My Great Grandmother and Great Aunt on my Mother’s side used to make the best doughnuts including Old Fashioned Molasses Doughnuts. They were a staple at every family gathering and devoured almost as soon as they arrived. Unfortunately both of them have passed away and their homemade doughnuts have been sadly missed.
My husband and I have been talking about making our own doughnuts for what seems like years now and frankly we were just too intimidated to actually do it. I don’t know why, but I always assumed that because homemade doughnuts taste so darned good they must be difficult to make.
I finally decided that I was up for the challenge and guess what? Doughnuts are EASY!!!! Seriously, it took my husband and I maybe an hour max, from start to finish to make these little bits of heaven. While I didn’t have my great grandmother’s recipe, My friend Linda lent me a terrific cookbook of old Maine recipes called Maine Sesquicentennial, which had this delightful recipe for Old Fashioned Homemade Molasses Doughnuts. I hope you enjoy as much as we did!
- 2 Eggs
- 1/4 cup Oil
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup molasses
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 4-6 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup buttermilk
- Extra sugar and cinnamon to shake doughnuts in
- Oil for frying
- Heat oil to about 375 degrees.
- Sift dry ingredients together.
- Mix sugar and oil, add eggs, molasses, dry ingredients and buttermilk.
- Roll out on a floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut with a doughnut cutter.
- Fry in hot oil to a light brown on one side then turn over and fry on other side.
- Place hot doughnuts in a paper bag with cinnamon and sugar.
- Shake to coat.