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Sweet Potato-Cranberry Doughnuts

I grew up near Idaho, which is famous for spudnuts, a doughnut made from mashed potatoes. I reworked a recipe using sweet potatoes and cranberries to come up with this variation. I like to serve them for dessert. —Joni Hilton, Rocklin, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Cook: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried cranberries
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons apple cider or juice

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar, yeast, cinnamon, salt and 1-1/2 cups flour. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, shortening and water to 120°-130°; add to dry ingredients. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the eggs, mashed potatoes and cranberries; beat 2 minutes longer. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
  • Do not knead. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll out to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. doughnut cutter; reroll scraps. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Combine confectioners' sugar and apple cider; dip warm doughnuts in glaze.
Nutrition Facts
1 glazed doughnut: 191 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • deb9962
    Jun 7, 2016

    Oh my heck!!! These are heavenly!!!!

  • Angel182009
    Jan 3, 2016

    These donuts were amazing! I wasn't sure how sweet potato would be in them but they we're great. The perfect blend of flavored. I used less apple juice for the icing because my family likes our doughnuts with a thick glaze.