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Catholic Recipe: Doughnuts


  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 Tablespoons melted shortening
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon


Prep Time: 40 minutes

Difficulty: • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:15+



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The doughnut was originally a variation on the soul cake, in the shape of a never ending circle as a greater reminder of everlasting life and our passage to it.


Beat the eggs, milk and shortening. Stir in sifted dry ingredients. Roll the dough on a well-floured board until one-fourth inch thick. Cut with doughnut cutter. Fry the doughnuts in deep fat at 370┬░ until brown. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon while still warm.

Recipe Source: Cooking for Christ by Florence Berger, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 4625 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310, 1949, 1999