Sunday, October 2, 2011

What the Heck is a Spudnut?

Basically, it's a doughnut made with a potato base which originated in Germany.  The result - a fluffier, more airy version of the doughnut.

What was the first nationwide donut chain?  Krispy Kreme? Dunkin Donuts?  The answer is Spudnuts.  Two brothers invented this recipe in the 1940's.

I don't know how the conversation got started, but my boss was telling me about these donuts that his brother made and that they were the lightest, tastiest donuts he had ever eaten.  So my research began - and the result?
A lighter, almost cruller-type donut that I sooo miss from the bakery.

  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 quarts oil for frying
  • Sugar for coating
Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder and nutmeg.  Set aside.

In a separate bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar.  Add eggs and mashed potatoes to the mix.
Measure out the milk.  Add the flour mix alternately with the milk to the creamed mixture beginning and ending with flour.

**The dough will be soft - almost like a drop biscuit dough.  Cover and refrigerate overnight, if you don't want to make them right away.

Turn dough out onto a well floured surface and knead a few times.  Roll the dough until its about 1/2" thick.
Dip a donut cutter in flour and cut out doughnuts.
I did not have a donut cutter, so I compromised with a small tart cutter.

Heat fat to 365 degrees F.
Fry doughnuts about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.  Drain on brown paper or paper towels.
Not exactly the perfect donut, but I love the crunchy bits on the ends.
While still warm, shake donuts in sugar or cinnamon sugar.


  1. OMG Patti, These are fabulous! It's been forever since I made any kind of donuts. I'm gonna have to try these, bookmarked!

  2. They sound great Patti! Light and fluffy is good:@)

  3. Wow, these sound really great, Patti. Light and fluffy is exactly what I look for in a doughnut. Thank you for sharing this recipe at Joy of Desserts. I'm pinning it. :-)

  4. Spudnuts are great and once were a chain of donut stores. The last known store is in Charlottesville VA and is a family owned business that is a local staple.

  5. We still have a SpudNut shop in Eldorado,Arkansas. They are the best donuts. Will definitely give these a try.


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