2 TBSP yeast
1/4 cup very warm water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup hot milk
4 â€“ 4 1/2 cups sifted flour
In a large bowl, stir the yeast into the very warm water. Take your 1/3 c. sugar and spill some in with your yeast, about a TBSP. Stir yeast mixture. Set aside.
Take your hot milk and put it in a medium bowl. (I use the 8 c. measuring cup for a doubled recipe, or the 4 c. measuring cup for a single batch, and it leaves plenty of room.) Stir in the rest of your sugar, and your salt, and butter. Stir until butter melts. If your milk isnâ€™t hot enough, scoop the butter out and melt it in the microwave. Cool the milk mixture to where you can stick your finger in for awhile and not have it uncomfortably warm. In a small bowl, beat your egg. Add it to the milk mixture. (If the milk mixture isnâ€™t quite cool enough, the egg will cool it down enough so it wonâ€™t kill your yeast.)
Add the milk mixture to the yeast mixture and stir. Beat 3 cups of sifted flour in, one cup at a time. Add another cup and start kneading in your bowl. You may or may not need the last 1/2 c. flour. After kneading the dough until soft, not sticky, put into a large, greased bowl. Turn over once to get both sides greased. Cover and set to rise until double, about 1 1/4 â€“ 1 1/2 hours.
Punch dough and knead a few times till all smooth again. Cut into circles with the middles cut out, or whatever shape you want them in. Gently slip into hot oil, and deep fry until both sides are golden.