First Published: October 6,2008… Last Updated: September 24, 2019
Mom’s Buttermilk Doughnuts are an old-fashioned, deep fried doughnut recipe that are also known as fry cakes. This cake like doughnut is deep fried until golden brown. The vanilla flavored cake encased in the crispy brown exterior is melt in your mouth delicious. They are extra delicious eaten fresh out of the fryer dipped in a sugar coating.
Deep Fried Buttermilk Doughnuts are a great way to treat your family on the weekend. They are a little time intensive, but so worth the end result. If you have never tried a homemade buttermilk doughnut, then you need to read on, because it an experience that everyone needs to have!
Documenting Mom’s Homemade Buttermilk Doughnuts
My mom has always been an amazing maker of all things bread-like. Three things she would make regularly in the home were biscuits, bread, and doughnuts. I remember as a young girl, I would watch her make her doughnuts, and anxiously wait until they would come out of the hot grease. We loved to eat them warm, either shaken up with a little powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, or dipped in some pure maple syrup.
If you have never eaten a freshly made fry cake, then you are certainly missing out. There is nothing else like it. I felt this method of making an old-fashioned doughnut should not disappear. Because of this, I decided to document my Mom’s method of making homemade buttermilk doughnuts.
Is it donut or doughnuts?
All of my life a Doughnut was a doughnut! The spelling of donut was always around, but spelling of donut became the more popular version when Dunkin’ Donuts came into existence. Neither one of these spellings are incorrect and actually, if you search either word on the internet, you get recipes with both spellings!
What you need to know about deep fried doughnuts
What is an old-fashioned doughnut?
An old fashioned doughnut is a cake like ring of fried dough that has been leavened with baking powder. It has a tender interior with a crispy exterior.
Is a yeast donut the same thing as a fry cake?
No, a yeast donut is a doughnut made with active yeast. The interior will be more like a sweet yeast bread and exterior is smooth and golden brown.
What is the difference between deep fried donuts and a baked donuts?
Deep fried donuts will have a crispy exterior with a soft interior. A baked donut will have more of a cake like texture all around.
Tips for making Homemade Buttermilk Doughnuts
Use a blender to combine the sugar, eggs, oil, buttermilk, and lemon juice. This will completely mix all the wet ingredients together well.
Measure dry ingredients and add together with flour in sifter, then sift into a large bowl.
Start the mixing with a hand mixer, then move to a spoon as the dough becomes stiffer.
The dough should be pliable when your turn it out onto a floured board. Finish mixing by hand until you have a stiff and workable dough.
Make sure you refrigerate the dough at least 30 minutes.
Once the doughnuts are cut, set them aside to rest for 30 minutes.
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Cutting the donut shape
When you remove the dough from fridge, gently pat out and shape the dough until about 1 inch thickness.
Use a donut cutter or a biscuit cutter. My mom uses a round biscuit cookie cutter for a bigger donut. Then she will cut out the donut holes using the removable center of the doughnut hole cutter.
Mom’s handwritten recipe card for Lucille Brewer’s Doughnuts
The recipe card shown below does not show the recipe the way my mom makes it. She has made this deep fried doughnut recipe for longer than I have been around, and the recipe has evolved with her over the years.
The card is the original recipe my Nanny used and she passed it on to mom. I shared this card with you so you could see the original version. Mom’s version is in my recipe card below.
How to repurpose a homemade buttermilk doughnut
It is very rare you will need to find a way to use doughnuts, other than just eating them. However, there are a couple of different ways to enjoy a doughnut that I thought I would share with you.
This is a donut sandwich I would eat in a heartbeat! A Maple Donut Breakfast Sandwich would be hard to resist with the sweet maple icing and bacon! Another sweet and savory treat to try is this Donut Monte Cristo Sandwich. A little spicy jam with that sandwich would add another layer of flavor that would make it a killer sandwich!
More doughnut recipes you may enjoy
We love our homemade donuts! My favorite yeast donut is this recipe for Apple Cider Glazed Doughnuts. When I make this recipe, I often will save a few doughnuts to glaze with a maple frosting.
Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.
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