2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, plus more for deep frying
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup canned evaporated milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch ground mace
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar, or 3/4 cup granulated sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, or sifted confectioners' sugar
Melt the 2 tablespoons shortening in a small sauce pan. Set aside to cool slightly but remain liquid.In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the sugar and melted shortening together on medium speed. Add the egg and beat well. Add the evaporated milk and vanilla, continue beating until the mixture is light, about 2 minutes.Sift the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, mace, and salt into a medium bowl. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture on low speed until just combined. The texture of the dough will be soft and loose. Turn dough out of the bowl onto a large piece of plastic wrap and wrap it well. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.Roll the chilled dough out on a very lightly dusted workspace until its about 1/2-inch thick. Dip the edges of a 2-inch round cutter in flour and cut the dough into discs. Place cut dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet.Heat about 2-inches of shortening in a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 375 degrees F. Line a large plate with paper towels. Working in batches, fry the doughnuts, turning once, until they are golden brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer the doughnuts from the oil with a slotted spoon or skimmer to the prepared pan. Cool. Repeat with remaining dough, taking care the oil comes back to the correct temperature between each batch.
For sugared doughnuts, roll the doughnuts in sugar or cinnamon sugar while they are still warm.
For confectioners' sugared covered doughnuts allow the doughnuts to cool completely before rolling in the confectioners' sugar.
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“Let's go!" yelled my dad. "It takes about an hour to get the Big E." As I rushed down the stairs, I remembered that we had to pick up Jenny on the way. I reminded my dad that I invited her to go with us. I was excited to go on amusement rides and eat all different kinds of food. My dad and I hopped in the car to Jenny's house. She got in the car and we talked the whole car ride. I kept talking about the times I went to the Big E in the past. Finally, we arrived at the fair.
We walked down a long and busy street. We had to wait in a never ending line for ten minutes. In line I could see the tall amusement rides towering over me. I got into the fair and we started planning out where we were going to go. Jenny and I were hungry, so we skipped around to see all the choices of food that was offered. We saw cotton candy, curly french fries, and hot dogs, but wasn't good enough for us. We needed something interesting. Finally, we saw something new and exciting that we have never had before. In front of was the coolest thing ever. There was a small booth with a machine. This machine made mini donuts. I stared at them getting flipped and formed. My dad said, " I remember that I had these once before." Jenny asked, "Should we get some?" I said, "Yeah sure!" My dad bought us a large bag of 18 mini donuts that we could share.
We carried them with us to the gigantic slide. The bag was, sadly, almost empty, but I brought some donuts with me on the ride down. On the slide as I was chewing one, the fluffy doughnut came out of my mouth. Jenny and I started laughing so hard because a piece flew back and hit her in the face. My dad was behind us just chewing on his own. All of a sudden, a doughnut that Jenny was holding fell out of her hand. Now, my dad was even laughing, trying not to choke. When we reached the bottom, I noticed the mini doughnut that dropped out of Jenny's hand. It touched the edge of the mat I was riding on. We pretended like we didn't see it and got off the ride. It was so dirty that we choose not to pick it up and just left it there.
We left the fair and drove Jenny back to her house. Jenny said excitedly, "I had a great time with you. I will always remember our mini doughnut adventures." I know she wasn't kidding because I had so much fun too! We went on amusement rides and had a bunch of food. I didn't want Jenny to go home that day. Even though I was with my friend, my dad was glad that we went with him. I will never forget the time I went to the Big E with Jenny and my daddy."
Submitted by: "Miranda M."