Jill Shramek of Powell, Wyoming adapted a recipe from her Czechoslovakian in-laws to make the dough for these sweet treats in her bread machine. "They are the best baked doughnuts you'll ever eat," she promises. "They're tender and terrific."
In later years, when Mother at long last retired her faithful old country stove, she moved to Florida. When grandchildren came to visit, she made them this Southern version of her Heartland fried cakes.
Meet the Cook: We have four boys - 13, 7, 6 and 5 - and these doughnuts never last long at our house. I like making them because I don't have to clean up a greasy mess.
-Susie Baldwin, Columbia, Tennessee
Opposites attract deliciously in these irresistible beignets—crispy outside and soft and fluffy inside. Salty bacon sugar contrasts nicely with the sweet corn in the pastries.—Cheryl Perry, Hertford, North Carolina