OLD FASHIONED DOUGHNUTS
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup lukewarm milk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (or as needed)
Vegetable oil or vegetable shortening
Vanilla Glaze (recipe follows)
In a small bowl proof yeast in lukewarm water and sugar for 15 minutes, or until it is foamy.
In a large bowl with an electric mixer beat 1 large egg with 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt until the mixture is thick and light. Beat in the yeast mixture, lukewarm milk, and melted and cooled butter.
Gradually add all-purpose flour, or enough to form a soft dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes, or until it is smooth and elastic, and form it into a ball. Put the dough in a buttered bowl, and let it rise, covered with plastic wrap, in a warm place for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until it is double in bulk.
Punch down the dough and on a floured surface roll it out 1/3 inch thick. With a 2 1/2-inch cutter dipped in flour cut out rounds. With a 1-inch round cutter dipped in flour cut out the centers from the rounds, reserving them. Gather the scraps into a ball, reroll the dough, and cut out doughnuts and holes in the same manner.
Transfer the doughnuts and holes with a spatula to a baking sheet sprinkled lightly with flour and let rise, uncovered, in a warm place for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until they are double in height.
In a large deep fryer heat 3 inches vegetable shortening or vegetable oil to 375 degrees F and in it fry the doughnuts, 4 at a time, for 1 minute on each side, or until they are golden brown and puffed, transferring them with a skimmer as they are fried to paper towels to drain.
Dip the doughnuts and holes, 1 at a time, in the glaze, turning them to coat them, and transfer them with tongs to a rack set over wax paper to dry.
1/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla (I used vanilla bean paste)
2 cups confectioners' sugar
Mix in bowl and dip doughnuts while still warm.
*These donuts are equally as good sprinkled with powdered sugar