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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

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