Old Fashioned Sour Cream Doughnuts

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 3 Ratings
Serves: A dozen, plus holes
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Cooking Method: Deep Fry


2 1/4 c cake flour, plus more for rolling and cutting - reccomended to spoon out flour when measuring then level with a knife
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp iodized salt
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 c sugar
2 Tbsp shortening
2 large egg yolks
2/3 c sour cream
canola oil for frying
3 1/2 c confectioners' sugar - sifted
1 1/2 tsp light corn syrup
1/4 tsp iodized salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 c plus 1 tbsp hot water, plus more if needed

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Cassie * Recipe
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Great state of, PA
Member Since Dec 2011
Cassie's notes for this recipe:
This is one recipe I was never able to find, that my Gram used to make...I found this one on the web...it tasted just like the ones she made...they are to die for...

Winter is coming soon, not much to do...so, why not try them?...they are the most amazing doughnuts ever... in my book!...They melt in your mouth.. try them and you can be the judge...don't let the instructions deter you...they are quite easy..Enjoy!

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Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg together into a mixing bowl, and set aside.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the sugar and shortening for 1 minute on low speed, until sandy. Add the egg yolks, then mix 1 more minute on medium speed, scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula if necessary, until the mixture is light colored and thick.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in three separate additions, alternating with the sour cream, mixing until just combined on low speed and scraping the sides of the bowl each time. The dough will be sticky, like cookie dough.
Transfer the dough to a clean bowl and refrigerate, covered with plastic wrap, for 45 minutes (or up to 24 hours).

Using a candy thermometer to measure the temperature, heat oil (at least 2 inch deep) in a deep fryer, large pot, or high-sided frying pan to 325°F. Roll chilled dough out on a generously floured counter or cutting board to 1/2 inch thick, or about 8 inches in diameter, flouring the top of the dough and the rolling pin as necessary to prevent sticking. Cut into as many doughnuts and holes as possible, dipping the cutter into flour before each cut. Fold and gently reroll the dough (working with floured hands makes the dough less sticky), and cut again.

Shake any excess flour off the doughnuts before carefully adding them to the hot oil a few at a time, taking care not to crowd them. Once the doughnuts float, fry for 15 seconds, then gently flip them. Fry 75 to 90 seconds, until golden brown and cracked, then flip and fry the first side again for 60 to 75 seconds, until golden. Drain a rack set over paper towels/absorbent paper.

Place the ingredients in a large mixing bowl or in the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Using a whisk, or with the machine on low speed, blend until the mixture is smooth and all the sugar has been incorporated, scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, if necessary. If the glaze seems to thick, add more hot water, a teaspoon at a time.

To glaze, dip one side of each hot doughnut into the warm glaze, and let dry 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

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user Cathy Virtel catv101 - Nov 5, 2013
My mouth is watering looking at this!! For shame Cassie!!
user Cassie * 1lovetocook1x - Nov 5, 2013
I wish I could share one with you Cathy, but the kids put an end to them...Lol!
user Susan Cutler suak - Nov 5, 2013
My Grandmother always made doughnuts for us. These look yummy. Thanks Cassie, another great recipe!
user Carol * pcz - Nov 5, 2013
WOW!!!! these look sooooo good!!! I have an extra container of sour cream I was wondering what to do with...this may be the recipe I'll make to use some of it. Thank you dear girl for another incredible recipe!!! (((Cassie)))

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