Banana Doughnuts © 1942
5 cups sifted flour
4 teaspoons soda
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, well beaten
3/4 cup mashed bananas (about 2 bananas)*
1/2 cup sour milk or buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour for rolling
Melted fat or oil
*Use fully ripe or all-yellow bananas
Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt and nutmeg. Beat shortening until creamy. Add sugar gradually and continue beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Add combined bananas, milk and vanilla to creamed mixture and blend. Add flour mixture and mix until smooth. Turn a small amount of dough onto a floured board. Knead very lightly. Roll out to 3/8-inch thickness. Cut with floured 2 1/2-inch doughnut cutter.
Heat fat to 375ºF. or until 1-inch cube of bread will turn golden brown in about 40 seconds. Slip doughnuts into fat with spatula. Fry about 3 minutes, or until golden brown, turning them frequently. Drain on obsorbent paper. Makes 3 1/2 dozen.
Sugar the donuts if desired.
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