In honor of National Doughnut Day, here is my great grandmother’s recipe for homemade doughnuts dusted with sugar.
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsps baking powder
1 1/2 tsps salt
1/2 tsps baking soda
2 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup well-shaken buttermilk
4 tbsps butter, melted
2 large eggs
vegetable oil for frying
In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
In another bowl, whisk together 1 cup sugar, buttermilk, butter, and eggs, then add to flour and stir until a dough forms (dough will be very sticky).
Turn out dough onto a well-floured surface and knead gently 8 times. Flour dough and the rolling pin, then roll out dough into a 12-inch round (about 1/3 inch thick). Cut out as many doughnuts as possible with floured 3-inch doughnut cutter and transfer to lightly floured baking sheets. Gather scraps, reroll, and cut more doughnuts in same manner.
Heat oil in a large heavy pot until thermometer registers 375°F.
Working in small batches, slide doughnuts into oil and fry. Once each doughnut floats to surface, turn over and fry 50 seconds, then turn again and fry 50 seconds more. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Cool slightly and dredge in remaining 1 1/4 cups sugar.