Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Potato Doughnuts

Since we started off the Christmas baking season with family recipes, I figured I’d continue the trend today!


This recipe comes from Frog Prince’s family – the famous Potato Doughnuts!


Historically, Frog Prince’s grandma would make these for breakfast following Thanksgiving since they use a full cup of mashed potatoes. 

We attempted to make them this year on the day after Thanksgiving, and they were quite delicious. 

Potato Doughnuts – Adapted from Frog Prince’s Family
{Print Recipe}

1 C mashed potatoes
1 C sugar
2 T butter
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 C milk
1 tsp. lemon extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 C white wheat flour
2 1/2 C all-purpose flour*
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cream of tarter

Begin by mixing together the mashed potatoes, sugar, butter and spices in a large mixer. 


Then, add in the eggs, milk, lemon and vanilla extracts. 

While those ingredients cream together, combine flour, soda and cream of tarter in a second bowl.  Slowly add the flour mixture to the batter and mix well.  *At this point, if the dough is too sticky you need to add more flour.  In our case, our mashed potatoes were pretty moist, so we ended up adding almost 3/4 C additional flour. 


When dough is not entirely sticky to the touch, remove the dough onto a lightly floured flat surface.  Divide the dough in half and press out, or roll out, the dough to 1/2 – 3/4 of an inch thick.  Let the dough stand for about 5 minutes. 


Using a glass, cut out large circles from the dough.  Using a smaller glass, remove the center to make the doughnut. 


Remove excess dough and re-flatten to make more doughnuts.  Repeat until all dough (including the remaining half of dough) is made into doughnuts. 


The original recipe calls for the traditional oil-cooked doughnuts, giving these tasty things an old-fashioned doughnut flavor.  To do so, heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or better yet, a deep fryer/fondue pot, until it reaches 375 to 400 degrees.  Carefully place doughnuts into the hot oil and cook for 3-5 minutes until the doughnuts are lightly browned. 


Check the first doughnut you remove to make sure the inside is done to your liking and then repeat with the remaining doughnuts. 

Immediately after removing from the hot oil, place the doughnuts on to a paper towel, then sprinkle the doughnuts with cinnamon and sugar.  Allow to cool. 


We also tried baking up some of these doughnuts, and while their color wasn’t as spectacular as it is when deep fried, the taste was still good. 


To bake, place doughnuts on a large cookie sheet.  Heat the oven to 375.  Bake the doughnuts for 8ish minutes – being careful not to over bake.  Immediately after moving the doughnuts out of the oven, carefully remove them from the tray and onto a plate to douse them with spray butter.  Then, roll them in cinnamon and sugar. 


This makes about 2-3 dozen doughnuts.

This post is linked to:
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  1. What a great family recipe!!!! Who would've known that mashed potatoes could be turned into donuts! :-)

  2. I would have never known they had potatoes in them!!! So clever!

  3. Oh wow, I had no idea! Great recipe, I love that you need nothing special to make these too.

  4. I can't wait to give these a try. They look so yummy!!!

  5. Oh wow! These look awesome! Such a great thing to keep family tradition alive!

  6. What a fantastic way to use of the potatoes...I love cakey doughnuts like that!! YUM!!

  7. you're a much more patient doughnut maker than me. We usually just throw them in the oil in blobs. I love the idea of the mashed potatoes in there. I bet that it makes for a nice texture!

  8. I totally have to try these! I have made homemade donuts using store bought dough, but never have I heard of using potatoes.

  9. Oh my goodness! I love potatos and doughnuts. I really want to try this.

  10. Oooh, definitely going to have to try this one! Going to make the muffins tomorrow.

    Have a blessed day!!

  11. My grandmother used to make these. When she died most of her recipes were lost...(I was too young to have claimed them). I remembered eating and loving them, but whenever I would ask about Grammie's potato doughnuts some people would just look at me like I was crazy! I need to get some wheat flour and give these a try! Thank you!


  12. Hello Sweetie...
    What a wonderful share today. I love this recipe for the doughnuts and with 8 grandkids running around under feet most of the time, and always hungry I am going to try these with some left over mashed potatoes from Christmas for New Years. I can't wait. I will be letting you know how I do.

    I will be adding several ingredients to my grocery list, wheat flour for one. Oh thank you for the wonderful share. I am Country Wings in Phoenix, your newest follower. I can't wait to see what you share next. I would love to have you pop over and visit. I love meeting new friends and sharing. I would be so honored if you signed up to follow me as well.

    Have a wonderful New Year. Many country hugs, Sherry

  13. CountryMomCooks like this idea....I always make potato patties with my left over mash potatoes....I can't wait to try this.....


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