DONUTS - "GRANDMA WALKERS" a plain old delicious recipe.

Nancy J. Patrykus


My maternal grandma Joan Walker, ( see picture)taught me how to make these when I a little girl!... 1943 ?
I would have to take a streetcar ( Western Ave.) West. Across the middle of Chicago,Ill. to Evanston, Ill. Then walk at the end of the line -maybe a mile to Grandmas. Toke maybe 2-3 hrs each way!
It was worth it!! Donuts, ahead... YUM.
I can still smell them today.
I was so happy she let me do the cutting.
Oh! the joy of tasting the first one!!
Known in England in 1536 as "imported doughy cakes" doughnuts were brought to this country by Dutch and English settlers.
Originally they were only balls of dough.
Doughnuts were as popular with soldiers of the Revolutionary War as they were with the "dough boys" of World War 1, and the G.I.'s of World 2.
They are hearty and heartening, and delicious.
Just plain old rolled donuts,a no yeast recipe.
Without frosting or glazes, just the aroma of the spices....ah!
I am sure she is looking down and smiling.. ..that I remembered her..and am sharing her recipe with you.
Please call them "Grandma Walkers" recipe. Thank You.

P.S. I think she had made that dress out of feed sacks.
That is another story,for another time...

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2 dozen


30 Min


10 Min


whole eggs
1 c
2 Tbsp
soft shortening
3/4 c
thick buttermilk
3-1/2 c
sifted flour
2 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
baking sida
1/4 tsp
ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp

Directions Step-By-Step

Beat... thoroughly the eggs
Beat... in sugar and shortening
Stir... in buttermilk

Sift together...flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
Turn onto a generously floured board. Roll out 1/3" thick. Let rest 20 minutes. Cut with a doughnut cutter. Fry in hot fat 380 until brown. Drain on absorbent paper. Serve plain.
P.S. Elsie just jogged my memory.
We did use a jelly glass and her thimble!
to cut out the donuts! Thanks Elsie.XXXX
OH11 the good ole days......

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