Share the Love: Halloween & Fall Memories

Wednesday, October 28

This is an old family recipe that we seemed to only make on Halloween.  The men usually escorted the kids out for trick or treating while my Grandmother, Mother and Aunt stayed home to pass out treats, and to make the doughnuts while we were gathering the loot.  

When we finally found our way home, a little chilled, usually with runny noses, and waaaaay to much candy, we would come into a house that smelled like home.  Warm, inviting, with family, friends, food and drink that to this day still mean "Fall" to me.  We would sit around the table with our Apple Cider , and hot doughnuts deciding how we wanted to decorate them and which were the most tasty combinations, and talk about our candy adventures. 

It's one of my favorite memories and holiday traditions. Making these homemade doughnuts now makes me smile to remember the shared moments like these, especially since some of my loved ones are no longer with us.   We gathered as a family, but it was a time that was just for fun.  There aren't the pressures of all of the cooking for Thanksgiving, and all of the busy holidays stresses of Christmas and New Year.  It was a time for fun, laughter, good food, and for everyone to be a kid again...even if it was for just one night.  That's why Halloween and the fall season is one of my favorite times of the year.

Halloween is just a few days you have any favorite Fall or Halloween traditions to share?

Potatoe Doughnuts

2 beaten eggs
1 Cup sugar
2 Tablespoons canola oil
1 Cup of mashed potatoes
1 Cup of sour milk*
4 1/2 Cups of flour
1 teaspoon of salt
4 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of nutmeg

  1. Beat eggs and sugar until light. 
  2. Add oil and mashed potatoes, then the sour milk*. Beat until smooth.
  3. Add flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg just until mixed. 
  4. Chill dough. Once chilled roll the dough to 1/2 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface and use doughnut cookie cutter to cut out shapes. 
  5. Fry dough in an electric skillet at 375 degrees, turning once. Place on paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  6. Top with your favorite doughnut toppings. Ours are chocolate icing, sprinkles, nuts, and coconut, sugar, and sliced almonds.  Be creative that's part of the fun :)
*how to make sour milk= add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to milk and let stand for approx 15 min until it appears curdled.

Hope you have a yummy Wednesday!

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Anonymous,  October 28, 2009 at 1:44 AM  

Will have to try the potato doughnut recipe. Sounds good.

Razlover's Book Blog October 28, 2009 at 1:48 AM  

Thanks for sharing your recipe for the potato doughnuts!

Looks very yummy!

Jane October 28, 2009 at 5:23 AM  

That sounds tasty. I'm going to have to try your recipe.

alba October 28, 2009 at 3:15 PM  

When I was a little girl we use to go out the night before Halloween my sister & I would work on our witch costumes boys would be warlocks we would do minor thing like knock on doors hiding round the corner most times people were expecting it would open the door & scream witches " get thee away" then pass out homemade treacle toffee and candy apples to sweeten us LOL.
My mom would always have black teacle toffee at this time of year.
She also made sure we had some for GUY Forks night November 5 big bonfire with a guy on top fireworks I miss those childhood days.
have a good one.
Thank for the recipe I will have to try them.

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle October 28, 2009 at 4:34 PM  

This recipe sounds both fun and yummy! I told my Mom about it today, and we may give it a try this Halloween (or maybe Thanksgiving). Thanks so much for sharing your fun memories and the recipe.

:) Wendi

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