Every winter when the snow would fall and the radio announcer put smiles on all the kids faces by saying "School's closed due to snow." Mom would mix up a batch of dough. She then bundled all 5 of us up and out we'd go. (By the time she finished zipping the coat of the last child the first child was wet and cold and ready to come in.)
Never did a batch of donuts get made without the story of her mother throwing out a bad batch of dough and the old hound dog who died from his belly swelling up. Therefore we were not to eat the dough. But who ever listens to their mom? 1 c. lukewarm water 1 c. milk 3/4 c. sugar 2 tsp. salt 1/2 c. soft shortening 2 eggs, beaten 7 to 7 1/2 c. flour
Heat milk, sugar, shortening and eggs too. Meanwhile dissolve yeast in water. When milk mixture cools. Add to the yeast mixture. Add 3 cups flour, beat well. Add the rest of the flour and knead. Let rise until double. Roll 1/2 inch and cut. Let raise again.
Then fry in deep fat. Top with glaze, cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar or chocolate.