This recipe if from my great-grannie Krause She lived to be 90 and I can remember enjoying her donuts as a little girl.
I used a large glass and the top from an oil bottle to cut out the donut shapes. I did make a few without holes and they turned out very good. For my first attempt I cut the recipe in half.

2C milk
1C sugar
1/2 C shortening
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 C mashed potatoes
1 1/2 pkg. dry yeast
1/2 C warm water
3 eggs
8C flour

1. Scald milk and mix milk, sugar, shortening, salt, and potatoes. Stir and set aside to cool to lukewarm.

2. Dissolve yeast in 1/4 C warm water and let stand about 5 minutes.

3. Add yeast to potatoe mixture and then add mixed eggs.

4. Add flour slowly and mix.

5. Put into greased bowl and let rise until it doubles.

6. Punch down and roll out into 1/4 in. thickness. Cut into donuts and lay out on a floured surface. Allow to rise again until doubled.

7. Fry donuts in 1 1/2 in. shortening (375 F)

8. Remove from pan and allow to cool on wire racks or paper towels.

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