Old-Fashioned Doughnuts

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Preparation time: 35 mins plus chilling
Cooking time: 15 mins

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 18 servings


•1/2 cup sour cream
•1/2 cup buttermilk
•1 cup sugar
•3 eggs
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•4 cups all-purpose flour
•2 teaspoons baking powder
•1/2 teaspoon baking soda
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•Oil for deep-fat frying
•Confectioners' sugar


•In a large bowl, beat sour cream and buttermilk until smooth. Beat in sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla just until combined. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to buttermilk mixture just until combined (dough will be sticky). Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
• Turn dough onto a well-floured surface; knead for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Roll out to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. doughnut cutter.
• In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, for 3 minutes or until golden brown on each side. Fry doughnut holes until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Yield: About 1-1/2 dozen doughnuts plus doughnut holes.


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