughnut cutter or a large biscuit cutter and a small biscuit cutter centered. Allow to rise until very light (30 – 45 minutes).
Leave uncovered so crust will form on the dough.
Fry in hot fat or oil. Place raised side down first to allow the top side to rise while the under side cooks. Drain on cooling rack placed over absorbent paper.
Roll the doughnuts in powdered sugar or glaze them.
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tsp vanilla
Mix together and add more milk if too thick.