Sour Milk Doughnuts

Everybody has those memories of the fun, simple activities they did as a kid.  One of mine was making doughnuts with my mom and sisters.  Even though almost everything that we ate was homemade, doughnuts were extra-special.  Maybe we did it on a snow day — or maybe it was just a day where my mom had a little extra time — and some sour milk that needed to be used up.  Whatever the case, the excitement level went up a few notches in our house when we heard we were making doughnuts!  What’s not to like about doughnuts when you’re a kid?  You get to cut them out–that’s fun all by itself!  Then my mom would give us old bread bags (that were double-bagged) with powdered sugar, cinnamon-sugar, or granulated sugar in them.  She would drop the hot doughnuts in our bags, and we got to shake, shake, shake!  The more sugar on the doughnut, the yummier it was!  So for us children, it was a huge success.101_7307-1

Well, my smack-dab middle child turned 6 today.  Many times I make my children monkey bread for their breakfast, but Kristi does not care for monkey bread.  Something is the problem with her, I know!  So I told her we would make doughnuts.  Now, I have to admit that as a mommy, making doughnuts is not as much fun as it was when I was a child in one way–cleaning up the mess, dealing with the hot oil, making sure Kiley doesn’t destroy all the doughnuts before they are eaten, . . . .  However, in one way it is more fun–having fun making food with my children, watching them take turns and share, seeing their enjoyment as they eat the special treat–who knew simple home-made doughnuts could bring such enjoyment?  It is wonderful to hand down to my children the tradition of making doughnuts!  To do something with my children that my mom did with me.  In fact, this morning I had to call my mom to get the recipe–as I couldn’t find mine.  We  had fun laughing at some of the archaic words (that I changed) that were originally used in this simple recipe.   So here is our recipe for Sour Milk Doughnuts.  It’s a more cakey doughnut; and although I personally like Krispy Kreme doughnuts better, they do not have the same memories attached (and they are a lot more expensive–hence, Thrifty Thursdays!  :) )  Fyi–I also halved the recipe today as I did not want 30 doughnuts, but below is the original recipe.

Sour Milk Doughnuts

  • Beat 2 eggs until light.
  • Add 1 cup sugar.
  • Beat until smooth.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup melted shortening and 1 tsp. vanilla or 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • Add alternately 1 cup sour milk or buttermilk and 4 cups flour.  **If you do not have sour milk, add 1 tsp. vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk.
  • Add:  4 tsp. baking powder, 1/4 tsp. soda, and 3/4 tsp. salt

101_7293Mix into a smooth, soft dough.

Turn out onto a floured surface, knead lightly, and pat or roll to 1/2″ thick.

Cut doughnuts out with a floured doughnut cutter and fry in deep hot fat at 375°until golden brown turning once.  (I heated canola oil in my electric skillet.)

Drain on paper towels.  I put them rather quickly into the bags of sugar and let the kids shake the bags so that the doughnuts are sugar-coated.  I usually double bag old bread bags.


This recipe makes about 30 doughnuts.


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