In a bowl, mix together one cup sugar,
three and a half cups flour (I used a mix of half hard red and half hard white and they tasted great!), two teaspoons baking powder, one teaspoon baking soda,
one teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 tsp. nutmeg, one teaspoon salt,
one half cup buttermilk and a quarter cup apple cider...
Pour the batter/dough onto a generously floured piece of parchment paper. Generously flour the top. This dough is very loose, but we don't want to mix any more flour into the dough. Just cover it.
Now pat it out with your hand until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Flour more, if necessary.
Slide the parchment paper onto a cookie sheet and stick the patted out dough into the freezer for a half hour. This helps it firm up and makes it much easier to handle.
This is my doughnut cutter. You could alternately use a biscuit cutter or drinking glass. Just be sure to cut out little center holes. These cost about a dollar at antique centers.
Cut out your donuts and fry in veggie oil at 350 degrees until just golden, then carefully turn. Fry your doughnut holes the same way.
Set them on paper towels to cool. Dip in a cinnamon/sugar mixture OR.... mix together in a tiny saucepan 1/4 cup cider and sugar to taste and a bit of vanilla. When the sugar is dissolved and the glaze has cooled, dunk in your doughnut and have a little party in your mouth!
And yes, my donuts are notoriously good and notoriously misshapen. :)