Buttermilk Doughnuts

Making doughnuts is one of my favorite Halloween traditions.  We haven't done it every Halloween, but I think it's a fun tradition.  I figure why not eat a few more calories on Halloween and work it off later?  

We made some doughnuts last year, but this year we used a new recipe and it didn't disappoint!  My kids loved helping me make them and eat them!

My kids loved the chocolate glazed doughnuts...
 and they loved the plain glazed too.

Buttermilk Doughnuts

1 pkg active dry yeast (2 1/2 tsp.)
1/4 cup warm water 
1 tsp. sugar
1 c. buttermilk
1/4 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. shortening
2 1/2 c. flour

Dissolve yeast in water, add 1 tsp. sugar & set aside... In saucepan heat buttermilk until just warm, add soda, salt, sugar & shortening. When luke warm, add yeast mixture & flour--knead until smooth & satiny.

Cover, let rise in warm place until double in size, about 1 hr. Punch down and roll dough to 1/2" thickness.  Cut into doughnuts (I used a cup for the outside and a small lid from a cake decorating sprinkle container) and let rise again (I let them rise probably 20 minutes while I made the glazes and heated the oil).  

Heat oil in dutch oven or big pot (1/2" deep at least).  Test the oil temperature by dropping in a small scrap of doughnut dough.  When it bubbles after being dropped in, the oil is ready.  Fry doughnut till light brown on one side, then flip over and fry the other side.  Place doughnut on paper towels to drain oil.  Glaze doughnuts while slightly warm.  

Glaze Recipes:
Heat 1/2 c. milk with 1 tsp. butter until warm and butter is melted.  You'll use this milk mixture for both kinds of glazes.  

Chocolate Glaze:
In a bowl mix:
1 c. powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. cocoa
3 Tbsp. milk mixture from above

Vanilla Glaze:
In a bowl mix:
1 c. powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. milk mixture from above
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. lemon juice
(If you like a slightly thinner glaze, add more milk mixture).

Put a slightly warm doughnut face down in the glaze, turn slightly and remove.  Enjoy!