3 cups unbleached all purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup carbonated soda
1/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease standard size donut pan(s). Whisk dry ingredients together. Stir in wet ingredients to form a soft, sticky dough. Turn dough out on a floured surface. Knead in enough dough to make smooth. Pat out to 1/2". Cut with a cookie cutter, jar, lid whatever will fit your pan. Cut a smaller piece out of the center. Put donut dough in pan(s) and cook 10 to 13 minutes until done, tester comes out clean.
I thought, after I patted some out, that I should have just put the sticky dough in the donut pan without rolling it out. I'll try that next time. Tomorrow, maybe. ~smile~ You could also use mini muffin pans to cook these in although I don't know how long they would take.
Alternately, heat oil in a heavy, deep pot to 375 degrees F. Making certain it is steadily at 375 degree F temperature. Carefully put donuts and holes and fry until bottom is brown...it's just a matter of seconds, flip over and cook until brown. Cook only a few at the time. Place on paper towels to drain. Top with your favorite glaze, cinnamon or powdered sugar. Enjoy!
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