Marie Reimers Kelley

Marie ReimersMarie Reimers Kelley (1891-1965)

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The Kelleys in Holstein This file contains more information including the birth records of her sons and the places the Kelleys lived in Holstein.

Here is a conversation his sons: my dad, Dean Kelley, had with his brother Warren Kelley reminiscing about family stories:

When my dad was growing up his mom would make these German Doughnuts. An aunt, I think, watched her make them and wrote the recipe down. My mom started making them, as well. I have continued the tradition. My dad included the recipe in a family recipe book he made for his kids from Christmas 1996. Here is that recipe:

In my attempt to reduce gluten, dairy and refined cane sugar for my anti-inflammatory diet. I have been making them gluten-free. This year (2017), I made the following substitutions and additions:

  • Goat’s milk instead of cow’s milk.
  • Coconut oil instead of Crisco.
  • (I soak the raisins in water to soften them for a little while.)
  • I added 3 eggs instead of 2 this year.
  • Flours used: a generic Gluten-Free flour blend, Premium Gold Flax & Ancient Grains All-purpose flour, almond flour, sorghum flour. In a ratio of 2:2:1:1. (I think I used: 1 cup : 1 cup : 1/2 cup : 1/2 cup, maybe more.—It is important add the flours a little at a time (1/2 cup-1/4 cup) using a sifter to prevent clumping. The consistency of the batter should be like a very thick pancake batter: thick, sticky, but still a liquid, that doesn’t hold its shape.
  • Coconut sugar instead of cane sugar.
  • I added 1 tbsp. lemon juice with the moist ingredients.
  • I added 1 tbsp. xanthan gum and 1 tsp. baking soda to the dry ingredients.

It works best if the spoonfuls of batter are fairly small. I kept the oil about 360°F. You can sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.