This is an old recipe for doughnuts made with mashed potatoes that I came across and I made them today and there are just NO WORDS for how good these things are!!! My family are all very happy campers right now!!! They loved 'em! I can't believe I've had this recipe for all these years and never seen it!!!
Get these ingredients all ready and it makes it much easier. First take your warm water and put your yeast in it to dissolve. Then let it sit while you get the rest of your ingredients together. Scald your milk and let it start cooling. Get your mashed potatoes ready. Now, when the milk has cooled put your shortening and your potatoes into the milk. Add the eggs and the yeast and take a whisk to mix it up well.
In a large bowl sift together 1/2 of your flour, salt, and your sugar then sift the rest of your flour in with it and take your hands and stir it all up really good. Now make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in your milk mixture. Stir in the middle first with your hands then start making bigger circles till all is mixed in well and then it will become more stiff and you will just keep kneading til all of the flour is incorporated into the ball. Then cover and let rest in warm draft free place til doubled in size.
On floured surface drop dough out and knead and roll out. Cut with a doughnut cutter, (I didn't have one so I took a biscuit cutter and the lid off of a steak bottle for the center)I lightly dusted my cookie sheets with flour and laid them on it. Then you let them rise again til double in size or til they look like doughnuts because they will rise some more in the oil. Drop into hot oil and fry. When you take them out of the oil drop them into the following glaze.
Glaze(this is more like a very thin syrup): 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water boil til sugar is dissolved. I let it cool a little bit then take the doughnuts out and drop them into the glaze. Then put them on a plate and dust them with some powdered sugar. ENJOY!!!