This old fashioned potato donut recipe was one of my late mother-in-law's favorite recipes. It's said that the Fleming family purchased this prize winning recipe at an estate auction sometime in the 1930s, but it's thought to be much older.
These mashed potato donuts are so easy to make, and they taste so mouth-watering delicious that you'll want to eat them while they're still warm and crispy from the frier!
Helen Fleming's Recipes (c. 1940s)
2 cups mashed potatoes
1/4 cup butter
Pinch of salt
3 cups white sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
7 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups mashed potatoes; mix butter size of egg (1/4 cup) with potatoes; add pinch of salt, 3 cups white sugar, 3 beaten eggs, 1 cup milk.
Sift 7 cups all-purpose flour. Put 5 cups flour with eggs and milk mixture. Take remaining 2 cups flour and add 4 teaspoons baking powder. Add bit of nutmeg. Mix all together. Fry in deep fat on a medium stove until golden brown.
The Perry Home Cook Book (1920)
1 cup sugar; 1 cup mashed potatoes; 1 cup sweet milk; 4 eggs; 4 teaspoons baking powder; 3 cups flour.
Mix thoroughly then add flour enough to make stiff dough. Do not separate eggs; beat with sugar then add potatoes. Put a teaspoon vinegar in frying fat. —Mrs. Delia Hughes, Seal Beach, Calif.
Donuts are immensely popular throughout the world, and it's not surprising that Americans with their large population consume the most. Dunkin' Donuts® and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts® are the most popular brands sold in the United States, and billions are sold each year.
However, did you know that Tim Hortons®, the main donut franchise in Canada, is reported to have over four times as many outlets per capita than its American counterparts?
That's because Canadians are known to eat more donuts than anybody in the world — three times as many per capita than our American neighbors!
We Canadians are nuts about donuts! In most cities, you are never more than four blocks from a donut shop. They've become a social gathering place — an institution!
For many Canadians, it has become a daily ritual to enjoy coffee and donuts at Timmys while reading the newspaper, meeting clients, or while doing one's homework. It's where we socialize.
However, I can share from experience that those made from Grandma's old fashioned potato donut recipe will taste better than any you can buy. And, they'll cost you less too!
You are sure to find a favorite in this collection of recipes. Are you ready? Have fun making a batch today. Your family and friends will be impressed, and you'll get to enjoy a delicious homemade treat.