These old fashioned donuts were awesome, I couldn't stop eating them. They are small enough to eat a few..so don't feel guilty.
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
3/4 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
3 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup milk
Oil for frying
Mix together the shortening, sugar, and egg yolks. Into another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. Stir into the first mixture alternately with 1 cup milk. Stir until dry ingredients are moistened, handling dough as little as possible. Roll dough to about 3/8-inch thickness on a floured cloth covered surface.
Let rolled out dough stand for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oil on medium heat. Oil should be at least 1 1/2 inches deep. Oil is ready when a doughnut center browns in about 1 minute. Cut doughnuts out with floured 2 1/2 or 3-inch doughnut cutter.
Fry doughnuts in the hot oil, turning carefully with a wooden spoon handle when the first crack appears. Continue cooking and turning until browned nicely. This will take about 1 1/2 minute total frying time. Drain doughnuts on paper towels.
Make them even better by sprinkling some powder sugar on them..Enjoy!!
Makes about 2 dozen doughnuts.