Introduction: Spudnuts (Potato Doughnuts)

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I grew up in Idaho, and one thing you can get in Idaho, is Spudnuts. Spudnuts are much better than doughnuts.   In Idaho, a spud is a potato, and of course, homemade anything is the best.  This recipe will make 2 dozen, 3 inch Spudnuts. Mine were over 3½ inches so I didn’t get so many.   Let’s make Spudnuts.

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½ lb. russet potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed (don’t add butter or milk) (Learn how here:
¼ cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast (2 teaspoons)
¾ cup warm milk (I used ¾ cup warm water and 1 Tbsp. powdered milk)
¼ cup veg. oil (I used olive oil)
¼ cup sugar
1 egg
½ teaspoon salt
3½-4 cups flour
Extra oil for deep fat frying
Cooking spray (not shown)

Glaze recipe:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 ½ tablespoons of water
½ teaspoon of vanilla

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Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Bread mixer
Doughnut cutter (not shown)
Rolling pin
Pan to fry in
Cooling racks
Forks or chopsticks (not shown)
Dish towel

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In the bread mixer put the yeast in the warm water. 

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Add the mashed potatoes,

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egg and salt.

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Add enough flour to form soft dough.  

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Remove from the bread mixer and place in a greased bowl, turning the dough once so that the top of the dough is greased.  Cover with a towel and let rise until double, about 1 hour.

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While the dough rises, mix the glaze ingredients together until smooth and set aside until needed.
Punch the dough down and let it rise again until double (this time about 30 minutes).

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Put the dough out on the cooking spray covered counter.

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Use the rolling pin to roll out the dough to about ½” thick.  .

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Cut out spudnuts with the doughnut cutter.

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Heat the oil to 375°.  Fry doughnuts few at a time until one side is golden brown. 

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The chop stick makes it easy to flip the spudnuts over and fry the other side.

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Let as much oil as possible drip from the spudnut.

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and then put it in the glaze. 

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Remove it from the glaze and place on the cooling rack to cool. 

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YUM, reminds me of growing up in Idaho!  ENJOY!


MaryB190 (author)2017-09-06

Can this recipe be baked. I have an air fryer and wish to bake rather than fry. When I was growing up, we had a bake shop who made these and they were huge, and also my favorite. You might like to know they only cost 10 cents, and no was not in Moses's time. ha ha

craftknowitall (author)MaryB1902017-09-06

Since it is a yeast dough and yeast dough bread can be "baked" I don't see why this shouldn't work out. Give it a try and let us know how it worked. Thanks for asking.

cattibalistic (author)2013-11-21

I was thinking about making sweet potato (yam) spudnuts for thanksgiving but I'm wondering if there would be anything different. Does anyone have any ideas/tips?


Here is a recipe for sweet potato doughnuts:!    Paula Deen's stuff is usually very good.  Good luck!

PotatoCoffee (author)2012-08-27


ecsaul23 (author)2012-06-03

AWESOME! In my area in Mississippi they are called tatonuts and there is only one shop that sells them

craftknowitall (author)ecsaul232012-06-03

Then you are one lucky person. Thanks for looking.

Paracord Ninja16 (author)2012-06-02

i agree that idaho (born there) is awesome

Will always love Idaho. Thanks.

lmnopeas (author)2012-05-31

Yum! These look delicious!

craftknowitall (author)lmnopeas2012-06-03


Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-05-31

Ooh! Want, want, want!

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