From Southern Living Feb. 2011. I have tried many different recipes, but this one in my opinion, is by far the best.
½ tablespoon dried yeast
1 ½ cups warm water (105-115) divided
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp salt
¼ cup shortening (and I have used, successfully, coconut oil)
6 1/2-7 cups bread flour
Vegetable oil for deep frying
Sifted powdered sugar (icing sugar) to serve
1. Make the yeast mixture: Combine yeast, ½ cup warm water and 1 tsp granulated sugar in a bowl of a heavy duty stand mixer. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add milk, eggs, salt and remaining granulated sugar.
2. Form Dough: Microwave remaining 1 cup water until hot (about 115 degrees); stir in shortening until melted. add to yeast mixture. Beat at a low speed, gradually adding 4 cups of flour, until smooth. Gradually add remaining 2 ½ – cups flour, beating until a sticky dough forms.
Transfer to a lightly greased bowl, cover with greased ? film. Chill 4-24 hours.
3. Roll and Cut: Turn dough out onto a floured surface, roll to ¼” thickness. Cut into 2 ½ squares (I use a pizza cutter).
4. Fry until golden: Pair ? 2-3 inches into dutch oven. (Wide mouth, medium depth). Heat to 360 degrees. Fry in batches 2-3 minutes on each side until golden. Drain on wire rack and dust with sugar.
Makes about 6 dozen