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Yield: Makes approximately 2 dozen.

Celebrate a holiday with this breakfast recipe, an old standby from Nellie Reed of Owls Head, Maine.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lard or shortening
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 4 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk plus 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice)


Cream sugar and lard or shortening, and mix in beaten eggs. Sift together dry ingredients. Add buttermilk or sour milk alternately with dry ingredients to egg and sugar mixture. Stir until dough is well mixed and slightly sticky. Roll out dough until 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick, and cut with a doughnut cutter. Drop a few at a time into hot fat (350-360 degrees F) and turn immediately. Fry until golden brown and drain on paper towels before serving. If desired, sprinkle while hot with granulated or powdered sugar, or cinnamon and sugar.
Updated Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
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