3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup buttermilk
Heat fat or oil (3 to 4-inches deep) to 375 degrees in a deep fryer or kettle.
Measure 1 1/2 cups flour and the remaining ingredients into a lare mixer bowl. Blend for 30 seconds on low speed, scraping down the sides of bowl constantly. Beat for 2 minutes at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in the remaing flour.
Turn the dough out onto a well-floured board; roll around lightly to coat with the flour. Gently roll the dough out to 3/8-inch thickness. Cut with a floured donut cutter.
With a wide thin spatula, slide the donuts into the hot fat. Turn the donuts as they rise to the surface. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown on both sides. Carefully remove from the fat; do not prick the surface of the donut. Drain well on paper towels. Serve donuts, plain, sugared, or frosted.
Yield: 2 dozen donuts
NOTE: Do not use self-rising flour for this recipe as it will not turn out well.