I got this recipe from a friend. She got it from the Taste of Home Winning Recipes. I like the fact that I don’t have to use a bunch of oil to fry them. They taste just as good, in our opinion.
2 packages yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110º to 115º)
1 1/2 cup warm milk (110º to 115º)
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 1/2 – 5 cups flour
1/4 cup butter, melted (I did not use)
1/2 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
5 teaspoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla
In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk and shortening; stir for 1 minute. Add the sugar, eggs, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and 2 cups of flour; beat on low speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Do not knead.
Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; roll out 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a doughnut cutter; place two inches apart on greased baking sheets. Brush with butter (if desired). Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Bake at 350º for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt butter; stir in powdered sugar, water, and vanilla. Stir over low heat until smooth (do not boil). Keep warm. Dip warm doughnuts, one at a time, into glaze and turn to coat (I just dipped the top). Drain on a wire rack.