Making Donuts with Addy

Our last visit with Addy was pretty laid back. It was a cold, rainy day and we all just stayed inside and hung out for a while. When the kids and I arrived, Addy was busy giving her oldest daughter a spelling test, and the other two were at the kitchen table doing their school work. I was glad that Jada got to see her little friend doing “lesson time” too, as lately Jada has been complaining about having to do it. I was thankful to be able to point out to her, “See baby, every child has to do lesson time so that they can get smarter and learn more.”

They quickly finished up their work and were ready to play. All of the children wrestled around, and played horse for a while. Then Addy’s son brought out a play mat with roads on it to play cars on. It was funny watching all five of the children, from ages 13 to 2, laying on the floor playing cars together so nicely. Addy and I were able to talk while the kids busied themselves.

She was making Sourdough bread from a starter that somebody had given her, so I jumped in and helped her knead the dough. I told her about some cast iron pans that I had been looking at buying, and mentioned that I am really on the lookout for a dutch oven. She pointed out hers, and told me that if I get one, the best kind to look for is one with a flanged lid. She showed me the one she had with a flanged lid. It was flat on top, with a rim around the lid designed to hold coals on top of it when cooking over a fire.

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I found one online later, it’s called a Camp Dutch Oven. These are great because you can use them in your oven, but they are perfect for cooking over an open flame as well. This is a great piece of survival cookware. I’ve got one on my wish list!

As we talked I mentioned that I had tried making donuts for the first time the other day, but they didn’t come out all light and fluffy like a donut is supposed to be. They tasted more like biscuits covered in sugar than donuts. She asked me if I have a FryDaddy. I’d never heard of one, so she showed me hers. She told me she uses it to make homemade French fries too, along with her French fry cutter.

Her oldest daughter must have over-heard our conversation, ’cause she came into the kitchen where we were and whispered something into her mother’s ear. Addy nodded in approval to her request, and her daughter let out an excited squeal. I soon came to realize that she had asked if she could make donuts for all of us. They just happened to have a can of biscuits in the fridge, so I got to see the short cut way of making donuts, using the FryDaddy.

As the donuts cooked, I asked Addy what I can do to make my donuts better, without the use of a FryDaddy, since I don’t have one. She asked me how much oil I put in the pan when I fried them. I told her just a little. She told me that there needs to be enough oil that the donuts float in the pan when cooked. I had no idea I needed that much oil! I’m anxious to try my recipe again using her suggestion.

Here’s the recipe for donuts that I used:



  • 2 pkgs. active yeast
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1 c. lukewarm water
  • 1 c. milk
  • 6 T. vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 t. salt
  • 7 c. all-purpose flour; sifted and divided
  • 3 eggs, beaten

Dissolve yeast and sugar in water. Scald milk; add shortening, sugar and salt. Cool to lukewarm. Add 2 cups of flour to make a batter.

Add yeast and eggs and beat well. Add remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead lightly and place in a greased bowl, turning once. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size. (Tip: A good warm place for dough to rise is in the oven with a bowl of hot water underneath it and the oven light turned on inside).

Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into doughnuts; let rise again until double. (Tip: I use a mason jar lid ring to cut the doughnuts, and a lip stick tube to cut out the holes.)

Fry in hot oil (remember to put enough that the donuts float) until brown. Mine cooked well over just below the Medium heat setting. Dip in sugar glaze or sugar.

*I didn’t have any powdered sugar to make a glaze, so I just put the hot donuts into a paper bag filled with regular sugar and tossed till coated.

Makes about 34 donuts, plus holes!

Once the donuts were made, we all gathered around the table, spread icing over the delicious treats, and enjoyed their warmth together. Yum yum! Little Titus had chocolate all over his face!

What a great visit. I always learn something when I spend a little time with Addy and her family. I’ll be looking out for a FryDaddy now, it worked wonders on those donuts! Oh, and before I left she sent home some of that Sourdough bread starter with me, and a recipe to go along with it. Can’t wait to see how it comes out!

7 thoughts on “Making Donuts with Addy”

  1. Hi Kendra –
    Whenever I get in a food rut (run out of ideas and inspiration) I have my husband make me a list. Donuts is always at the top of it! Unfortunately, I’m not a great donut maker but he’s not picky. I’ll try your recipe as I still have found the one recipe. Anyway, we had a fry daddy and at some point it seemed to not be frying things very good – I don’t think it was getting hot enough. And I don’t like to have one use appliances in the kitchen if I can help it. And it was very messy to clean so I mostly didn’t clean it very well. We’ve come to use a large pot, I think it’s 9 inches across and only 5 inches tall. I fill this 1/2 way with lard we rendered (fat from a the butcher or from pigs we butcher with friends). When I’m finished I just dump the lard back into quart jars and use the lard for something else. Much easier clean-up. Maybe we can try donuts when you visit, they are still at the top of the request list!

  2. You can also fry biscuits with out hole. Then roll in cinnamon/sugar and you have fried biscuits. A little apple butter and it’s heavenly!

  3. You can buy a FryDaddy anywhere–local Walmart, Target, etc. They have all different sizes (and prices) too. Hope this helps! We make biscuit doughnuts like Mrs. Addy all the time…my kids love them! But we just use a regular old dutch oven pot on the stovetop. It’s already out and the FryDaddy is up on the top shelf of the pantry!

  4. Those look really good! I have made donuts from biscuits before but I think I will try your recipe. You can get a good fry daddy at wal-mart a smaller one for under 30.00, I think I got my cool to touch one for about 20.00. They are handy the only thing though when I get in a frying mood well the lbs just pack on! I can’t wait until it is full spring here so I can get out and get back to working outside in the garden, yard and hay fields! Thanks for sharing the recipe and story!

  5. Would love to know how to make the donuts using a can of biscuit. I am assuming you just cut them to the shape of donuts and cook in the oil?


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